How can DIHs help the transition towards smart cities?

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Published on: 21/04/2020

Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), organisations with a not-for-profit objective, supporting the digital transformation of SMEs and public sector organisations. They provide access to technical expertise and experimentation (“test before invest”) as well as innovation services, such as financing advice, training and skills development that are needed for a successful digital transformation.

The current COVID-19 epidemic has demonstrated that public administrations need to speed up their digital transformation in order to be able to effectively respond to today’s and tomorrow’s crises. Be it the testing an AI-enabled data analytics tool or designing a full-fledged digital strategy, it is often difficult for cities and municipalities to decide on a specific supplier or solution. Moreover, it is not only a merely digital transition, but one that is also sustainable, circular and resilient. DIHs, Living Labs, City Labs or other, locally/regionally embedded innovation structures could be helpful to work with.

The workshop on 30/04/2020 will explore 'How can Digital Innovation Hubs help the transition towards smart cities?’.

It aims to bring together DIHs, Living Labs, City Labs, Policy Labs as well as cities and municipalities to share good practices for helping cities develop their digital strategies, establish the foundations of their smart city and start developing concrete services. The workshop will allow stakeholders gain a better understanding of the kind of services DIHs could offer to public administrations at local level and progress in identifying what the DIHs technological and innovation services could encompass when serving the public sector.



Agenda (11:00-13:00)

  • Intro (’15)
    • Digital Innovation Hubs under DEP – Anne-Marie Sassen, DG CONNECT, A2
    • DIHs serving the public sector, Andrea Halmos, DG CNECT
  • Building a digital / sustainable strategy in cities (’50):
    • Intelligent Cities Challenge, Iordana Eleftheriadou, DG GROW
    • IQ Kecskemet, Tamas Gyulai, Hungary
    • Citizen-centered urban digital services, Hillen Oost, VNG, Netherlands
    • CAP Digital, Manuella Portier, France
    • Demos Helsinki, Olli Bremer, Finland
    • Digital Partners, Anys Boukli, Switzerland
    • Digital Maturity Assessment, Improve, Manuel Seuffert, Germany
  • Foundations of a European smart city (’15):
    • Urban Digital Platforms, AI and IoT in cities, Martin Brynskov, Synchronicity
    • Digital Infrastructure Building Blocks for smart cities, Joao Rodrigues Frade, DG DIGIT
  • Smart city services (’35):
    • Urban digital public services, RINIS, Ron Joosten, Netherlands
    • Smart Energy DIH presenter, Vidmantas Janulevicius, Lithuania
    • AI for SDGs, AIR4S DIH, Javier Valero Criado, Spain
    • AI DIH Network and the public sector, Giovanna Galasso, PwC
  • Conclusions (‘5)