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Developing smart city solutions using the Innovation Partnership method: how does it work? Lessons from Växjö

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This article focuses on the innovation partnership (IP) model. This model opens new avenues for public bodies, including cities, to co-create solutions together with private companies or other innovators. It was introduced in 2014, but so far public bodies have been hesitant to adopt it: it is only scarcely used.

In the UIA-funded DIACCESS project, started in 2019, the Swedish city of Växjö has embraced this model to co-develop smart city solutions with suppliers, and has so far already learned many lessons that are very relevant for other cities. In this zoom-in, we explain how the IP model works; then, we scrutinize how Växjö has adopted it: what problems were encountered in the various stages, and what lessons can be learned from that?

Reference van Winden, W. (Author). (2021). Developing smart city solutions using the Innovation Partnership method: how does it work? Lessons from Växjö. Web publication/site, Urban Innovative Actions. https://uia-initiative.eu/en/news/diaccess-zoomin-1-developing-smart-city-solutions-using-innovation-partnership-method-how-does

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Dec 2021

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