Join us in building the European way of Digital Transformation for 300 million Europeans

In times when cities and communities are looking to digital solutions to tackle a growing range of interconnected challenges, we must boost these efforts through a ‘European Way’ where digital solutions help to create places where people enjoy living and working.

Digital solutions are broad and include approaches to smart urban mobility, energy efficiency, sustainable housing, digital public services, and civic-led governance. Large-scale uptake and upscale of these solutions are crucial to help our cities and communities meet their climate targets and reduce their environmental footprint, while fostering citizen participation and bringing prosperity to all types of business, including SMEs and start-ups.

Through co-creation with citizens, we aim to bring the economic and social benefits of this transformation to all local communities and implement an inclusive digital Europe, with powerful digital services, technologies, infrastructures and skills.

Solutions

Can culture in Europe become more interactive and participative?

Can an Arts & Technology festival add a technological experience to truly innovate culture? That was the starting question of this project.  The idea: enable people through Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to share with other visitors their opinion on art works. The advantage: no 'parasitic' use of technology (like with Google or facebook), but an enabling of the visitor who forms an opinion of an art work, decides to share it and then is enabled to actively do that. 

Participating
1 member
1 city
1 country
European Value
I can, I participate
Impact

Generalise and diffuse digital skills to everybody

According to data 169 million EU citizens lack even basic digital skills. This accounts for 44% of Europeans between the ages of 16-74. Lack of access to digital services as well as lack of awareness of digital possibilities have major impact on the digital divide, resulting in social divide.

Participating
11 members
10 cities
6 countries
European Value
I can, I enable, I participate
Impact
1.500.000 citizens

The citizen card offers people the possibility to access public services where and when they want.

European cities are working to make life easier for their residents and Europeans more broadly. Finished the dozen different cards and procedures to access city services, one card – and/or app – will give people simple direct and personalised access to many different services within their own city – from using public transport to visiting a zoo, the local library or accessing social benefits. It offers people the possibility to access public services where and when they want.  

Participating
8 members
7 cities
2 countries
European Value
Impact

Urban Data Platforms are at the core of the digital transformation and the basis for data-driven solutions addressing the challenges of today’s cities and communities.

The beating heart of the urban digital transformation Urban data platforms are at the core of the digital transformation of cities and communities. It is the centrepiece for new and innovative services from a simple route-planner to complex digital twin solution. Urban Data Platforms are the beating hearts of the urban digital transformation as they connect, analyse and visualise all data from the urban fabric. From here, data can be further shared to city services or third-party providers offering seamless mobile experiences for citizens.

Participating
20 members
19 cities
7 countries
European Value
I can, I enable
Impact
100.000 citizens

‘Urban digital twins can change the way cities are planned, operated, monitored and managed’ (DUET project).

This group aims to build a community of like-minded cities, working on urban digital twins. The group will discuss the concept, bring forward concrete use cases from around the EU and then explore why cities would be interested in using urban digital twins.

Participating
30 members
24 cities
13 countries
European Value
I can, I enable, I learn, I matter, I participate, I trust
Impact
6.000.000 citizens

Transparency of Sustainable Investments, through verified data and governance

Our aim is to create of a world class multi-assets exchange based in Europe aimed at financing companies on their green, sustainable, social, and governance journey to make their financial returns yield an impact. Assets and their owners will undergo a certification and lifecycle tracking process using blockchain technology to improve the investors’ trust in the quality of the assets and their ESG credentials.

Participating
2 members
2 cities
2 countries
European Value
I can, I enable, I learn, I matter, I participate, I trust
Impact
0 citizens

Updates

News

Smart Tourism Destinations - Call for Expression of Interest Destination Managers

The Smart Tourism Destinations project aims at supporting the EU tourism ecosystem in proactively facing its current and future challenges, encouraging the adoption of new technologies and the implementation of innovative digital solutions.

News

Artificial Intelligence and Urban Development: New European Parliament Study

The following is the executive summary of the study, which can be read in full at the link below.

Upcoming events

| Online event

Info day - Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities topics in the DIGITAL Europe Programme

During this Info day, the next funding opportunities for Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities will be presented. The focus will be on areas such as Data Spaces for Smart Communities, Digital Solutions for the New European Bauhaus, and Living-in.eu governance. There will be an opportunity to network and present your ideas for proposals.  

| Workshops

Technical workshops on Local and Regional Digital Indicators (LORDI)

The Measuring & Monitoring subgroup will organise two technical workshops on 9 December 2021 and 11 January 2022 (from 14:30 to 16:00) to discuss a first proposal for a set of Local and Regional Digital Indicators (LORDI).

| Online event

The impact of the Artificial Intelligence Act proposal on European cities

Living-in.EU Legal and Ethics subgroup webinar

On 21 April the European Commission presented the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA), a draft regulation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to ensure AI is safe, lawful and in line with EU fundamental rights. What will be the legal impact of the regulation on cities as providers and users of both public and private AI applications?

Submit your idea!

Scrum board

We want to collaborate with innovative people and organisations to help develop solutions to our current challenges and create new opportunities for the future. To do this we want to explore new ways of working with others and identify the best ideas and technologies, wherever they may be. If you have one of those ideas, submit them here.

Mayors about the European way

Mayor of Eindhoven, Netherlands

“For sustainable travel we see a bright future in Mobility as a Service: Maas for short. Several European goals come together in this, such as I enable, I learn, I trust.”

Mayor of Turku, Finland

“In Turku we commit to implement the dataprinciples and the principles of the living-in.eu declaration as part of our data guidelines. This will guarantee the best possible usability of our city data”

Mayor of Oulu, Finland

“The City of Oulu values are boldness, fairness and responsibility. A responsible way of doing creates a sense of security. Everyone is entitled to wellness, and digitisation improves the availibility, range and equality of services”

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