2nd Event of the Online Advisory Programme
The journey continues! On 23 June the second event of the Online Advisory Programme of the International Smart Cities Network (ISCN) took place. Building on the results and learning from the first event, this time the focus was on how we can engage citizen participation already in the strategy development for the digital transformation in our cities.
To this end, the participants of the events were presented with exciting examples from Berlin, Germany and Accra, Ghana. Karen Laßmann from the Senate Chancellery Berlin described how the city of Berlin succeeded in involving citizens in the development of its own smart city strategy. William Senyo, co-founder and CEO of Impact Hub Accra shared his experiences from a civil society perspective in transforming the Osu Ako Adjei region into Accra’s innovation district and vibrant hub for entrepreneurs and creative thinkers.
In addition, the ISCN partners exchanged views on the progress and further process of the development and implementation of the digital solution “Mi Mercado AMG” in the metropolitan region of Guadalajara, Mexico. Inputs were provided by Sandra Sarahí Aguirre, International Cooperation Analyst at the Institute for Development Planning and Management (IMEPLAN) in Guadlajara and Elsa Diaz Castro from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh.
Development of a new Smart City Strategy for Berlin
Karen Laßmann speaks about involving citizens in the development of Berlin’s Smart City Strategy, and why it is important to consider the needs of silent groups and future generations.