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e-update #4

Dear readers,

As we head towards the summer we have made good progress in the Lighthouse Cities (see below), with most having finalised the planning /procurement phase and in the middle of the nitty gritty roll-out of the smart solutions.

A couple of weeks ago we were at the 2016 EIP-SCC General Assembly in Einhoven where we met the cities involved in the five new projects, which are being funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ‘Smart cities and communities’ funding stream. You can also have the opportunity to meet all of the projects and find out more about how we are working together at the Building Sustainability, SGBC16 Conference in Stockholm,18-20 October. Early bird tickets are still available until 30 June!

Don't forget if you are interested in following what is happening in our Lighthouse cities and five Follower cities (see below for an update from Porto) more closely, you can join our city interest group.

Best wishes,

Gustaf Landahl
Project Coordinator (City of Stockholm)

 Blog updates from the 3 Lighthouse Cities

Over the course of this five-year project, the Lighthouse Cities will provide regular updates on their progress, challenges and lessons learned in implementing the 12 solutions and transitioning to become a smart, sustainable city.

Stockholm blog #3: putting smart solutions into practice
What is a demonstration site, is there is anything to demonstrate? Why does it take so long to get things implemented? Isn’t the technology for your smart solutions already in place? 

Find out how we addressed these questions during the planning phase of GrowSmarter and find out
how our smart solutions are shaping up in situ!
Mika Hakosalo will be leading the implementation of the 12 solutions in Årsta, and will be providing you with updates from the Stockholm site.

Click here to read my blog

Cologne blog #3: when do public and private interests overlap?
Find out how we are working with our industry partners to build up a route of several mobility points from Messe-Deutz station North through the Stegerwaldsiedlung and the wider Mülheim district.

Our data platform continues to be developed and has already stimulated local entrepreneurs to create some
25 Apps
Barbara Moehlendick will be leading the implementation of the 12 solutions in Mülheim, and will be providing you with updates from the Cologne site.

Click here to read my blog
Barcelona blog #3: smart taxi management in Barcelona
With our taxi tracking app solution we hope to help manage the taxi distribution in Barcelona by guiding taxi drivers to head to empty stands waiting for a service, or to those which have the highest demands to pick-up clients.

Find out how we are planning on developing this app and when the trials begin!
Joan Blanco will be leading the implementation of the 12 solutions, and will be providing you with updates from the Barcelona site.

Click here to read my blog
Special blog update from Follower City Porto
 GrowSmarter joined this year´s second edition of Hackacity, which took place simultaneously in several cities across the world and is part of the Start & Scale Week, promoted by the City of Porto through the ScaleUp Porto strategy.

Read more about this event and Porto's replication plan here.

Upcoming events

Events where GrowSmarter will be presenting
8 June I Smart Cities CEE I Budapest, Hungary
13-14 June I IoT Tech EXPO I Berlin, Germany 
18 -19 October I Building Sustainability, SGBC16 I Stockholm, Sweden **EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN**
26-28 October I Local Renewables I Basel, Switzerland
1-2 Dec. I Smart city workshop @ Polis conference I Rotterdam, Netherlands

For information on more smart city events, see the GrowSmarter website

 How you can get involved!

Become a member of our City Interest Group
As part of the project, five so-called ‘Follower Cities’ will closely monitor the ‘Lighthouse Cities’ to learn from their experiences and to identify measures suitable for their specific local context. You can become part of our wider network by joining the City Interest Group.

More information >>
Take part in our European workshops
Four European workshops will be held to showcase the experiences of the 'Lighthouse Cities' in implementing  the smart solutions and exchange between cities from all over Europe. You are welcome to join us at these free workshops and take part in the discussion. 

More information >>
Meet industry partners at our study visits
The three Lighthouse Cities will each host a number of study visits, which are free to attend, and provide opportunities to see first-hand technological application of the 12 smart solutions and meet the 20+ industrial partners taking part in the GrowSmarter project.

More information >>

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 646456. The sole responsibility for the content of this e-update lies with the GrowSmarter project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.

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