On 4-6 April, Lyon Metropole hosted the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, which brought together representatives from over 20 cities for a discussion on ’Co-creating smart cities’.
These three days of inspiring meetings, workshops, presentations, and discussions focused on co-creation and co-design practices developed by cities. Participants exchanged views on their respective innovative collaborative and participatory approaches. The forum started with a members’ meeting, where participants heard about projects and policies developed at European level and relevant to their work. During this speed networking session, participants were updated on recent developments and could ask questions relevant to their work in their own city.
Lyon, 'lighthouse' city in the Smarter Together project, presented its smart city strategy and data platform, which puts citizens at the heart of all initiatives. Participants visited TUBÀ, the host city’s unique laboratory, which experiments with new urban practices and services. On the second day, they were invited to the studio Pôle PIXEL, where they were introduced to the work of local entrepreneurs active in cultural and creative industries.
Participants had several opportunities for in-depth discussions about data protection, data security, and the data economy in general, and heard presentations by Oulu, Eindhoven, and Lyon on the EU digital transition partnership.
A session moderated by Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele, Sharing Cities replication lead on ‘co-creating smart cities’, included a discussion on how cities practice co-creation in their projects and what lessons they can learn. The session started with presentations delivered by Guus Sluijter (TRIANGULUM, Eindhoven), Alessandra Barbieri (REPLICATE, Florence), and Clive Peckham (ERUDITE, Interreg Europe project). They were asked to highlight specific areas where co-creation and citizen participation lead to better infrastructure and services in cities, and to identify what works, what does not work - and why.
On the final day of the forum, a group of members discussed their experiences related to e-government services and access to technologies, while others worked on the draft of a guidebook for politicians on the benefits of the implementation of standards and interoperability in cities. A study visit was also organised to Lyon’s Confluence urban development project, which aims to encourage human-powered transport and limit environmental impact. The meeting ended with a visit to SIdO, the leading international showroom where over 250 exhibitors and 100 startups displayed their Internet of Things projects.
EUROCITIES: Federica Bordelot (Federica.email@example.com)
Sharing Cities: Bernadett Köteles- Degrendele (Bernadett.firstname.lastname@example.org)
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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