Within the Alcoidemà city strategy, the “Alcoy smart city” operational plan, the Smart City Alcoy master plan and the “DUSI Strategy” – “Europe 2020 Strategy“, Alcoy is framing its strategy of digitalisation and modernisation of the economic sector, placing human capital and local talent at the centre of the adaptation and transformation of the business to digital technology.
Alcoy understands that a strategy aimed at promoting and taking to the next level local digital awareness, skills and competences in any field (private, public, educational, etc.) is a unique way of making the city more dynamic. This approach aims to build on other elements that are also considered key digital enablers for the city, namely:
- Communication and exchange of information.
- Infrastructure, technology and data.
- Sectoral and public-private cooperation.
We started in this project at the beginning of 2018, and during the year and a half that the project has progressed, we have attended seminars, received visits from specialized consultants, carried out workshops in Alcoy with local agents from different fields, attended seminars. We have presented the project and the good practices that have already been carried out in Alcoy and ratified the commitment of the city by signing the pact of the mayors of digital cities.
Alcoy has been invited to be part of the new initiative that the European Commission will launch later this year, under the name “Intelligent Cities Challenge”.
Alcoy’s strategic orientation is therefore based on the following pillars to provide the city with an innovative value proposition and the right framework conditions to drive economic development and growth based on digital technology.
- Improvement, digital training and profiling of skills as the basis and driving force for the rest of the fields supporting digitisation.
- Communication, information and knowledge transfer between stakeholders and fields (industry, public, education, citizens, etc.).
- Creation and use of data and e-services oriented to the diversification and generation of businesses supported by technology and infrastructure.
- Coordination of resources, clusters and collaborations under a multi-perspective approach: digital and non-digital, sectorial, private and public, education and business, etc.
Digital Cities Challenge – Alcoy Digital Land
The Digital Cities Challenge is a European Commission initiative that will help to achieve sustainable economic growth in Alcoy through the integration of advanced technologies. The initiative promotes complementary action and synergies between existing policies involving digital priorities (e.g. the city’s strategic plan, science and innovation, smart city, climate and energy) and newly planned policy actions in support of digital transformation.
The ambition is for Alcoy to serve as a model for other Spanish and European cities. By developing and testing new policy levers in a collaborative approach with the participation of other cities as peers, it will demonstrate how to reap the benefits of the transformative power of digitisation. It will show how to fill the gaps that currently prevent Alcoy from moving forward and capture the benefits of digital transformation.
The resulting documents, the “Alcoy Digital Land Digital Transformation Strategy” and the “Alcoy City Assessment Report” can be downloaded here.
Summary of Alcoy Digital Land
Promote talent and human capital as a dynamizing element of the digital transformation in local companies and in the city, strengthening a constant communication between the economic, educational and public sectors.
Statement of ambition
Consolidate a communication network allowing the exploitation of current and future IoE services in public administration, education system, business and citizens.
Improve the digital skills of human capital in order to dynamise and boost productive processes and services in the socio-economic environment.
To build an infrastructure oriented to the storage, management and analysis of the data generated in the different educational and socioeconomic environments.
Promote partnership between digital and non-digital productive sectors through the creation of Hubs.
16 resulting activities
Participation of the city of Alcoy in summit meeting of mayors, seminars and workshops
- “2nd Academy Seminar, Brussels, 16-17 May 2018”
- “3rd Academy Seminar, Thessaloniki, 17-18 October 2018”
- “Workshop 2, Alcoy, 20 November 2018”
- “Mayors Summit, Brussels, 4 December 2018”
- “Alcoy Roadmap Workshop, 18 February 2019”
- “4th Academy Seminar, Algeciras, 29-30 January 2019”
- “5th Academy Seminar, Brussels, 8-9 April 2019”
- “High Level Conference”
ÁGORA is an open space for promotion, integration and interrelation between entities and people in order to design a new economic model in the region and position Alcoy and the region as a benchmark for entrepreneurship and innovation nationally and internationally through advice, information and any methodology that generates new economic value and / or business and encourages innovation of people.
- Economic promotion in the broadest sense in the business community.
- Business promotion and innovation and support for entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs at all stages.
- The development of the region.
- Foreign promotion.
- The promotion and consolidation of business initiatives based on the new economy, research, knowledge support and R+D.
All these general objectives will be developed in three clearly defined areas: People, Business and Territory.
Space for coworking new business models, both at the level of entrepreneurs and intra-entrepreneurs and Start Ups. It represents a first link in the generation of a new economy in Alcoy, since in the city there are shared workspaces available to mature and develop new businesses.
In “Open Àgora ” we hold conferences with more than 300 attendees, exhibitions of creators of recognized national and international prestige, as well as presentations of companies, SMEs, products and new value in all fields of knowledge and art. For example, Fundeum 4.0, talks on cybersecurity, digital employment, business training, children’s workshops, etc.
ÀgoraLab, is a space for learning by doing and generating cultural change from the youngest and the updating of the oldest. Robotics, Arduino, 3D printers. Programming of videogames, Lego Mindstorms, etc.
It is an activity that began in 2014, and year after year it has grown in budget and number of children trained. Since 2014 it has trained more than 500 students and has given more than 800 hours of training.
Its aim is to continue and improve it, favouring the strengthening of the training structure set up by the City Council for the promotion of digital skills of young people with training opportunities in robotics, programming, video games, etc.. The number of participants increases every year.
Project to convert the Rodes block into a technology centre that will form part of the “Digital District” project of the Generalitat Valenciana, to host digitisation services and technology-based companies.
“Rodes Future”, will be fundamentally destined to the promotion of the innovation, with special protagonism for the already announced technological institute of the cosmetics. To this will be added the Interior Tourism Centre, which will be financed and enabled by the Generalitat, as well as other cultural endowments.
In addition, this ambitious project, will be part of “Digital District” where companies will be located.
The objective is ambitious, and that is why it is proposed that the project not only be circulated to the block of Rodes itself, but that in the future it may expand to the old factories located in the vicinity, most of them also foundries and buildings equally of high architectural value..
Advanced industrial area
- Pagos – Advanced Industrial Area
Creation of a new Advanced Industrial R&D Area of more than 220,000 m2 which aims to be a pole of attraction for local, national and international companies in the world of research and development. Universities, companies from the Valencian community and technology centres will participate in the project.
- Cotes Altes – Technical park of advanced companies.
Area already created where it is intended to promote the location of companies in the technology sector.