The smart use of digital technologies in today's hyper-connected world provides unprecedented opportunities. Taking on board these technologies in the 'traditional' public sector and in (Smart) Cities will contribute to modernising city administrations and the public sector as a whole for delivering better results. Opening up public data, services and processes facilitates collaboration, citizen participation and engagement fosters the re-use of existing solutions, co-creation of public services and transparent decision-making. Budgetary constraints and increasing complexity push for the co-creation of public services together with citizens and the private sector:
More than 400 submissions to the recent invitation for commitments (closed on 15 June), of which 48 have a citizens’ focus, show the high interest in the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities.
The work session presented inspiring examples on how the smart use of ICT, open government, and social innovation can generate new business opportunities through collaboration and participation, also in 'traditional' companies in a city. Discussions and presentations also explored new models that can stimulate and catalyse the revival of civic engagement. Innovators discussed which conditions apply for successful implementation of ICT innovation, in particular in a local context.