The conference

Cities are in search of innovative concepts for urban development which have been successfully implemented, tested and showing a positive impact on the cities competitiveness. Innovation is not only needed in concepts for urban development, but also in the social and organizational processes that facilitate their implementation. New forms of (public-private) partnerships and new business models can pave the way for leading cities in the 21st century.

Which initiatives have proven to be successful and what were the key success factors to make them happen? These and other questions are addressed in our joint worldwide study with over twenty urban case studies. As the research progresses we are now planning to share, debate and enhance the findings of the research at our global conference ‘iUrban’ on sustainable urban competitiveness, which will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from 9 to 11 April 2014. The conference presents a unique opportunity to discuss the experiences with innovative approaches in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia, presented by keynote speakers from local governments, universities and businesses. The research and conference are not about dreams but about the real thing!

At iUrban we present and discuss innovative approaches that have been developed in cities to secure urban competitiveness, such as:

  • Sharing data in the digital city
  • Greening the city
  • Adapting to climate change
  • Managing urban mobility
  • Promoting cluster development
  • Enhancing urban security
  • Implementing new financial solutions
  • Using events for new urban legacies