innovation

“Innovation is not just about product development: it is about how our society changes and improves” Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

‘Innovation’ describes the process of producing and putting into place something new, be it a product or process. An innovation is therefore the end output of the process of innovation.

Often, economic growth is the main incentive for innovation. Innovative societies are also developing solutions to challenges such as climate change and tackling inequalities. 

Cities and their partners facilitate technological, market-based innovation, as well as leading the ‘public’ and ‘social’ innovation that is key to Europe’s global competitiveness. Cities provide the critical mass of markets, consumers and businesses to serve as laboratories of growth and innovation.

Municipal administrations are both innovators and supporters of innovation. On the one hand, their infrastructure and services - business incubators, research and development clusters, adult learning, or local partnerships - are conducive to innovation. Similarly, they are able to drive forward innovation by exercising their powers, for example, though stringent urban planning policies that ensure new approaches to housing, or procurement calls that favour new approaches to product design.

On the other hand, city administrations are innovators themselves. They adapt their work and services to respond to changing circumstances. By drawing on local intelligence, cities can develop entirely new solutions to challenges, such as healthcare or transport congestion.

We believe that cities should be placed at the heart of the EU’s Innovation Union and the accompanying ‘innovation partnerships’, and be well-placed to participate in key programmes such as Horizon2020.

LOGIN 2017 Festival

LOGIN is the largest tech and innovations festival in the Baltic States, attracting more than 6000 attendees annually.

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start date: 24-05-2017
end date: 26-05-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

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start date: 17-10-2017
end date: 18-10-2017

  •  economy

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start date: 24-04-2017
end date: 26-04-2017

Working group smart social inclusion: Milan’s social entrepreneurship strategy

On 23-24 February, Milan hosted a study visit for members of EUROCITIES working group smart social inclusion to present the city’s initiatives for promoting social entrepreneurship and social inclusion. Representatives from Bialystok, Brno, Katowice, Madrid, Nantes, Porto, Riga, Utrecht and Warsaw were in attendance.

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publication date: 27-02-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

EUROCITIES webinar on ICapital award

On 4 April, from 11.00 (CET), Giuseppe Ruotolo, from DG Research & Innovation - B1 Innovation Union Policy will present the new European Capital of Innovation award to EUROCITIES members.

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start date: 04-04-2017
end date: 04-04-2017

  •  culture

EUROCITIES Culture Forum in Tallinn - 29 March - 1 April 2017

The first EUROCITIES Culture Forum of the year will be held in Tallinn from 29 March until 1 April 2017. The Forum will be on the subject of ‘Innovative Models for Cultural Governance and Partnerships in Cities.’ All 5 working groups of the culture forum will meet alongside the Tallinn forum.

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start date: 29-03-2017
end date: 01-04-2017

  •  knowledge society

Amsterdam region, Rijeka and Valencia finalists for the 2016 GDC Award ‘Promoting open and interoperable solutions’

The third GDC award will recognise the project that has adopted and implemented open data and/or interfaces; has deployed and/or promoted interoperable solutions; and has tried to promote urban platforms or the better use/re-use of infrastructures, services, tools, etc.

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publication date: 19-01-2017

  •  knowledge society

Reykjavik, Utrecht and Zaragoza are the finalists for the GDC Award for ‘Citizen participation & impact on society’

Since there cannot be a smart city without smart citizens, the award winner in the first category will be a project that has successfully involved citizens and/or other civil society stakeholders; has adopted a bottom-up approach; and is expected to tackle, or has already tackled, local societal challenges. Of the 14 projects nominated in this category, three stand a good chance of winning the award: • Reykjavik’s Better Reykjavik and My Neighbourhood e-participation projects • ...

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publication date: 19-01-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

New Green Digital Charter publication presents projects on digital solutions for better quality of life

The Green Digital Charter (GDC) aims to improve quality of life in cities through the uptake of digital solutions.

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publication date: 11-01-2017

  •  economy

Alternative approaches to welfare and services in the sharing economy

Our final article looking at the outcomes of the roundtable sessions at EUROCITIES 2016 Milan, this time on alternative approaches to welfare and services.

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publication date: 16-12-2016