Cities and regions are entering a new era of transformation. A digital transformation embracing social, economic, urban, mobility, educational, techno- logical and cultural changes. The smart city concept which is gaining momentum globally already highlights the key investments being made for the technological transformation of cities and regions. Further, territories have an important role to play as launch pads for digital transformation by all and for all.
Canals, tulips and coffee shops are probably the first things that come to mind when thinking about Amsterdam. Yet soon, the city will also resonate with “sharing”. In February 2015, Amsterdam was named the first European Sharing City. The objective of Amsterdam Sharing City is to use the opportunities that the collaborative economy offers in the fields of sustainability, social cohesion and economy.
ICT is one of the specialisation areas of the region of Łódzkie. Yet, despite the presence of good ICT systems and applications (possibly provided by businesses) in the region, there is no guarantee that people will also use them. In order to transform the Łódzki region into a digital launch pad, public authorities need to raise the interest and build digital skills for future users.
While New York was lagging behind the Silicon Valley in California and Boston regarding innovation and entrepreneurship before 2010, its recent performances are remarkable. Today, NYC appears as a leading hub for the development of new technology companies thanks to the strong involvement of all the public and private stakeholders.
The creation of an entrepreneurial culture in Luxembourg is not an easy task. The level of entrepreneurial activity in Luxembourg City could have stayed low, had it not been for the initiatives of bold individuals dedicated to turning Luxembourg into a digital nation.
Lund is often called the City of Ideas. It is renowned as the birthplace of many commonplace objects such as the mobile phone, the tetra-pak milk carton and the fingerprint reader to name but a few. Yet, in order to become truly an open innovative city, a collaborative culture of innovation remains to be cultivated.
Ranked as the “world best practice” in the implementation of the concept of smart cities, Trento i
Over the years, Tallinn has developed a strong digital entrepreneurship culture.
Over the past decade, the Métropole Nice Cote d’Azur has become a global leader in the use ICTs.
Over the last five years, Lisbon has been designing and actively promoting an entrepreneurial vision.
Hambug has developed a set of policies and reforms that facilitated its efforts to become a Digital and Smart City.