The Digital Cities Challenge was launched on 12 October in Brussels during the ‘Supporting cities and regions to become successful digital ecosystems’ workshop which took place during the European Week of Regions and Cities.
The challenge was first launched by the European Commission and helps cities build their digital presence and capacities, through developing digital policies to transform the daily lives of their residents, businesses, workers and entrepreneurs. Advanced technologies represent many opportunities for cities and when exploited efficiently can help a city transform itself into a better place to live with high quality infrastructure, a data rich environment, a digitally skilled workforce and the digital capacity to support entrepreneurs and business with digital transformation. The challenge gives selected cities access to tailored resources (in the local language) including high-level digital transformation experts, innovative training sessions, networking opportunities, self-assessment tools and support towards creating strong digital transformation strategies.
The second round of applications has just closed, and will decide which cities will join the first round winners: Algeciras, Granada, Iași, L’Aquila, Patras, Sofia, Thessaloniki and Ventspils. Stay tuned to Watify social media as we follow the competition and bring you the latest updates on which cities will join the challenge.