Half way through the Digital Cities Challenge, mayors from the participating cities will convene in Brussels on 4 December for a big day of networking, sharing practices and committing to the digital transformation of their cities.
The Digital Cities Mayors Summit will be the first time that the mayors from the participating cities will be together to affirm the work that their respective city teams have been doing to reap the benefits of digital transformation.
The cities have met already in working level in three Academy Seminars so far. They have set their digital vision and ambition and began formulating their digital strategy, while sharing and learning in a collaborative manner with other cities undertaking the same transformation journey.
Now it’s the turn of the mayors to get inspired and inspire as active participation in the Digital Cities Challenge can help cities to achieve their ambitions, to foster synergies and be part of an innovative network that can boost the European digital transformation and create growth, productivity and well-being.
The agenda includes presentations by all mayors and panel discussions on topics of strategic importance for the growth of their cities. The Mayors will share good practices and challenges they faced, work done and future vision on their winning city strategy and brand, the opening of data and technology to businesses and citizens, the upskilling and the attraction of talent in their cities, and of course on the innovative ways used to unlock and secure investments.
Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be present as a Mentor and Blueprint city to address a keynote on their success story. Markku Markkula, Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions and Rapporteur for Digital Europe, Slawomir Tokarski, Director for Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the European Commission and other representatives of EU services will be there to welcome, inspire and moderate the discussions.
The Summit is co-hosted by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions, which will also open the doors of its Plenary Session on the future of the Cohesion Policy and next Multiannual Financial Framework to the DCC Mayors the next day.