The city council has revealed its plan “Barcelona Ciutat Digital 2017–2020, Transició cap a la Sobirania Tecnològica”, Barcelona Digital City 2017-2020, Transition towards Technological Sovereignty. The council intends for this plan to improve on the current Smart City model to ensure an open, equal and circular democracy.
With this in mind, the three main principals of the plan are:
Government: The use of technology to transform public services resulting in more transparent and efficient governing.
They aim to develop services based on more open source, free software and agile methodologies. They also intend to develop a public and open data infrastructure as well as enhance the digital infrastructure in the city to increase connectivity for citizens. The budget allocated to this transformation of government services is 65.6 million euros in the period 2017-2019.
Development of the local ecosystem of innovation, and the digital socioeconomic fabric
To create a more plural economy the plan seeks to facilitate the access of SME’s, freelancers, social enterprises, and innovators, to the public procurement process. A budget of 10 million euros has been allocated to ensure this democratisation of the digital innovation market.
The council will be increasing the range of digital skills training, to promote a higher rate of digital literacy. And data will be kept open and under public control to maintain urban democracy.
Sounds like a good plan to us!
Increasing the digital infrastructure, nurturing a local ecosystem of innovation and citizen empowerment are ideas we think are great and aim to embody in the Solar HUB and SHOC Programme. As citizens, and as an SME, we’re going to be watching the implementation of this plan with interest.