This years Major Cities of Europe Conference 2017 was held on 12th until 14 June in Zagreb. The SmartGov project took part in the conference, where it was represented by the project partners „Danube University Krems“ and „Active“.
The Major Cities of Europe Conference attracts speakers from European cities and with different background reaching from practice (CIOs, Policy Makers and City Managers) to academia. Its goal is to share best practices and innovative solutions from Start-ups, SMEs and EU projects. Roundtables and discussions allow the participants to share their ideas, initiatives, experiences and learn from each other.
The slogan of this year was „The Digital Future – Cities facing the reality“ and focused on digital transformation in Smart Cities, its achievements and challenges. The sessions presented the actual status of social media in local government decisions and which solutions can support local politicians and local public servants. Further emerging technologies and their impact in public administration were presented, including blockchain technology, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. The resilience of cities to natural disasters and the role of technology in cities due to them was discussed. The different contributions demonstrated the urgent need that urban innovation and digitalisation in the public sector services need strategies for sustainability, which are based on multi-stakeholder governance integrating different local stakeholders.
The SmartGov project, funded by JPI Urban Europe presented its project goals in the speed dating sessions to cheer up with other projects, policy makers, city managers and other related stakeholders.
Very fruitful discussions were enabled at the SmartGov information booth.
More information can be found on the Major Cities of Europe 2017 Website