SmartGov project at UN-Habitat’s 9th World Urban Forum Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The project was presented by Gabriela Viale at the Networking Event:
The value of City-City Partnerships for Implementing the New Urban Agenda

Gabriela was invited speaker on the topic: Digital Governance for Sustainable and Smart Cities: Quadruple Helix Partnership in the case of the JPI Urban Europe SmartGov Project

The main focus of the session was to discuss the following questions:

• How can global partnerships contribute to the mobilisation towards a common vision on sustainable urban development?
• How can global triple/quadruple helix city partnerships foster capacity building/knowledge creation for implementing the NUA?
• What framework conditions are required to allow global partnerships among cities to be successful?

Open Space for discovering possible use cases for the city of Vienna

On 18th of January three brainstorming sessions with eight participants each identified in total 32 use case ideas for piloting smart government tools in the city of Vienna. The brainstorming sessions were embedded in an event called the innovation lab symposium 2018 ( , using the open space method to work on several innovation topics. After explaining the SmartGov project in general and the tools developed for data driven decisions in particular by the moderators, the groups were suggesting possible use cases for data-driven decisions for the city of Vienna.

Pilot Workshop Limassol

SmartGov’s workshop for stakeholders and experts for the Limassol pilot was held at the Municipality’s Town Hall with Interfusion Services and Cyprus University of Technology in December 2017.

At the end of January 2018 a training session for users will follow.

Picture from the workshop in the townhall of Limassol


SmartGov @ ICT Proposers Day 2017

SmartGov took part in the ICT Proposers Day 2017 that took place on 9 and 10 November in Budapest, Hungary. This networking event on European ICT Research & Innovation had a special focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-20.

Regarding the sustainability strategy of SmartGov, the ICT Proposers Day offered the possibility to network with potentially related businesses, academia, R&D, dicision makers and further stakeholders, as a base for a profitable exploitation of the project.

The programm included networking and information sessions, information stands and meeting points, Face2Face brokerage events, presentations of research & innovation trends beyond 2020 – which are relevant for the SmartGov project and further possibilites to connect with potential business and exploitation partners.

More information about the ICT Proposers Day 2017 can be found here

SmartGov at the Open Day of Danube University 2017

The Danube University Krems opened its doors On 6th October 2017 under the motto “Going beyond the horizon” to all interested parties. Researchers and citizens exchanged their knowledge in diverse participation stations and laboratories.

Malgorzata Zofia Goraczek presented the SmartGov project, its aim and goals. Further citizens were invited to add their feedback about secure pathways into an “opinion map” of Krems. Opinion maps will be used in the SmartGov project and offer the possibility to illustrate and visualise mobility issues in Smart Cities. Thus they promote the discussions between involved stakeholders about secure mobility in their Smart City.

NÖ Forschungsfest 2017 in Vienna

The aim of the NÖ Forschungsfest was to represent ongoing research at more than 60 research stations and at exciting show acts. The research festival was an event for the whole family where the results of the top researchers from Lower Austria and Vienna were presented. The personal dialogue between guests and researchers was the main focus of the Forschungsfest Niederösterreich.

The SmartGov project was represented at the Niederösterreichisches Forschugnsfest by the Danube University Krems. At our station we demonstrated our project goals and methods and showed how knowledge can be conveyed also in a playful way.

IFIP EGOV-EPART 2017 Conference in St. Petersburg

The IFIP EGOV-EPART 2017 conference is an annual conference and scopes relates to following topics:

A General E-Government Track serves as an umbrella for all e-government-related topics except the special-topics tracks. In particular, it also covers emerging and special topics in e-government research. The eParticipation track serves as an umbrella for all eParticipation-related topics except the special-topic tracks. It focuses on research topics regarding citizen engagement in public affairs, and, in particular, on research that studies participation facilitated by information and communication technologies. Open Government and Open Data Tracks focuse on practices and methods of transparency, accountability, public big data sharing, data for improving public value, and data analytics. Policy Modeling and Policy Informatics Track focuses on supporting public policy-making with innovative ICT involving relevant stakeholders. The scope ranges from policy analysis and conceptual modeling to programming and visualization of simulation models. Smart Governance, Smart Government, Smart Cities & Smart Regions focuses on the orchestrated interplay and balance of smart governance practices, smart public administration, smart resource and talent leverage in urban and regional spaces facilitated by novel uses of ICTs and other technologies.

Malgorzata Goraczek, Gabriela Viale Pereira and Peter Parycek presented the SmartGov project at the poster session at the conference and hold a workshop on Building Capacity for Smart City Governance.

The aim of the workshop was discussing Smart City Governance as an emergent domain, which requires new competences and roles, as well as multiple stakeholders working together to build smart city governance capacity.

Peter Parycek presented the research work done on smart governance within the SmartGov project. Malgorzata Goraczek presented the SmartGov project as a whole in a lightning talk – focusing on competences and roles needed for successful building up of smart city governance capacity in the pilot cities.

The input led to an exchange of best practices about roles and competences for smart city governance.

Major Cities of Europe Conference 2017

This years Major Cities of Europe Conference 2017 was held on 12th until 14 June in Zagreb. The SmartGov project took part in the conference, where it was represented by the project partners „Danube University Krems“ and „Active“.

The Major Cities of Europe Conference attracts speakers from European cities and with different background reaching from practice (CIOs, Policy Makers and City Managers)  to academia. Its goal is to share best practices and innovative solutions from Start-ups, SMEs and EU projects. Roundtables and discussions allow the participants to share their ideas, initiatives, experiences and learn from each other.

The slogan of this year was „The Digital Future – Cities facing the reality“ and focused on digital transformation in Smart Cities, its achievements and challenges. The sessions presented the actual status of social media in local government decisions and which solutions can support local politicians and local public servants. Further emerging technologies and their impact in public administration were presented, including blockchain technology, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. The resilience of cities to natural disasters and the role of technology in cities due to them was discussed. The different contributions demonstrated the urgent need that urban innovation and digitalisation in the public sector services need strategies for sustainability, which are based on multi-stakeholder governance integrating different local stakeholders.

The SmartGov project, funded by JPI Urban Europe presented its project goals in the speed dating sessions to cheer up with other projects, policy makers, city managers and other related stakeholders.

Very fruitful discussions were enabled at the SmartGov information booth.

More information can be found on the Major Cities of Europe 2017 Website