Citykeys: guidelines to measure our progress to a smarter future

During the last 2 years, we have been lucky enough to be part of an outstanding team: the Citykeys team. Lots of learning and thinking around tricky issues: what a smart city is (no one really knows), what smart city rankings should mean, how can we measure urban innovation or our progress towards a smarter urban future.

I write these lines in rainy Brussels, on the day after meeting with the European Comission’s reviewers, the discussions still fresh, a glimpse of nostalgia (the sense of an ending), a sort of rewarding feeling: that maybe our contribution may have had some impact in future European innovation policies.

This article is meant to be a quick guidelines into some of the project results, but it also contains personal reflections, in the form of a logbook, on the ample subjects covered by the project. Sigue leyendo

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Zaragoza Citizen Card wins the ‘Green Digital Charter’ award

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Press release from EUROCITIES

Brussels, 25 January 2017

Zaragoza (Spain) has been revealed as the winner of the Green Digital Charter (GDC) 2016 Award on ‘Citizen participation and impact on society’. The awards ceremony took place during the conference ‘Cities in Transition – the role of digital in shaping our future cities’ jointly organised by the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (KSF) and GDC.

Cristobal Irazoqui, formerly policy and project officer on smart cities and sustainability at the European Commission (DG CNECT), presented the award and congratulated Zaragoza on the deployment and success of its Zaragoza Citizen Card, which offers all-in- one access to the city, improving the sense of citizenship and belonging in Zaragoza. Sigue leyendo

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Los 10 posts más leídos sobre innovación urbana de 2016

Es curioso, porque aunque 2016 ha quedado definitivamente enmarcado en el rectángulo del retrovisor, nos da la impresión de que su huella, en lugar de irse empequeñeciendo a medida que el tiempo transcurre hacia adelante, se va a hacer cada vez más presente. Como si fuésemos avanzando por una carretera en la que viésemos los carteles al revés, anunciándonos los lugares que ya hemos dejado atrás: la materialización de la victoria de Trump, los efectos del Brexit sobre la política y economía europeas, los cambios políticos que (aún) están por llegar como consecuencia de la onda expansiva proveniente de Siria…

En lo que respecta al mundo de la innovación y de las ciudades, el año que acaba no nos ha traído cambios especialmente disruptivos; diríamos más bien que ha sido un tiempo de acentuación de tendencias, en el que ciertos fenómenos aparecidos con anterioridad se han hecho más presentes y nos han mostrado cuán relevantes serán para el futuro. Al igual que hablamos de geopolítica, quizás deberíamos empezar a hablar de geo-innovación: innovación a gran escala con un hondo impacto en nuestras vidas cotidianas. En OpenYourCity hemos seguido pensando, aprendiendo y leyendo sobre el mundo en que vivimos y el que nos espera. A veces mirando al pasado para tratar de anticipar el futuro, y otras veces escudriñando el mundo que viene solamente para acabar de comprender mejor el momento en que vivimos.

Los artículos que aparecen a continuación han sido los más leídos por nuestros lectores en 2016. Queden escritos en el umbral del nuevo año que comienza a modo de resumen de lo que dejamos atrás, o como anticipo de lo que viene. Sigue leyendo

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Zaragoza Sources the Code to Citizen Co-Creation

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Co-creation workshop of the open mobility challenge “Bicisur”

Back in 2003, a group of local geeks and open source advocates met with Zaragoza’s future mayor Juan Alberto Belloch who, after being the last all-mighty minister of Justice and Interior in the last of prime minister Felipe González’s cabinet, was running for office for his second term. After a short immersion in the open source community, Belloch “fell instantly in love” with Linux philosophy and quickly made open source-based innovation one of the axes of his political campaign. His plans included turning the northeastern capital of the Spanish Aragón into the “Redmond of the European free software world,” for which purpose his team projected a 102-hectare innovation district, a city-wide free public wireless network and an ambitious campaign of digital literacy, with the city hall leading and paving the way by becoming one of the most advanced European administration in systems migration towards open source software. In an article appeared in Wired in May 2003 he declared “this open source battle might not be easy, but ‘open’ is the way it must be.” Sigue leyendo

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Open, Agile and Lean Startup Principles for Urban Innovation

Progress towards a more open and agile urban innovation is a must for city halls. The case could be named “Google versus City Hall”. Yes, cities change rapidly, but on too many occasions those changes are powered by the giants of the “new economy”: Google, Amazon, Airbnb, Uber… City Halls just lag behind those changes trying to control damages in the local economies and communities. We reckon that the smart city is built between a multiplicity of agents. The city hall, universities, local startups, big corporations, and, mostly, citizens. But also that a new type of conversation between cities and big corporations can happen. Sigue leyendo

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Smart innovation through active citizen participation

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Daniel Sarasa’s interview for Nordic Smart Cities about smart innovation, whose original content can be found here.

If people are given the power to decide and be part of the decision-making process, their mark is felt all around. The city of Zaragoza manages not only to aim for active citizen participation, but to actually reinvent itself with the help of its people.

How can municipalities realize their potential for innovation?

The potential for innovation in municipalities truly lies in cities and in the citizens. There is a lot of talent in cities, hence we, the city hall and the public servants, have to make sure that we can gather as much talent and ideas as we can and put it into these Smart City projects or into the innovation process. That is the main issue and the main challenge. The reason why this is not easy is because we are so used to planning the city with a top-down perspective and it requires a complete shift from Smart City project managers or from the public servants to change their perspective. We need to open up and be able to take into account the ideas of our citizens, the ideas of our local ecosystem. Sigue leyendo

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Hola Tarjeta Ciudadana, hasta luego Wi-Fi

100ideasZgz_identificarnecesidades (1)Hace algo más de un año que una nueva corporación municipal tomó posesión en el Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza. Por lo que a nuestro trabajo respecta, una de las primeras decisiones de la nueva corporación fue asignarnos a lo que, probablemente, sea el proyecto bandera de la Zaragoza Inteligente: la tarjeta ciudadana, dejando, como contrapartida, tanto el proyecto de WiFi Zaragoza como la gestión directa de las incubadoras de empresas de la Milla Digital. Nuestra aportación al proyecto de tarjeta ciudadana de Zaragoza va en la dirección de abrirla a nuevas áreas municipales, de impulsar la co-creación de nuevos servicios a través de la innovación abierta, así como de mejorar las perspectivas de financiación de nuevas aplicaciones a través de proyectos europeos. Y es que la tarjeta ciudadana de Zaragoza es una herramienta tecnológica extraordinariamente bien diseñada y que, a nuestro juicio, tiene el potencial de convertirse en la verdadera plataforma de servicios “smart” que Zaragoza necesita. Sigue leyendo

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