Cities and local governments are the key to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and the challenges caused. We have compiled a list of sources from different initiatives that are emerging in response to the current situation.
A collection of digital solutions to the coronovirus response on the European commission website. Includes policy papers, toolboxes, good practices, innovative solutions and links to projects and initiatives, in the following areas: Digital Technologies – Innovative Solutions; Data, Supercomputers, AI; Data from Space; Networks and Connectivity; Online Platforms Fighting Disinformation; Staying Safe Online; Online Learning
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) hosted a webinar on family learning and community support on 8 April 2020 as part of its ongoing series for members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). Perspectives on and initiatives for family and community learning in response to COVID-19 were shared.
Over 20,900 participants from across the EU and beyond joined to offer their time, talent and business ideas to help support Europe’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Over 2,150 solutions were submitted in areas including health and life (898), business continuity (381), remote working and education (270), social and political cohesion (452), digital finance (75) and other challenges (83). As a follow-up, the European Commission will host a follow-up matchathon to help the finalists and winners of the EUvsVirus Hackathon connect with corporates, investors, accelerators, venture capitalists, etc. around the world to put their innovative solutions into production and save lives.
- Outsmarting the Corona Pandemic with Digital Innovation – call for Solutions by Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC)
Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) is now scouting operational digital solutions that mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our health care systems, the economy and society. The solutions will be showcased in the brand-new OASC Catalogue where cities & communities can discover and reuse them.
A Digital Innovation Hub is a coordinated group of organisations with complementary expertise and a not-for-profit objective, offering a set of services to companies and public sector organisations, to support their digital transformation. The “Workshop on Digital Innovation Hubs serving the public sector” originally scheduled for March, was turned into a number of webinars:
- Innovative services and products for the circular economy – insights from Horizon2020 projects workshop
This workshop gathered important insights to feed the current policymaking, days before the publication of the new Circular Economy Action plan and the New Industrial Strategy for Europe.
- On the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak and the Smart City Network: Universal Data Sharing Standards Coupled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Benefit Urban Health Monitoring and Management – article by Allam, Zaheer & Jones, David
This perspective paper, written one month after detection and during the outbreak, surveys the virus outbreak from an urban standpoint and advances how smart city networks should work towards enhancing standardization protocols for increased data sharing in the event of outbreaks or disasters, leading to better global understanding and management of the same.