RAYMOND JOHANSEN: GOVERNING MAYOR OF OSLO

WHAT IS SMART OSLO’S GREATEST STRENGTH?

Oslo has a very young and technology friendly population. The age group 25-35 will increase by 40% next 10 years and are talented and highly educated. We have a strong ICT business sector and a fast growing start up scene –we have all the ingredients for an innovative environment. This makes Oslo the perfect place to test new technologies and digital services.

We are early adapters of new technology, and test market for leading providers of ecommerce like IBM and Visa.

Lack of hierarchies fosters creativity and collaboration, and we have world-leading clusters in high technology.

Oslo has one of the most highly educated populations in Europe. In addition, almost half of Norway’s R&D activity is located in the Oslo region.

Advanced technology and expertise are found within fields such as health, education, finance, shipping and maritime services, information and communication technologies, energy and environmental technologies, life sciences and culture industries

Oslo enables and supports personal growth not only through the work-life balance, but also through a vibrant cultural scene, ethnic diversity, and a unique proximity to nature. Total commuting time is one of the lowest among competitive world cities.

KAJSA OLLONGREN: Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam

WHAT IS SMART AMSTERDAM GREATEST STRENGTH?

What makes Amsterdam stand out is our integrated and open approach and facilitating the right ecosystem:

  • Collaboration is key; we focus on public-private collaboration (collaboration between municipalities, knowledge institutions, corporates, start-ups and citizens). This leads more creative, innovative and sustainable solutions.
  • There is a central role for citizens. What is a smart city without smart citizens! They should be involved to co-create solutions and make choices that fit their needs and wishes.
  • Openness is key. Openness of data and openness in goals and ambitions, to enable cooperation between companies of any size, local government, citizens and knowledge institutions. Next to this a Smart City requires the local government to be open and invite and facilitate organisations to join them in solving all the different challenges (solutions can be disruptive).
  • Within creating Smart City solutions, the main challenge is to find the right solution that fits the specific challenge of your street, neighbourhood or city.

ZORAN JANKOVIĆ, mayor of ljubljana

WHAT IS SMART LJUBLJANA GREATEST STRENGTH?

The residents are Ljubljana’s biggest advantage.

Every day all of us in the »big city family«, which includes in addition to the city administration all our companies and institutes, strive to offer the best service to our residents. That is why we are conducting numerous activities and introducing different innovations to facilitate and improve the quality of living. It is not always easy to reach set goals, namely, it takes a lot of harmonising, determination and, last but not least, courage to implement plans. Changing peoples’ habits is the hardest. I remember how it was nine years ago when we have introduced the eco-zone and shut down the city centre for motor traffic. Many people were convinced this would cause the decline of the city centre but I believed just the opposite. Now the city centre is a living room and a popular stage for diverse cultural and social activities where pedestrians can walk freely and share the space with bicyclists. I am convinced it would be difficult to find even one person who would want to turn back the time.

FEDERICO GUTIÉRREZ ZULUAGA, MAYOR OF MEDELLIN.

WHAT IS SMART medellin GREATEST STRENGTH?

The ability to articulate.

The quadruple helix model (universities, business, state and citizens) is a key element, or the most important, when considering the progress of Medellín in innovation. The challenges of this city, which have been many, have been solved thanks to teamwork. The challenges of Medellín Smart City are no exception.

ISTVAN TARLOS, MAYOR OF BUDAPEST.

WHAT IS SMART budapest GREATEST strength?

One of the greatest strenghts of smart Budapest is its geographical asset.

The opportunities rendered by Budapest’s geographical position are determined by the Danube River, which flows through the capital’s axis and played a key role in the city’s evolution. The Danube is a determining element of the cityscape that fits into the city’s historic values.

Renewable energy use is in its early stage, still, Budapest has some advantageous options in this area: the city produces bio-gas at three sewage treatment sites, the solar energy never runs out, and the capital has significant geothermal potential.

The development of European cities is of main importance within the European Union’s integrated strategy (Europe 2020), which focuses on intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth. In order to fight against social exclusion, it prescribes employment, Research & Development, climate protection, sustainable energy management, education and poverty targets, to be achieved across the whole European Union.

In Hungary, the law regarding the built environmental restructuring and protection matters, impose that the Local Government of Budapest must decide on the integrated urban development strategy.

Budapest is developing and working. We are no longer chasing dreams and setting unattainable goals. What is now underway is preparatory work based on calculations, technical design and financial analysis. Budapest’s long-term urban development concept for the period until 2030 is proof of this. The Municipality of Budapest plans to carry out short and long-term development projects in close collaboration with the central government. The Municipality’s task is to survey, devise and ensure a solid, feasible technical basis for the necessary improvements and then prioritize, initiate and manage the related development projects.

At the moment the Smart City Vision is under preparation based on the target system of the Budapest 2030 Long-term Urban Development Concept covering the period of 2017-2030.

MICHAEL HÄUPL: MAYOR OF VIENNA

Smart Wien

WHAT IS SMART vienna GREATEST STRENGTH?

Smart City Wien stands for a holistic approach to meet the challenges that cities are facing today.

The focus of our work covers all areas of life, work and leisure activities and their influence on urban development. As a result, the main focus areas of the initiative are energy, mobility, buildings and (ICT) infrastructure. The main goal is to achieve the best quality of life for all inhabitants of Vienna while minimising the consumption of resources. 

ROBERTO DIPIAZZA, MAYOR OF TRIESTE. 

Smart Trieste

WHAT IS SMART trieste GREATEST STRENGTH?

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