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High level Conference - Digital Cities Challenge: A strategy for EU cities in the 21st Century

The European Commission’s Digital Cities Challenge initiative drives urban and industrial transformation in 40 European cities and helps them achieve smart and sustainable growth, through four pillars: demonstrating visionary leadership, building thriving local innovation ecosystems, creating new markets based on smart infrastructures, advanced technologies and data and upskilling the city. The initiative offers policy advisory services and coaching opportunities and provides cities with tools and best practices both for assessing current city readiness and moving forward their vision for the future. The cities share a network of collaboration, knowledge sharing and peer learning. 
The high-level conference, where 400 participants are expected, will showcase the effects of technological transformation in European cities and will seek to agree on policy priorities and pave the way for the future strategy for Intelligent Cities in the 21st century. Dr. Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit for Advanced Technologies, Clusters, and Social Economy – DG GROW, European Commission will be one of the speakers at this high-level conference.
The following thematic priorities will be discussed: 
  • Setting ambitious vision and creating modern, sustainable city-ecosystems for transformation of their territories 
  • Shaping the cities of the future, by promoting innovation in policy, decisions that are made on sound EU values as well as robust data, by investing in high-tech infrastructure, technology and open data and piloting the next generation of technological solutions 
  • Upskilling the cities through disruptive education and training, as an essential condition for the industrial modernisation and digital transformation of a territory.

Please find more information on the event as well as the registration link here. The programme is also available in the attachment.



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