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Smart city challenges - the key for success is skills

Dimitar Hristov

This short article is motivated by the upcoming webinar “Mapping technologies and design thinking for smart cities”, in which the cluster is co-organizer and a value-chain support organization. After an in-depth study under the Skills4Cities project, of recent reports on the problems, constraints, and challenges which the smart city projects face the cluster team identified the main challenges related to the development, management, and implementation of Smart City projects.

Project of creating a cluster's Inno-accelerator

Dimitar Hristov


A cornerstone of the strategy for sustainability of the results of the Horizon 2020-funded project MediaMotorEurope and a real vision for an ongoing partnership with the partners in this project, the Cluster Sofia City of Knowledge envisages the creation of a cluster innovation accelerator.

This short article discusses the model of the accelerator, the reasons, and prerequisites for its creation.

Smart City in need of cybersecurity

Jon Mitxelena, GAIA

Technologies are expected to help citizens make better-informed decisions. But, the adoption of new technologies which are connected to the network, always comes with inherent risks. Moreover, with the increasing risk of cybercrime and data theft, smart cities should be prepared to deal with any potential threat.

Safety and security are two of the main concerns in any city, and with the incorporation of digital technologies, the concern becomes greater.

Mapping smart city projects, an approach for upskilling

Dimitar Hristov

This article is based on a study done so far on the Project Smart Skills for Smarter Cities (Skills4Cities), launched by the Cluster Sofia Knowledge City at the end of 2020 with the support of the Program Erasmus +.

It reflects the work of the partnership till now and is a first attempt to draw some important conclusions the partners came to regarding the so-called skills gaps in the field of smart cities projects.

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