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#SmartGov at the JPI Urban Europe Conference “Engaging for impact”

Last results of our SmartGov project were presented at the JPI Urban Europe Conference “Engaging for Impact” by Malgorzata Goraczek in Brussels.

The conference debated how to strengthen the European capacities and competencies on urban sustainability and how to create local impact. Urban challenges, as well as the role of research and practive for innovation in Europe were discussed.

Mayors from European cities, as well as funded projects by JPI Urban Europe presented they work in this conference.

Further workshops and seminars brought together participants to influence implementation of the JPI Urban Europe strategic research and innovation agenda.

Break-out sessions offered the exchange in following topics:
• Public sector as a transformation agent
• Cities as urban data laboratories
• Enhancing impact and scaling up solutions
• Social innovation and social entrepreneurship in the circular economy
• Sustainable accessibility

More information about the JPI and the Conference: JPI news

Connected Smart City Track #CeDEM17

“Connected Smart City” at CeDEM17

The track “Connected Smart City” at CeDEM17 (Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government) provided a platform for the various living labs, initiatives and projects that work on or with concepts of “Smart Cities”.

It aimed at sharing experiences as well as test results and to further investigate relations of innovative technologies and democratic societies. Following presentations about “Smart Cities” and were presented:

Title: [X]Changing Perspectives: enriching multistakeholder deliberation with embodiment in participatory society (Philemonne Jaasma and Evert Wolters)

The focus of the presentations was on the design of a tool that supports participatory processes of policies. It presented the way of designing a system for citizens initiatives using physical and visual elements.

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Philémonne Jaasma presented the design process of [X]Changing Perspectives. It aimed to explore how design might enrich deliberation with participatory sensemaking. She presented three case studies which were conducted in real life public issues with groups of 32 – 110 multi-stakeholder participants. It was showed how the sessions were filmed and analysed through video analysis. The outcomes demonstrated that physical triggers contributed to equal participation and to constructive deliberation. This design process of a system to support participatory services for citizen initiatives using physical and visual elements is shown in following video

Smart Cities of Self-Determined Data Subjects (Jan Frece and Thomas Selzman)

The focus of the presentation was on describing the process from a data consumer to an analytics provider from step to step.

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Jan Frece presented how Smart Cities depend on data from numerous different sources. He showed how adding personal data from private sources to a smart city’s resources increases its relevance. Important questions that must be taken into account were presented e.g.: legal compliance or ethical soundness. The importance to assure  that personal data will not be used for anything beyond its aim was pointed out. For this a solution for self-determined data subjects (SDDS) was presented. This solution 1) keeps private and personal data decentralized and 2) uses safe locations.

Towards an Open Data based ICT Reference Architecture for Smart Cities (Ina Schieferdecker, Nikolay Tcholtchev, Philipp Lämmel, Robert Scholz, Evanela Lapi)

The focus of the presentation was on presenting the “trianglium” project, which aims to create an ICT Reference Architecture and interfaces for Smart Cities, in which Open Data can be used.

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Robert Scholz presented the importance to investigate concepts, which enable the unification and the common understanding and the replication of ICT architectures. He pointed out how to achieve an unified approach which aims to fulfill complex and integrative ICT solutions for Smart Cities. The presented approach aims to base on the idea of openness with 1) respect to interfaces 2)software components and 3) data. It was shown that those are seen as the main ingredient of an ICT eco-system for Smart Cities.

Combined model of smart cities and electronic payments (Ralf Martin Soe and Olga Mikheeva)

The focus of the presentation was on showing if and how electronic payment can be used as indicator of smart cities.

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Ralf Martin Soe presented the financial dimension of Smart Cities – in setting the link between the smart city and electronic payments. He showed the comparison of  two groups of cases – East Asian: Singapore and Hong Kong  and Northern European: Tallinn and Helsinki. The research question analysed was: “can the level of electronic payments be used as a proxy for smart cities?”  The outcome aims to point out that incorporating financial services provision (electronic payment systems) would help to move from a rather abstract notions of smart economy and smart living towards more concrete technological and policy initiatives.

More information about CeDEM17:
CeDEM17

Smart City Governance – Exploitation Workshop by JPI Urban Europe

The SmartGov project was represented by Malgorzata Goraczek, the coordinator of the “SmartGov” project on 2nd March 2017 in Brussels. The Exploitations Workshop with focus on Smart City Governance was organised by the funding agency JPI Urban Europe.

The aim was to develop the aspects of smart city approaches: developing a tool box or a set of instruments of how to support transurban learning and innovation. JPI Urban Europe is exploring challenges and issues to support instruments and approaches shaped to increase integrated urban development in the field of smart and sustainable cities.

Following themes were discussed during the workshop:

“Theme 1: How to handle disruptive innovation and niche markets? Moderated by Amy Olsson – JPI Urban Europe

Which ‘conventional business models’ are supporting urban governance capacities? Do successful new business models counter existing business models’ in having negative externalities?

Theme 2: How to articulate city challenges and needs? Moderated by Ania Rok – ICLEI

The main question was how city related business models will look like: Is there a need for new business models for integrated, multi-sectoral solutions, rather than “simple” ICT applications? Cities and public administrations provide much of the demand. Also cities enable innovation with regulations and procurement.

Theme 3: Who is in and out of the ecosystem? Moderated by Jonas Bylund – JPI Urban Europe

New actors might be needed for new business models: Who are those actors? How to create an ecosystem? Do we need more intermediary kinds of actors? For instance, the changing role of citizens into prosumers challenges traditional, corporate business models. There is also an identified need for intermediaries that share features of both public and private actors.

Theme 4: What are the keys to unlocking the potentials? Moderated by Tomas Soukup – GISAT

A systemic approach for screening/evaluating successful business models in Europe is needed. A lot of knowledge is lost in translation between settings. Is this an opportunity for a brokering-translation kind of business model?”1

  1. Parts of the text have been taken from the distrubuted agenda during the meeting

SmartGov insights in the “upgrade” magazine

The “upgrade” magazine wrote an article about the SmartGov project with insights of the goals of the SmartGov project.

The current edition of ” upgrade”, the magazine of Danube University Krems highlights trends and topics of social and educational policy relevance from different perspectives and creates space for interdisciplinary approaches.

Sonja Tautermann wrote the article “Smarte Daten für Smarte Städte” about the SmartGov project in the newest edition around digitalization and automation.

Click here to read the article

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The SmartGov project is funded by JPI Urban Europe with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.