iCity Project on the Eurocities Barcelona.

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On the 3rd and 4th April, an Eurocities event was held in Barcelona, at 22@Barcelona district, in the Barcelona Activa building, where Jordi Cirera, iCity Project Coordinator, was invited to present the iCity Project to near 30 cities interested on it, including, for instance, Bordeaux, Amsterdam or Oulu. 

The engagement in the Eurocities event in Barcelona has been an important push up for the iCity Project. It could be released and get in touch to a community of cities, professionals, researchers and developers involved in the Eurocities project, sharing their philosophy.  It became an amazing opportunity to get new synergies and relations with new potential members. Finally, it was also a way to expand the project to new locations, with the ultimate goal of building and providing public services.

The origins of Eurocities can be traced back to 1986, when a conference organised in Rotterdam on ‘the city, the engine behind economic recovery’ brought together representatives from 11 big cities alongside academics and industrialists. Followed three years later by another major conference in Barcelona in 1989, this signalled the emergence of a core group of six ‘second’ cities which were instrumental in establishing the network: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam.

The group of cities was driven forward by a three key factors: a clear urban focus; sharp political thinking; and existing relationships with the European Community institutions. The commitment of the cities to promoting an integrated urban model in Europe led them to set up ad hoc working groups on economic and social themes, and a third conference in Lyon in 1990.

After the Eurocities event in Barcelona, there’s projected a new workshop in an upcoming event in Tallin, Estonia, on the 12th of June, where iCity Project and CitySDK are going to present their output projects, being involved in a smart city workshop. iCity Platform is going to be shown and smart cities will see they can join the project with the adoption of a smart city platform.