- 19 May 2015
- CITY AS STRATEGIST
An interview with Katalin Gallyas from Amsterdam’s Chief Technology Office Katalin Gallyas is an Open Innovation Programme Manager in the...
Has the city set a clear direction and built the internal capabilities required to support innovation?
City halls are often large organisations encompassing many separate departments, each with its own responsibilities and day-to-day pressures.
Delivering a sustained commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship can be challenging in such a complex environment.
Good policy can be built on an ad hoc basis but, in order to really maximise its potential, it is wise to ensure that the plans and people are in place to provide leadership, and co-ordinate it across city hall.
Many cities have started to develop ambitious and wide-ranging strategies that weave together innovation, skills, economic development and planning, in the quest to become leading innovation hub.
High-performing cities are going on to establish innovation teams and leadership positions that provide integration to all policy initiatives, allowing for experimentation and transformation of the way city government operates.
Publish a vision of how to support innovation and entrepreneurship
Have a public set of KPIs that measure the success of the city’s vision
Have an innovation function within city hall
Have senior leadership with responsibility for innovation and entrepreneurship
Via the Seoul Innovation Bureau, Seoul is promoting a Sharing City where citizens can use social media and an online platform to engage with the development of their public services. With a chief information officer in place since 1999, Seoul has taken the lead in establishing a sophisticated e-governance information system infrastructure.
Chicago’s Innovation Delivery Team is one of five city teams funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, working on initiatives to improve city services. In 2011, Chicago appointed a chief technology officer, and The City of Chicago Technology Plan sets out an inspiring vision of change for the city.
In London, the Smart London Plan was published by the Smart London Board to set out the role that digital technology can play in helping to address key city challenges such as rapid population growth, and to improve Londoners’ lives.