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Dubrovnik Key Conclusions - Team TechTown

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What can medium sized cities do to grow digital jobs through the smart city agenda?

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Dubrovnik Key Conclusions - Team TechTown

  1. 1. Key conclusions #TeamTechTown
  2. 2. A REMINDER OF TECHTOWN THEMES 3
  3. 3. TECHTOWN THEMES 4 Better understanding the digital economy Growing digital jobs  Growing new digital jobs through start ups and existing businesses  Growing jobs through the digital transformation of traditional industry  Growing digital jobs through the smart city agenda Providing spaces and places for connections Finding, growing, retaining and returning talent
  4. 4. WHAT CAN MEDIUM SIZED CITIES DO TO GROW DIGITAL JOBS THROUGH THE SMART CITY AGENDA?
  5. 5. OUR KEY QUESTIONS IN DUBROVNIK 6 How can cities ensure that they maximise the local jobs creation potential linked to delivering smart city agendas? How can they avoid larger multinationals reaping all the rewards and ensure that cities grow indigenous digital businesses and local jobs? What role could local city challenges, hackathons play? What role could public procurement play? What does good governance look like? Political leadership? How can cities create 'living labs' or 'test beds' for new intelligent city solutions?
  6. 6. MEDIUM SIZED CITIES CAN: • Support local communities to identify and articulate local (smart city) challenges • Facilitate events and initiatives to enable local entrepreneurs to develop solutions to these challenges (e.g. hackathons) • Provide follow up support to enable solutions to be developed, piloted and implemented 7
  7. 7. MEDIUM SIZED CITIES CAN: • Localise it! Take advantage of the human scale of the city to engage people and businesses • Drive the agenda through collaborative leadership and multi stakeholder co-creation of integrated plans 8
  8. 8. MEDIUM SIZED CITIES CAN: • Collect and openly share accessible data • Work in partnership with industry leaders to identify existing solutions and grow local expertise and capacity to implement • Raise awareness of potential win-wins for the city’s citizens and businesses 9
  9. 9. MEDIUM SIZED CITIES CAN: • Lead by example by working with start ups to disrupt & develop e-government services • Provide test beds / living labs for connected devices etc • Help start ups to initiate and grow 10
  10. 10. THANKS TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED FOR YOUR TIME AND CONTRIBUTIONS! WWW.URBACT.EU/TECHTOWN

What can medium sized cities do to grow digital jobs through the smart city agenda?

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