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Loop City Key Conclusions – Team TechTown

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

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Loop City 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 LOOP CITY 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 does good governance look like? Political leadership? How can cities create 'living labs' or 'test beds' for new intelligent city solutions?
  6. 6. 7 Smart city Futures
  7. 7. MEDIUM SIZED CITIES CAN: • Drive demand for innovative solutions • Provide test beds where smart city solutions can be trialed in a real setting • Facilitate links between different levels of governance and between different stakeholders 8
  8. 8. MEDIUM SIZED CITIES CAN: • Drive the agenda through collaborative leadership and multi stakeholder co-creation of integrated plans • Provide / facilitate places and spaces where large corporates and start ups can innovate side-by-side 9
  9. 9. 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 – ‘Smart cities need smart citizens’ 10
  10. 10. MEDIUM SIZED CITIES CAN: • Support digital education for young people (and toddlers) to aid the transition from citizens being consumers of tech to being creators • Lead by example by working with start ups to disrupt & develop e-government services 11
  11. 11. THANKS TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED FOR YOUR TIME AND CONTRIBUTIONS! WWW.URBACT.EU/TECHTOWN

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