The project is aiming to enhance growth opportunity based on increased capacity of BSR cities and regions in Sustainable and Resilient Smart Cities digital service innovation. The project will establish BSR interregional Quadruple Helix Academia-Industry-Government-Citizens collaboration platform that will include stakeholders and SMEs network and digital collaboration portal to stimulate the implementation of smart specialization (RIS3) innovation strategy of participating BSR cities and regions. The project will create a collaboration platform as a digital service and as a mode of operation between all the stakeholders to carry out different kind of pilots related to RIS3 priorities. As a result of the project, there will be a virtual Living Lab service available for Quadruple Helix participation as well as a model of combaining physical and virtual living lab activities for digital service and resilient BSR smart city development.
Smart City is a rapidly growing, innovative, complex multidisciplinary topic of high societal importance. It has strong links with regional innovation ecosystems and is tightly connected to European and global developments. It has been recently receiving a lot of interest, investments and support. Several BSR countries are considered as pioneers in the number of Sustainable Resilient Smart Cities domains and have reputation of global player’s in ICT, social innovation, Living Lab, eHealth, smart energy, integrated environments monitoring, security and safety domains. However, there is a big undiscovered potential for regional innovation and growth in BSR for ICT driven social innovation and eServices driven economic development that can leverage from the complementarities among the BSR strengths and expertise and from implementation of RIS3 strategies . Here one main challenge is the fragmentation across sectors and disciplines with the lack of coordination, exchange, information sharing and coordinated Smart Specialization strategies among BSR countries for Smart Cities, eServices and Open Data topics. In recent years, many projects have been carried out thorough Europe on eService. However, no systematic & harmonized measures have been initiated to guide the regions and build capacities for continuous exchange of know-how (i.e. to apply them in their practices in a trans regional context). Furthermore, although in “ideal cases”, relevant local actors would automatically cooperate to provide eServices (i.e. e-health, e-edu etc.), the practice shows that this is not happening without “external” incentives.
SURE targets academia, industry, public sector and citizens by providing solutions for the followings: • How to create a sustainable cooperation & interaction mechanism among all relevant actors (including the end users)? • How to support regions to effectively steer the process of eServices development for their socio-economic benefits as well as their sustainability and resiliency? • How to exploit the regional economic growth by integrating enterprises?