This year’s exemplar category introduces the first ten DL Cities programme members, and is for cities that use data and technology to create efficiencies, improve sustainability, connectivity, create economic development, and enhance quality of life factors for people living and working in them.
Our Smart Belfast programme seeks to harness the potential of technology and data science, to nurture an environment where citizens, businesses, innovators and universities can collaborate, experiment and co-create solutions to address current challenges and meet our future needs; making Belfast a great place to live, work, study and visit.
Birmingham City Council is investing multi-million pounds in a wide range of projects and programmes to modernise the digital and ICT infrastructure of the Council and the City in order to mobilise a smarter workforce with smarter digital tools and capabilities as well as transforming the way it delivers its services to citizens and customers so that they can access these in a smarter and integrated way via their devices of choice, anytime and from anywhere.
Bristol is Open is a Smart City Research and Development network platform of multiple communications technologies installed around the city. It is a city-scale research infrastructure for the study of software defined networks, Internet of Things and big data technologies that contribute to smart city solutions.
Cardiff has a growing reputation as the alternative FinTech capital to London, recognised as an exemplar for financial aggregator site technology. Fintech skills and talent are paramount to the growth of the FinTech sector in the city, and a range of skills initiatives such as the Wales Financial Services Graduate Programme have been established to provide a continual talent pool to facilitate this growth.
In 2013 Glasgow was selected as the Innovate UK Future Cities Demonstrator. Since then, Glasgow has been quietly building upon its smart city capabilities. Launched in 2018 Digital Glasgow Strategy sets out a bold aim for Glasgow to be;
“The most innovative and pioneering smart city in the world”.
Sharing Cities aims to irreversibly change the way we think about the role of digital technology in our cities. We aim to create a more collaborative smart cities market that dramatically increases the speed and scale at which we implement smart solutions across European cities.
From hosting the Smartest Street in the UK with Cisco, to partnering school children with Newcastle University researchers to measure air quality in their neighbourhood what’s smart about Digital Newcastle is how we’re driving open and transparent collaboration across the public, private and academic sectors to improve outcomes for people.
Our smart city vision is uniting public and private sectors to make Salford the most attractive destination for digital enterprise and establish the city as a leading digital economy and, in doing so, ensure that innovation and growth is directly connected to improving the quality of people’s lives.
At Wigan Council we believe that a connected borough is a better borough. Through the power of technology we are transforming the way our residents interact with services and how our staff work. This way of working is already having a huge impact on people’s lives, especially in adult social care where residents are able to lead more independent and fulfilling lives.