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.

  •  knowledge society

EU Digital Cities Challenge launched

On 10 October 2017, during the European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Commission (DG GROW and DG REGIO) and the Committee of the Regions launched the Digital Cities Challenge. The Challenge invites cities in Europe to improve the life of their citizens through the development and implementation of digital policies.

news

publication date: 12-10-2017

  •  cooperation

EUROCITIES members win approval in Urban Innovative Actions

Several EUROCITIES members won approval for their projects under the Urban Innovative Actions Call 2.

news

publication date: 12-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

KSF - GDC conference: Imagine the Urban Future. Brussels, 23 January 2018

EUROCITIES Knowledge Society forum and the Green Digital Charter invite you to their annual event that looks to the trends, technologies and challenges that will shape the future European cities.

event

start date: 23-01-2018
end date: 23-01-2018

  •  knowledge society

EUROCITIES standards & interoperability management guide

Smart cities are based on a holistic approach to urban planning. Yet, the main standardisation bodies at national, European and international level have been created and controlled by industrialists and governments working in a more siloed way. By being involved from the beginning of the standardisation process, city authorities will be able to push for the creation of open standards, without hindering innovation, for a more fair and multi-vendor market which will drastically reduce both...

publication

publication date: 10-10-2017

Robots, visualisation and a human-centered approach to migration

Members of the EUROCITIES working group on migration and integration were impressed by the Helsinki Skills Center and its service models, run by the Helsinki education department.

news

publication date: 05-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

Blisscity – The Smart City Convention Germany (Frankfurt am Main, 21-22 Nov 2017)

Blisscity [blisiti] is the first German smart city convention featuring seminal speeches on various challenges for urban infrastructure and society. Participants will have the opportunity to hear distinguished speakers from leading German businesses, industry associations, and international smart communities.

event

start date: 21-11-2017
end date: 22-11-2017

Twente strives to connect social innovation with economic attractiveness

On 25-26 September, the WG Smart Social Inclusion met in Netwerkstad Twente, a group of cities comprising Enschede, Hengelo, Almelo, Borne and Oldenzaal, located in the eastern part of the Netherlands at the border with Germany.

news

publication date: 04-10-2017

  •  economy

publication

publication date: 02-10-2017

  •  economy

event

start date: 16-10-2017
end date: 16-10-2017

  •  mobility

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2017 - EMW Award and SUMP Award

The annual edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK took place from 16-22 September all around Europe. This editions put particular attention on clean, shared and intelligent mobility. Over 2,470 cities in Europe applied and more than 600 city-events were organised throughout the week.

news

publication date: 28-09-2017