The Smart City Practical Guide: A collection to guide our municipalities step by step towards a more smart and sustainable management of their territory.

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You want to start a Smart City approach but you don't know where to begin or how to structure your ideas? To respond to this need for guidance, the Smart City Institute has developed a series of practical guides that will enable you to compose your own strategy and projects according to the specificities of your territory: the Smart City Practical Guide Collection. Every year, nearly 262 municipalities, among others, are sensitised through this collection.

The collection, made up of several volumes, includes:
  • A first basic volume, which will provide you with the keys to defining your strategy in 15 steps.
  • Additional volumes dedicated to specific themes, in order to feed into the first reference volume and to provide, each year, new sources of inspiration to the actors of our territories.

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A Practical Guide for whom?

Each volume offers you:
  • A solid theoretical basis for an optimal understanding of the subject treated
  • Key supporting steps that will allow you to structure your design process in a clear way
  • A checklist, to help you stay on track and keep your goals in mind
Everyone has their own profile, everyone has their own use: discover the testimonies of 3 readers, and how this Guide can be useful to you in your approaches!
 

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Context : why this collection?

In February 2017, the first Belgian Smart Cities Barometer carried out by the SCI research team made it possible to measure, for the first time, the trend in Belgium and to highlight the following elements:
  • Belgian municipalities feel unprepared facing the Smart City challenge and find it difficult to grasp;
  • While more than 80% of Flemish and Brussels municipalities consider the Smart City concept to be adapted to their territory, in Wallonia, barely 45% of the municipalities affirm this;
  • In 2016, only 13% of them had implemented a strategy in this area;
  • Finally, the respondents felt that it is essential to train and inform the various stakeholders about the Smart City dynamic and its challenges, asking in particular for a guide with concrete recommendations on the subject.

These observations highlighted a real need for guidance within our municipalities. This is what motivated the Smart City Institute, with the support and expertise of its partners, to write a Practical Guide for Belgian cities and municipalities.

Concretely: what does the collection consist of?

  • Annual publications : Through this concept of the collection, the ambition of the SCI is to provide, each year, a new Practical Guide to accompany our territories step by step and support their reflections on an ongoing basis.
  • Specific themes : Each new volume is dedicated to a new specific theme, in line with the current issues identified by the municipalities. The aim is to respond to their needs as best as possible.
  • Different media : Each volume that makes up the collection of the Smart City Practical Guide is available in various forms:
    • An interactive summary, available on the www.GuideSmartCity.be platform for volumes 1 & 2.
    • A full version, downloadable for free in PDF format on this platform
    • A paper version, distributed each year with the support of Digital Wallonia, to all the municipalities of Wallonia, to enhance the Smart Region dynamic which aims to strengthen and encourage Smart City projects in Wallonia.
 

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About SCI's support missions

Since 2015, the Smart City Institute (SCI) aims to stimulate research, teaching and innovation in the field of smart cities. More concretely, one of its main missions is to develop various instructional projects to motivate Belgian municipalities to take part in the Smart Cities dynamic. The objective is to support them in their transition towards a more smart and sustainable management of their territories. In this perspective, the SCI team has developed several tools: continuing education courses in Smart City Management, conferences and workshops, annual Smart City barometers, but also a Smart City Practical Guide.

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