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Visit from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

On October 29-30, 2018, the Cluster Sofia City of Knowledge hosted a delegation from the city of Istanbul. The purpose of this visit was, the members of the delegation to be introduced to the objectives and the way the cluster and its members work, to study the progress of the city in the process of digital transformation and to sign a co-operation agreement. The delegation was led by Muhammed Alyuruk - Managing Director of ISBAK Istanbul and together with him were Dr. Fatih GÜNDOĞAN from IT Smart City Technologies Inc. and prof. Yilmaz Cakir, Head of BAŞAKŞEHİR LIVING LAB.

New proposals from the cluster members

Quite often the members and experts of the Cluster Sofia Knowledge City come up with various proposals and ideas for projects that not only are feasible and realistic but can also provide a significant social impact on the city and its citizens and guests.

In July 2018, the following new ideas were prepared and presented to the municipal management, related to important areas for the municipality, such as cybersecurity, healthcare, and ecology.

They were as follows:

Sofia participates in the Digital Cities Challenge

As a national leader in the ICT sector, Sofia has ambitions to become a leading European city in terms of ICT business and creative and recreational industries.

The fact is that ICT is the fastest growing industry in the city with a growth of 21.8% in 2016 compared to 2012. The city council has declared that it will formulate a well-coordinated smart city concept and contribute to including all stakeholders in the city transformation process. With this commitment, the city of Sofia joined in early 2018 in the European Commission's programme Digital Cities Challenge, which started at the end of 2017 and will continue until June 2019.

Work meetings of Cluster Sofia Knowledge City in the United Kingdom

In the implementation of the Cluster Sofia Knowledge City’s goals for organizational capacity building, internationalization, and for the creation of successful international partnerships, several working visits were organized in leading cluster organizations, research institutes, accelerators, non-governmental organizations and agencies, technology parks, and smart cities organizations in Austria, Slovenia, Italy, and the UK.

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