City of Mechelen

Profile:

Mechelen, a local government, is a medium-sized city in heart of Europe near Brussels. It has 86.000 inhabitants and wants to grow to 100.000 inhabitants by 2030. The attractiveness of the city is therefore a priority. The city has developed the last years to a city with a dynamic image attracting more inhabitants, entrepreneurs, employers, visitors and tourists. Mechelen is now interested in setting up a structure that allows more quadruple helix cooperation and opens up possibilities by the use of Open Data.

Expertise:

The Strategic Department of the city (including the Smart City coordinator, Strategic function, Data manager) cooperates with the IT department on IT­business alignment. Mechelen has been using innovative e­-services since 2007, following ‘lean’ principles. Mechelen already did two eGov projects with the ERDF. The first project digitilises decision­ making of the city internally and has set up an e-­product catalogue. The follow­-up focused on a complete digitilisation of building permits. It also linked several databases both internally as with external stakeholders.

Role in the Project:

As Lead partner, the City of Mechelen will create together with the other city partners, a cross-border market  for innovative and data-driven solutions. In co-creation with citizens, smart solutions will be developed.

Expectations:

Mechelen expects through SCIFI to activate the demand for smart public services and get more mature open-data policies.

View on SCIFI’s impact:

Mechelen expects that a sustainable methodology will be developed for co-creation between companies, citizens, knowledge partners and the city. The experience within SCIFI will ensure efficiency gains and a more effective implementation of innovative solutions.