2017 Edition


In the year 2012 the Committee of Digital and Knowledge-based Cities of UCLG carried out an international research on the situation of the ICTs, Innovation and Knowledge in the cities (“Smart Cities Study”). As continuation of this work, we want to perform a new research in the present situation and the opportunities given by the ICTs and the support to innovation and the advance in knowledge for the development of the cities and their transformation in “smart cities”.

The goals of this new research include a description of the present situation and the opportunities of these fields at a local level; an identification of the key elements that can turn out to be either a brake or facilitators of the development and the identification of good practices that can serve as reference for other cities to progress in the concept of “Smart City”.

The research is conceived as a global cross-cutting approach from the different levers where the growth and transformation potential for a city lie. In order to achieve this goal, 3 big fields have been defined, that would characterise a Smart City and should include the following aspects:

Innovation, entrepreneurship and generation of economic activity

Smart specialisation: specialisation of the city in a group of sectors set as priorities regarding their competitive advantages and their scientific, technological and innovative capacities.

Promotion and support for the entrepreneurship: programmes and support lines oriented to boost the entrepreneurial culture and spirit and to facilitate the establishment and start-up of new businesses.

Promotion of the R+D+I: weight of the R+D on the local economy and existence of infra-structures or spaces devoted to the generation of knowledge and the development of the R+D+I (scientific and or technological parks and or / technological, technological districts and etcetera).

Clusterisation. Cooperation with the local industrial network: existence of sectorial associations of the companies that cooperate to become more competitive and obtain synergies and lines of cooperation between the administration and the local entrepreneurial network.

Investment attractions: definitions of specific arguments for attaching value to the potentialities of the city to attract fruitful investment from outside.

Territory positioning: definition of specific arguments that attach value to the potentialities of the city to achieve visibility and acknowledgment at an international level.

Knowledge and talent

Quality primary- education: weight of the population having a university degree and the existence of combined models of training and learning oriented to the improvement and adjustment of the qualifications and skills of the students to the real requirements of the companies.

Quality university: priority fields in the educational offering of the degrees and postgraduate qualifications imparted by the most important universities and acknowledgement of its prestige at an international level.

Lifelong learning: programmes, measures or activities addressed to the continuous training and the promotion of the lifelong learning in the citizenship.

Talent attraction: existence of a defined strategy of “niches of talent” or specific programmes for the attraction of talent to the city.

Retention and return of talent: existence of specific programmes, measures or incentives for the retention and return of the talent to the city, specifically emphasising the return of the young talent.

Society and digital economy

Digital citizenship: programmes, measures and actions to facilitate the approach to the digital world of those people who live far from the new technologies and develop the digital vocation among the childhood and youth.

Administration 4.0: more meaningful advances in the digital public services and start –up of big data projects or business intelligence.

Development of digital economy: specific support for digital entrepreneurship and specific programmes of attraction of digital talent in the city.

Digital infrastructures: more meaningful advances in the creation and improvement of the digital infrastructures of the city.

 The deadline to take part in the study has expired.

We are currently working in the analysis of the information sent by the cities and the elaboration of the document, which will be soon available.