Online Workshop: Smart Cities digital transformation & digital competences for smart cities' personnel

Wednesday 3rd of June  2020, 10:30 -14:30 More…


  • Project “DevOps Competences for SmartCities” (project number 601015-EPP-
    1-2018-1-EL-EPPKA2-SSA) is an Erasmus+ KA2/ Sector Skills Alliance project. The
    aim of the project is the professional development through appropriate training of
    the personnel who work or will work in Municipalities, which are gradually
    transformed into Smart Cities. This will be achieved with upskilling them with new
    IT skills and knowledge that is required for smart city management; such as the
    DevOps methodology.
    The project has 13 partners (4 in Greece, 3 in Germany, 3 in Italy, 2 in Cyprus και
    1 in Belgium). Project coordinator is University of Thessaly (UTH) while the other 3
    partners in Greece are the Hellenic Open University (HOU), the Hellenic
    Organization for Standardization (ELOT)and Digital Cities of Central Greece
    One of the main project’s objectives is to define new job profiles, for those who
    plan to work as smart city professional. These new job profiles are:
    A. Smart City Planner,
    B. Smart City ΙΤ Manager and
    C. Smart City IT Officer.
    A Smart City (SC) Planner can be a high-level official that is able to bridge the
    needs that arise from cities traditional development and operational needs, smart
    and sustainable cities frameworks, best practices, standards and technologies and
    strategic priorities of the city’s political leadership.
    A SC IT Manager can be defined as an ICT Consultant with responsibilities that
    include setting objectives and strategies for the IT department, through the
    implementation of suitable technological solutions, in order to support all internal
    operations while being responsible of designing and customizing new smart city’s
    A SC IT officer is an IT technical expert that should be able to analyze smart city’s
    organizational data, determine information system requirements and define project
    objectives, apply software development process, with appropriate tools and
    techniques, make recommendations for necessary IT systems, design, implement,
    deploy and operate new IT services and provide support and training to various
    types of users.
    In order to create smart cities professionals a number of competences and skills
    need to be developed, which can be divided in 4 different groups:
  • Transversal Skills. Includes the development of abilities such as creativity,
    entrepreneurial thinking, ability to work in a team, social skills, ambiguity
    tolerance, motivation to learn, emotional intelligence, strategic vision,
    intercultural skills, project and process management, design thinking, decision making and problem solving, leadership and management skills, stakeholder
    management, knowledge management and advanced presentation skills. 
  • General IT management knowledge. Includes the development of abilities in a
    variety of topics such as software development life cycles and agile methods,
    IT quality assurance, IT security, system and software architecture, basic
    concepts of Cloud computing, basic concepts of Internet Of Things, basic
    concepts of Data Analytics, introduction to Artificial Intelligence and introduction
    to ITIL.
  • DevOps skills. DevOps basic concepts (culture and practices), repository
    management, continuous integration, configuration management, use of
    building, deployment and monitoring tools and code analysis and continuous
    testing tools.
  • Smart cities related. Includes knowledge and abilities about smart cities
    platforms, smart cities business models, smart services and operating
    procedures, smart cities standards and legal issues, smart city sustainability,
    smart city resilience, urban management, citizen driven/citizen orientation/user
    experience design and smart city financial management and procurement.


A certificate of attendance will be issued.

Part 1 : The needs for digital transformation of cities – The Greek perspective

Welcome Speech
Zissis MAMOURIS, Professor, University of Thessaly Rector
1. Greek digital cities
Speaker: Dimitrios PAPASTERGIOU, Trikala Mayor, President of Association of Greek Cities
2. Digital Innovation
Speaker: Konstantinos CHAMBIDIS, Minister’s Office Director, Digital Governance Ministry.
3. Greek digital cities
Speaker: Georgios SOULTIS, Deputy Mayor of Larissa.
4. Greek digital cities
Speaker: Chrisostomos KALOGIROU, Managing Director, Major Development Agency Thessaloniki SA
5. Cities’ development and transformation
Speaker: George PETRAKOS, Professor, University of Thessaly
6.The requirements of the digital transformation
Speaker: Nikolaos KOMNINOS, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
7. Drivers of digital transformation for Greek cities
Speaker: Yota PAPARIDOU,, President of the Board of Directors, SEPE (Federation of Hellenic ICT Enterprises)
8. Commercial platforms and solutions for smart cities
Speaker:  Nikolaos LAMBROGEORGOS, Senior Account Manager, Public Sector, CISCO Hellas

Part 2 : The European perspective

12:45 – 14:30
9. Smart cities networks
Speaker: Mr. Davor MEERSMAN, CEO Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC).
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10. Intelligent Cities Challenge: shaping a smart, green and climate neutral future
Speaker: Dana ELEFTHERIADOU, Head of Advanced Technologies Team, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
11. Water management for smart cities, collaborative open source development
Speaker: Mr. Alexandre BOSSHARD, City of Pully, Switzerland.
The speech is in English.
12. International practices for transforming cities
Speaker: Fulvio ANANASSO, Stati Generali dell'Innovazione, Italy
The speech is in English
13. Smart Cities Standards
Speaker: 13. Smart Cities Standards Ioannis SARIDAKIS,, ELOT
14. Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities for all: Towards an integrated system of indicators for assessing of cities’ performance
Speaker: Anastasia STRATIGEA, Professor, National Technical University of Athens
15. Digital skills for smart cities - DEVOPS project
Speaker: Panos FITSILIS, Professor, University of Thessaly 

The trainings in the new professional profiles  start from September 2020.