Sharing Cities aims to help cities change their attitude and procedures in order for them to be able to devise and implement replicable smart cities solutions. Municipalities all over the world face similar challenges and could benefit from similar opportunities. The Sharing Cities programme enables them to bit and test their ideas and solutions against the perspectives of others. By heeding the needs and priorities of their inhabitants, the cities can also accelerate their ‘digital first’ strategies.
The Sharing Cities consortium brings together six European cities with diverse and complementary profiles. Lisbon, London and Milan – the three ‘lighthouse’ cities – share common challenges; bring extensive experiences; and are committed to working together in developing and implementing replicable urban digital solutions and models for collaboration. ‘Fellow’ cities of Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw have played a very active role in driving the adoption and exploitation of specific solutions.
Through the EUROCITIES network, the programme also encourages learning and scaling-up in at least 100 other cities across Europe.
In the demonstration areas – Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, Porta Romana/Vettabbia in Milan and downtown Lisbon – the ‘lighthouse’ cities have retrofitted buildings; introduced shared electric mobility services; and installed energy management systems, smart lamp posts and an urban sharing platform in consultation with communities and residents.
Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw have identified their respective priority measures. By allocating funds from other sources and by suggesting applicable business models, Sharing Cities provides support for implementing the measures that are relevant to their chosen programmes and plans. Their experiences, alongside softer lessons and general guidance can be found in our Replication Handbook, available for cities interested in implementing similar smart city solutions.