Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the twenty-one European cities selected to participate in a new initiative aimed at improving critical services for residents through digital innovation.
The cities will receive design and technical assistance in support of their efforts to transform one critical resident-facing service. To that end, teams of city officials will participate in a diagnostic process designed to assess their respective organizational capacity to harness digital technology and identify opportunities to advance their digital capabilities; a series of in-person and virtual meetings with leaders across Europe focused on digital transformation; and a specialized executive education program delivered by Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School faculty focused on the skills needed to lead digital innovation. At the conclusion of the two-year program, the teams will have acquired the skills needed to redesign additional services and share the lessons they have learned with other cities around the world.
The cities selected for this cohort are Amsterdam (Netherlands), Athens (Greece), Berlin (Germany), Bratislava (Slovakia), Brussels (Belgium), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland), Helsinki (Finland), Ljubljana (Slovenia), London, (United Kingdom), Madrid (Spain), Nicosia (Cyprus), Prague (Czech Republic), Riga (Latvia), Reykjavik (Iceland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Stockholm (Sweden), Tallinn (Estonia), Vilnius (Lithuania), and Warsaw (Poland).
"Across Europe, cities are embracing technology to transform their public services and tackle complex challenges," said Jorrit de Jong, faculty co-chair of the Harvard program. "This new program provides an opportunity for city leaders to further develop important leadership skills, from building high-performing teams and collaborating across departments to leveraging data, in order to drive digital transformation."