The Erasmus+ CRISIS Project’s recent event, “Smart Cities: Resilience and the Path Forward,” has marked a significant milestone in the journey towards smart city evolution, as recounted on the Open Data City Officer’s platform, www.opendatacity.eu. Held at the University of Nicosia on October 5, 2023, the event brought together visionaries and experts to delve into the transformative potentials offered by the Erasmus+ Programme for smart city development.

Mrs. Nadia Lortzie, responsible for the strategy and implementation of the Smart City of Nicosia, delivered an insightful presentation titled “The Vision of the Nicosia Municipality on Smart Cities.” She detailed the initiatives and future plans of Smart City Nicosia, emphasizing the city’s international standing at #117 globally, and shed light on the ongoing efforts to bolster the city’s smart ecosystem.

A highlight of the event was Prof. Angelika Kokkinaki, Dean of the University of Nicosia’s School of Business, elucidating the objectives of the OpenDCO Erasmus+ Project, which focuses on fostering digital competencies in the realm of open data and smart cities. Prof. Kokkinaki’s address underlined the importance of the Open Data City Officer in contributing to these developments and encouraged participation in an upcoming MOOC on open data for smart cities, leading to certification in relevant competences.

The event also featured other distinguished speakers, including Mr. Stelios Mavromoustakos, Director of the Foundation for the Management of European Lifelong Learning Programmes, and Mrs. Elena Poulli, Officer A’ at the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Digital Policy. Their presentations covered various aspects of the Erasmus+ Programme and the strategic plan for developing smart cities in Cyprus.

On the following day, attendees visited the Control Center of the Smart City of Nicosia, where Mrs. Lortzie and Mr. Charalambos Papadopoulos showcased the city’s pioneering initiatives and technology-driven solutions. This visit provided an excellent opportunity for networking and exploring collaborative research and project opportunities.

The success of the event and the visit to the Control Center underscore the significant role of the Open Data City Officer in promoting smart city development and the utilization of open data. The OpenDCO project and the Erasmus+ CRISIS project together are paving the way for more resilient, sustainable, and technologically advanced urban environments.

For more information on the OpenDCO project and its contributions to smart city development, visit www.opendatacity.eu.

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