On Wednesday 7th November 2018, the kick-off and first consortium meeting was held for the +CityxChange initiative.
Today we kicked off our +CityxChange project in Trondheim, with nearly 90 participants from 32 partners. One of the main targets for the kick-off was to determine how to create open, collaborative and engaging partnerships.
After welcome words by Annemie Wyckmans (+CxC Project Coordinator), Gunnar Bovim (Rector of NTNU), and Morten Wolden (CEO of Trondheim municipality), EU project officer Francesco Liberati and +CxC Project Manager Dirk Ahlers (NTNU) discussed the expectations and ambitions towards the partners, on behalf of the EU Commission and the +CityxChange project.
Lighthouse Cities Trondheim and Limerick, led by coordinators Silja Rønningsen and Mihai Bilauca (pictured above), shared their vision for 2050 and discussed with the partners how to make these a reality using the +CxC project – and, how to actually deliver viable Positive Energy Blocks in the next years. Follower Cities Alba Iulia, Písek, Sestao, Smolyan and Võru (add names), together with WP6 Lead representative Liyana Adjarova of EAP, presented their plans for how to engage with the lighthouse cities and learn as much and as fast as possible, while setting up their own demonstrations. All seven cities and 32 partners are ready to experiment, share, and learn, and co-create the future together.
Follower Cities coordinators Christiana Fica (Alba Iulia), Miloš Prokýšek (Písek), Luiskar Delgado Ortiz (Sestao), Eftima Petkova (Smolyan), and Diana Vene (Voru), together with Work Package Lead EAP, presented how the Follower Cities are ready to engage with the lighthouse cities to learn as much and as fast as possible, while setting up their own demonstrations.
All seven cities and 32 partners are ready to experiment, share, and learn, and co-create the future together.
An excellent first day of the kick-off meeting!