About SmartImpact

SmartImpact is a 30 month project (2015 – 2018) funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the URBACT programme.

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Cities Ready for the Future

Led by Manchester City Council (UK), the project is comprised of nine European cities – Dublin (IE), Eindhoven (NL), Guadalajara (ES), Miskolc (HU), Porto (PT), Smolyan (BG), Stockholm (SE), Suceava (RO), Zagreb (HR). 

The cities have been supported by Lead Expert Alanus von Radecki who heads a research unit on Smart Cities at the Fraunhofer Institute, a leading research group in Europe.

The concept is about making cities liveable with the help of technology. SmartImpact looks at the issues beyond technology; the complex ecosystem of people, processes, politics and stakeholders that make up a Smart city.  Partner cities have shared good practice through a process of learning and exchange.

A core part of the work for each city was to deliver a local action plan drawing on their on their experiences in the project and reflecting the 5 SmartImpact themes. Collectively, these city action plans provide an insight into a new governance model for Smart cities.

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