iCity presented in Bologna

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The iCity project was presented last March 8th 2012 in the city of Bologna during the eCitizen II project event. Mr. Joan Batlle, iCity project coordinator, presented the project through a speech entitled "Linked Open Apps Ecosystem to open up innovation in Smart Cities". He exposed the aim, objectives and expected outputs of iCity, a project funded under the 5th call of the CIP PSP of the European Commission and coordinated by the Barcelona City Council (through the Barcelona Municipal Institute of Information Technologies), in strong partnership with the City of Bologna, Greater London Authority, the City of Genova, CISCO, Abertis-Retevision, Fraunhofer-Fokus, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (Open University of Catalonia) and Citilab Cornellà.

In his speaking Joan Batlle explained that the aim of the project is to foster the development of services of public interest in the urban space by third parties (SMEs, developers, students, enterpreneurs, citizens...). He also explained that these services will be created by opening public infrastructures in the participant cities while preserving public service provision and quality. The iCity project is focused on a new services economy, by mixing human capital, resilient infrastructures and information space. Mr. Batlle explained all the actors of the value chain included in the consortium.

eCitizen seminar participants discussed their local and the Italian experiences on eGovernment development from the future challenge point of view - Social Media: How to take the Challenge? Partners introduced results of their local workshops and the eParticipation Manual compiling progress was discussed. In total 24 experts from Italy made presentations during three days introducing global and local approach and good practices in the field of eParticipation, eGovernment services, public communication, innovation supporting mechanisms, innovative solutions and approaches in the governance, particularly related to the project topic eParticipation.

In total 64 participants from local expert organizations and other interested public attended the eCitizen II seminar. All seminar presentations are available here.