The City of Patras organised the Digital Cities Challenge (DCC) Vision and Ambition Workshop with the participation of 40 people representing the main stakeholders of the city. It took place on 4 May 2018 at the premises of the Technical Chamber of Western Greece in Patras.
During the workshop Lead Expert Pr. Lena Tsipouri, Local Expert Dr. Thanasis Kalogeras and City Representative Dr. Petros Ganos presented:
- The results of the Self-Assessment Tool (based on 26 responses) showing that the City of Patras is on the path to digital transformation and modernisation of industry
- An initial SWOT analysis derived from the DCC interviews as well as the existing knowledge from the “Patras Smart City” exercises, an initiative preceding DCC
- A suggestion for the vision and the ambition of the city
The suggested SWOT and vision were thoroughly discussed during the workshop. A lively discussion led to complements and slight amendments agreed unanimously by the audience and the presenters.
The main features of the SWOT stressed the role of the three higher education institutions, public research organisations and innovation support infrastructure (accelerators, cluster development, Science Park).
Innovation hubs and accelerators, attraction of IT talent, education in ICT sectors are the main advantages of Patras in its effort for its digital transformation. Weaknesses include lack of coordination, training for employees and finance (private and public). Opportunities and threats emerge mainly from the national and global environment.
After the consultation with the workshop participants, the vision was formulated as follows:
“Taking advantage of the active involvement of the human resources, the innovative initiatives of the city's institutions and start-ups as well as the opportunities for the development of new generation networks, Patras aims at becoming a smart digital city improving the daily life of its citizens, entrepreneurs and visitors”