The purpose of the event will be to look at the specific challenges and opportunities of digitalisation in smaller and mid-sized cities. Focusing in particular on the concept of interoperability as a means of accelerating digital service delivery and creating positive spill-over effects for the broader economy, we will discuss the key steps that should be taken by small and mid-sized cities or communities in their digitalisation journey and the EU tools available. Throughout the workshop, based on the Living-in.EU movement and Eurotowns experience, the participants will discuss what digital transition means in a local context, what the local challenges in implementing digital solutions are and what is needed at EU level in order to foster the localisation of the digital transformation process.
The interactive setup, including splitting into parallel sessions/break-out rooms, will allow participants to discuss particular aspects of the digital transformation at local level in detail, namely:
- Local challenges in implementing digital solutions
- EU tools to support digital transition
- Needs at EU level to foster the localisation of the digital transformation process
- Boosting the local digital ecosystem, for example through European Digital Innovation Hubs
- Measuring the effectiveness of the digital transition.
Carol Thomas, Policy Advisor – Governance and Institutional Relations, Council of European Municipalities and Regions, Belgium.
Paco Berta, Head of Digital Affairs, City of Girona, Spain.
Alexandre Chaffotte, Innovation and Smart City Manager, City of Saint-Quentin, France.
Eddy Hartog, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG CNECT, Unit C3: Technologies for Smart Communities, Belgium.
Andreja Lampe, Head of ICT innovation network cluster, Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, Slovenia.
Kieran McCarthy, President of the European Alliance Group, European Committee of the Regions, Ireland.
Eva Älander, Vice-President of Eurotowns and Chairperson of the Gävle City Council, Eurotowns, Germany.
Mika Kataikko, Project Manager, Digital Platforms, Ecosystem & Smart City Solutions, City of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, ICT Association, City of Gävle, City of Sindelfingen, European Commission - DG CNECT, European Committee of the Regions - ECON Commission , Eurotowns Secretariat - City of Sindelfingen