During another meeting of the DELab UW seminar series, we looked at the implementation of the smart city concept in Polish cities.
In her presentation, Małgorzata Osowska discussed ways of interpreting and using the smart city concept on the example of three Polish cities: Gdańsk, Warsaw and Wrocław. The material is based on the results of research carried out between 2018 and 2020 for the dissertation. The speaker conducted 28 individual interviews with officials responsible for one of the following areas: digitization, city development strategy, sustainable development, cooperation with the environment, communication with residents, roads, research and innovation.
In the first part of the talk, the most important findings of the [wpml_nbsp] analysis of the semantic field around the smart city are shown. In the opinion of policy officials, what conditions must be met by policies and specific actions to earn the label of „smart” and what distinguishes them from solutions that are merely „technological gadgets, trinkets”?
The second part of the paper presents concrete practices and methods that city managers use to incorporate smart city elements into their policies, in areas such as strategy building, the functional division of the city, the functioning of the office and cooperation with the environment. The speaker outlined local government officials» different approaches to using „distributed intelligence in the city,” including the roles assigned to technology, residents, and officials in the process.