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Prior to the Smart City Event we’ve interviewed Justing Italianer, Alliander. http://www.smartcityevent.com/justine-italianer/


The biggest challenge is that over the last years the focus in the smart cities’ topic has mostly been on technology and ICT, but if you really think about what is the biggest key to success in realising smart and liveable cities, it’s about the people that live and work there

A smart city is about looking at the world from a different angle. It’s about smart people with smart ideas, they are to challenge the status quo. It’s about entrepreneurs, inhabitants, governments and businesses working together to create smart ideas and make cities as liveable as possible. I’ve been working with Amsterdam for a very long time and I believe that if you look at the way we made progress and the energy that has arisen here among inhabitants and entrepreneurs to really make Amsterdam as liveable as possible, I think Amsterdam is definitely a leading city in the world.

 

Over the last years I think Amsterdam is definitely a great example of how many grass root initiatives have just started popping up from the ground. People doing urban farming, generating their own energy and using data to make great apps, so that people can have smart mobility in the city.

The biggest challenge is that over the last years the focus in the smart cities’ topic has mostly been on technology and ICT, but if you really think about what is the biggest key to success in realising smart and liveable cities, it’s about the people that live and work there. So how are you going to combine public, private and communities in achieving smart city goals.

The challenge is that public and private parties and communities actually have similar goals. Only they don’t find each other and they don’t know how to work together to realise them that often yet. So what we really need is to find a connection between all these parties and focus on new business models that are actually going to achieve the goals that they have with relation to smart city initiatives.

There is a recently launching initiative, Smart Connections, to realise these connections between public, private and community parties so that we can actually look at creating concepts that are relevant for smart city initiatives with new business models where we form the new economy. The trick is to not convince them to invest, but to redesign the way they invest our money now. It’s about looking at new business models where their investments create more value for the city, so that not only they themselves, but also the city and the inhabitants have benefit.

In the future smart cities will be about repeatable local concepts where public, private and communities work together to achieve their goals.


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