Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches New Digital Innovation Project for European Cities
Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a new initiative for European capital cities that aims to accelerate digital innovation to improve critical services and deliver better results for residents. Across Europe, cities are undertaking significant efforts to embrace technology and design to transform public services and better leverage public data to solve problems. Through project support, grants, and professional development programming for Chief Digital Officers and other key leaders, Bloomberg Philanthropies aims to help European cities consolidate digital leadership – and share lessons learned with cities across the rest of the world.
“Technology is making it easier for local governments to anticipate issues, measure results, and respond to residents,” said Michael R. Bloomberg founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City. “Cities across Europe are helping to lead the world in using digital services to solve tough challenges, and this program will help them accelerate their progress.”
Bloomberg Philanthropies has invited all 28 European capital cities to join the initiative, with London, Helsinki, and Bratislava already signed on. These and other early joiners will help inform the design of the program to ensure maximum impact.
“I’m committed to ensuring new digital technologies put people first and address the major problems cities face, including cleaning up our air and tackling the housing crisis. I’m proud to support this new initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which will help London work closely with other European capital cities in developing common solutions to our biggest challenges,” said the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan...