Can you be a smart city without a long term and public smart city plan?

MR. RAYMOND JOHANSEN: GOVERNING MAYOR OF OSLO, MS.KAJSA OLLONGREN: DEPUTY MAYOR OF AMSTERDAM, MR. ZORAN JANKOVIĆ, MAYOR OF LJUBLJANA,MR. FEDERICO GUTIERREZ ZULUAGA, MAYOR OF MEDELLIN, MR. MICHAEL HÄUPL: MAYOR OF VIENNA AND MR. ROBERTO DIPIAZZA, MAYOR OF TRIESTE
 
RAYMOND JOHANSEN: GOVERNING MAYOR OF OSLO

We are already smart in many ways, but we need a shared vision for smart city development. We are now in process to prepare a strategy document for an overall vision for a smarter Oslo, across all sectors and in cooperation with relevant stakeholders internally and externally.

KAJSA OLLONGREN: Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam
CAN YOU BE A SMART CITY WITHOUT A LONG TERM AND PUBLIC SMART CITY PLAN?

Creating a road map for Smart Cities is a complicated matter. A successful approach involves perhaps hundreds of different parties, and the dynamics of such an innovative process are difficult to predict. For this reason, Amsterdam does not really believe in a standard road map for cities, and expects that many concepts will develop in a less organised way than expected. The concept of Smart Cities is like art: the context is more important than the product. And working on innovation involves constant feedback as an important part of the step-by-step plan: is it technically feasible, is it socially feasible, is it scalable?

ZORAN JANKOVIĆ, mayor of ljubljana

CAN YOU BE A SMART CITY WITHOUT A LONG TERM AND PUBLIC SMART CITY PLAN?

Unlikely. Because if goals are not clearly defined it is difficult to follow them. First of all each city has to form a thought-out vision setting the path which it then follows. This is reinforced by sectoral strategies, operational plans and concrete projects which are then implemented. Of course, none of this is possible without a great team of co-workers. And Ljubljana has the best team !. The title European Green Capital Ljubljana has evolved into a relevant counterpart and established itself on the world map. I am very pleased with this progress.

FEDERICO GUTIÉRREZ ZULUAGA, MAYOR OF MEDELLIN.

CAN YOU BE A SMART CITY WITHOUT A LONG TERM AND PUBLIC SMART CITY PLAN?

From my point of view, no. The role of the state is essential because it is the sector with the power, largely, of thinking the city to future and plan it. And smart cities will consolidate only if they are sustainable over time. In addition, the public sector is the initial enabler of information and, somehow, it has the ability to encourage the private sector and citizens to share and use the data to develop solutions.

MICHAEL HÄUPL: MAYOR OF VIENNA

Smart Wien

CAN YOU BE A SMART CITY WITHOUT A LONG TERM AND PUBLIC SMART CITY PLAN?

The first historic step was the development of the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy, which was adopted by the Vienna City Council on 25 June 2014. The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy is a long-term umbrella strategy until 2025.

The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy was developed in a stakeholder process, which asked all stakeholders inside and outside the city administration to participate in either general consultation teams or teams focusing on specific issues. Thus, the strategy is built on the support of the various municipal departments, citizen initiatives, and private partners.

The vision: Vienna will significantly reduce the amount of resources the city consumes while at the same time maintaining social cohesion and continuing to offer a very high quality of life to all inhabitants. The framework also defines goals and goal hierarchies as well as specific strategic approaches. At the moment, the city is working on improving the indicators used to measure the progress on the different goals defined in the framework strategy.

ROBERTO DIPIAZZA, MAYOR OF TRIESTE. 

Smart Trieste

CAN YOU BE A SMART CITY WITHOUT A LONG TERM AND PUBLIC SMART CITY PLAN?

Stiamo muovendoci su più fronti, costruendo un piano strategico a medio e lungo termine, con un programma e step precisi, che coinvolgono molti dei servizi dell’amministrazione e le società di servizi del territorio, avvalendoci di finanziamenti regionali ed europei al fine di aumentare la qualità della vita e migliorando la mobilità, il risparmio energetico, l’economia della città, la costruzione di nuovi posti di lavoro ed incentivando la creazione di startup.

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