Smart City Development based on partnerships
Smart Aarhus proposes a new way of organizing efforts to find effective and sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by many cities today. Through collaboration between the public and the private sector, citizens, the business community, and knowledge institutions, Smart Aarhus offers a platform for everyone, who wants to make use the opportunities of digitalization across sectors and hierarchies.
Smart Aarhus involves citizens in the development of projects like in the project Digital Neighbourhood, where the traditional communication model is flipped upside-down, and issues raised by citizens form the basis of new city initiatives. Smart Aarhus favours sustainable solutions as seen in the project RADICAL, where a digital chip for bicycles makes traffic lights turn green and helps cyclists to an easy passage through the city. Furthermore, Smart Aarhus uses participatory models for funding as when companies, educational institutions, networks, and individuals make IWDK possible by crowdsourcing events.
Smart Aarhus promotes national and international collaboration across cities and regions to ensure that efforts are coordinated broadly. The Smart Aarhus Secretariat takes on a leading role in coordinating activities in the Danish Smart City Network and in the Connected Smart Cities Network, which provides an international forum for smart city solutions.
Internationally, Smart Aarhus is considered a Scandinavian third way that offers a model for city development based on the practice of stakeholder and citizen involvement, and which differs from both the more commercial American and the more centrally controlled Asian traditions. In addition, social, economic, and environmental sustainability play a central role in Scandinavia – and to Smart Aarhus.
Smart Aarhus 2015 folder