Exploitation Workshop, CEMR Conference Centre, Brussels – 2 March 2017
URBIS

JPI Urban Europe recently collaborated with the URBIS Project and CEMR for the Exploitation Workshop – Smart City Governance: building new solutions, exploiting the potentials, held at the CEMR Conference Centre, Brussels on Thursday 2 March 2017.

Need for tool kit to scale up and support trans-urban innovation
One reason for the Exploitation Workshop is the emerging diverse – if not fragmented – European landscape of smart cities and communities’ / smart sustainable cities’ pilots and projects developing a plethora of smart city solutions. However, the integration of this landscape into urban innovation ecosystems will be suboptimal if it fails to deliver a tool kit to scale up and support trans-urban innovation.

Outputs, developed and tested working material
The Exploitation Workshop addressed these and associated issues, animated by expert contributions from the European Commission, PwC, JPI Urban Europe, and supported by a multiplicity of JPI Urban Europe project partners. The workshop presented outputs from the recently completed PwC large-scale study on the overall benefits and impact of the Copernicus programme, and developed and tested working material in the European Innovation Partnership Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) guiding principles on scaling up and replication of smart city approaches, devised to increase the impact of smart city and community projects and pilots.

More attention to the disruptive potential by innovations on societies and humans
After introductory presentations, dicussions among participants turned around identifying how business models and project exploitation will play out henceforth.
Participants observed ongoing shifts in the roles for public administration and public sector organisations, which requires increased capacities and competence to deal with urban innovation ecosystems in new urban economies. Communication was identified as it is very important to enable and foster the development of new business models. Added to this, non-profit organisations have an important role to play in this learning. Regarding the potential disruptiveness by innovation, in what way can local urban innovation ecosystems shape a readiness and adaptibility for genuine uncertainty and surprising turns? More attention to the disruptive potential by innovations on societies and humans.

Participating projects and organisations: Antall József Knowledge Centre, Antwerp City, ASDE, ATC, Bristol-Brussels Office, CEMR, CRU, DG CONNECT, DG Internal Market, DG Research and Innovation, DG Research and Innovation, Drone Think Do, ESRI, EUROCITIES, European Projects Association, Fujitsu, GISAT, ICLEI, IMNRC, Innogage, Institute for Neuroeconomics, IRF Global, IRRADIARE, ITMO, KU Leuven, PWC, Research Executive Agency, Romanian Office for Science and Technology, SIT Consultancy, SmartFI/ATOS, SmartGov/Danube University – Krems, SmartUrbl, Sportello Europa, TNO, UWE, Velocity

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