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Transforming a Municipality into a Digital City

Sustainable Cities and Communities; Partnerships for the Goals
Open for application

Background

As stated in the Digital Transition Action Plan, citizens live an increasingly digital life both in the public and private sphere, and the use of new technologies to access information and communicate with each other is changing the way society works. Therefore, the development of a smart city is on the city’s strategic agenda to achieve a competitive advantage.

Digitalisation has the potential not only for business but also for the city governance and closure with the society; to improve the quality of public services in terms of efficiency and transparency and even extend local authorities service scheme. It is predicted that implementation of smart city technologies could save businesses, governments and citizens globally over USD 5 trillion annually by 2022. Moreover, smart cities could save up to 125 hours of every urban resident each year by reducing the time to commute. The utilisation of technologies, for instance, artificial intelligence and big data, could affect sustainable behaviour.

Our challenge

The global human population is growing at a startling rate. It is estimated that 70 per cent of the world population projected to live in cities by 2050. With climate change and urban density, public service efficiency and effective utilisation of resources are becoming pressing issues for cities and municipalities. Also, municipalities struggle with civic participation, inefficient waste management systems or traffic and congestion, not to mention an ageing population, the public’s increased demands and expectations on municipality services, and a strained economy.

Private companies can provide solutions through new technologies. However, while successful technology integration is important, cities should ensure that the smart city strategy is multifaceted, contextually adapted and, most importantly, citizen-centric. Urbanisation should also embrace data protection and freedom of choice to achieve the best results.

Expected impact

Municipalities are searching for effective insights and ideas on how digitalisation could improve city operations, ease government functions and tackle the problems at hand, eventually improving citizens’ everyday lives. 

Target groups

Citizens, municipality

 

Welcomed students

This challenge is part of the course “Development of Challenge-Based Innovation” at the Kaunas University of Technology. After completing the course, learners are awarded a transcript of records with 6 ECTS credits issued by the Kaunas University of Technology and a certificate of participation in the challenge issued by ECIU University. 

 

Deadline for applications – 01/09/2021

The course will be delivered online from 01/10/2021 to 22/12/2021. The learners will work in multi-disciplinary and international teams together with the teamcher and the challenge provider.