The Municipal Council of Guimarães marked its position on financing of urban intelligence at the Portugal Smart Cities Summit 2018, last week in Lisbon.
The event brought together over 60 startup companies with big multinationals and city councils to network and debate the future of smart cities in everything from water to transport. The financing of urban intelligence, the future of smart and sustainable water and the digital transformation in energy were just some of the topics on the table.
The event opened with a Summit of Mayors, where the Guimarães City Councillor, Ricardo Costa, defended that cities should have the capacity to develop processes that optimise resources and respect the characteristics of the urban tissue, being flexible enough to adapt to the changes that are becoming evident with the overpopulation of cities.
An example of this is DREAM, an application to Smart Cities led by Guimarães which, together with Vilnius, Lithuania, represents pilot cities in a European consortium. This application stems from the ambition of six European cities to share, integrate and implement innovative solutions that can be shared globally, as well as the creation of resilient communities in a context of changing urban culture and reducing the consumption of fossil fuels.
The Municipality of Guimarães has been a pioneer in the concept of Smart Cities, understanding the need to convene collective intelligence to prepare the future, based on the transfer of knowledge from the university to local companies, as was evident when the Smart Cities Tour 2018 passed through the city in March.
Guimarães is also the only Portuguese city chosen by the European Commission to take part in the Digital Cities Challenge.