Sofia DCC team carries out study visit to Amsterdam


In what was a great example of the type of collaboration being formed in the Digital Cities Challenge, the Sofia Investment Agency, which leads the city’s DCC team, recently completed a study trip to Amsterdam.

As one of six Mentor cities in the programme, due to its development in the fields of innovation, technology and digitization, Amsterdam is relishing its role to inspire and share success practices with the network.

Hosted by the Amsterdam Economic Board and the Amsterdam Smart City platform, the Sofia Investment Agency was able to learn more about Amsterdam’s successful business, entrepreneurial development and smart city projects and initiatives.

The Amsterdam Economic Board (AEB) is the most important advisory body in the Amsterdam region in the economic field. Made up of leading CEOs, academicians and government officials, the AEB addresses complex urban issues through innovation and collaboration between the private sector, knowledge institutes and government organisations on the metropolitan scale. 

Among some of the initiatives introduced to the Sofia team was the ‘Tada – data disclosed’ initiative, a manifesto that acts as a manual for a responsible digital city. The manifesto is backed by individuals, organisations and businesses who want to design a responsible digital city.

The manifesto is open to all stakeholders supporting the idea that data can contribute to tackling the major problems of modern cities, making them cleaner, safer, healthier and more habitable, but only by using them for the benefit of society.

The Amsterdam Smart City Platform presented its public policies in four key urban directions: Energy, Digital City, Mobility and Circular Economy. The organisation unites citizens, municipalities and institutions in finding and implementing innovative ideas and sustainable solutions to urban challenges. 

More than 280 smart city projects have been implemented under the Amsterdam Smart City program so far and the platform is a community of 5,900 people and organisations committed to its activities. Amsterdam Smart City also shares its expertise with 482 cities from over 50 countries around the world.

The trip was well praised by the Sofia Investment Agency with plans made for follow up trips in May at the Next Web Festival in Amsterdam and then a chance to return the favour a week later at the Webit.Festival Europe in Sofia.