WP T4:
Transnational urban innovation cooperation strategy

In accordance with the mutual objectives and interests, the partners of the URBAN INNO project signed a Cooperation Agreement for a future cooperation to continue the transnational cooperation and address the challenge of making Central Europe more innovative and competitive by maximising the innovation potential of smaller and medium sized urban ecosystems, by a better linkage of its actors through the establishment of quadruple helix clusters/ networks and strengthening the existing ones in the partner regions and by development and implementation of new participatory methods.

In order to have a clear understanding and vision for future cooperation, the partners went through the following steps:

1) Each of the nine regions carried out a detailed Regional Cluster Monitoring. In this Regional Cluster Monitoring a detailed overview of the local context and specific characteristics of the city/ region has been given, which provided the basis for an in-depths SWOT analysis following the Smart Cities approach - Smart Economy, Smart People, Smart Governance, Smart Mobility, Smart Environment, Smart Living - in order to map/ identify the major challenges and priorities for the future development.

2) Based on a comparative analysis/benchmarking of the nine UI4 clusters – major challenges and opportunities have been identified in the framework of a comparative benchmarking workshop, furthermore topics have been identified which led to common priorities to focus on in the future.

3) In the Good Practices work package, roundabout 500 GPs were collected in a multi-stage process (sources: Interreg Europe, URBACT) and reviewed and prioritised by the project partners. Finally, the six selected GPs were analysed in the fields Smart Economy, Smart Governance and Smart Mobility. In the following GP trainings the three selected GPs OpenData Trentino, the Bristol Citizen Sensing Approach and Lubljana Park and Ride were examined more intensively in webinars.

4) As a result, all these activities resulted in the Cooperation Agreement signed by the Project Partners.