Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Twenty-One European Cities to Join New Digital Innovation Program

Monday, January 13, 2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Twenty-One European Cities to Join New Digital Innovation Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today the 21 European capital cities that will participate in a new initiative aimed at accelerating digital innovation to improve critical services and deliver better results for residents. The goal of the program is to help European cities deliver high-impact digital services, and share lessons learned with cities around the rest of the world.

“European capital cities are already among the world’s leaders when it comes to digitizing government services to deliver better results for residents,” said Andrea Coleman of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Through this new offering, we hope to see these cities take their work to the next level by putting people at the heart of digital transformation, driving 21st Century ways of working across their organizations, and sharing lessons with other cities around the world.”

The participating cities announced today are:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Athens, Greece
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • London, UK
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Prague, Czechia
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Warsaw, Poland

For the duration of the two-year program, participating cities will receive expert technical assistance including design support to focus intensely on and transform one resident-facing government service to deliver better outcomes. The types of issues cities are expected to address include housing, mobility, health, education and jobs. Following the two year program, city teams will have acquired the skills and peer network to tackle additional challenges and redesign even more services.

Beginning with a kick-off meeting in London in January 2020, representatives from the selected cities will participate in a series of in-person and virtual meetings that will connect them with leaders throughout Europe focused on digital transformation...

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