How to join

 

If your city is interested in joining the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative please follow the steps listed below:

  • I’m representing a city. How can we join the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative?
    • Any city in the world can join by signing the Letter of Intent. But before you do so, you must team up with at least one other city from your country and join at the same time. You must also prove that you have the capacity to implement the mechanisms, as described in the Background Document. Send and email to info@oascities.org to let us know if you’re considering joining the initiative, or if you have further questions.
  • When can we join?
    • The deadline for expressing interest is 1 November 2017. The launch of the 7th wave will take place at Smart City World Congress in Barcelona, 14-16 November.
  • Who should sign?
    • The actual signatory differs from city to city: some times it is the mayor, the CEO, CIO or CTO, the local head of smart city initiatives, or someone from an innovation unit. In some countries, there is an existing mature national network of cities which can sign on behalf of the others.
  • What do we sign up for?
    • By signing, you declare your explicit intent to implement the mechanisms within one year.
  • Is there a fee?
    • No.
  • Where do the resources to operate the secretariat and activities come from?
    • Frontrunner cities and networks (“Angel City Investors”) know this is an important initiative and have provided personnel and resources to operate the secretariat and activities throughout the startup phase. Let us know if and how you want to contribute.
  • Where can we meet other cities in the initiative?
    • There are meet-up opportunities often co-located with existing national and international events. Follow this website for more information. Feel free to propose a meet-up. If you’re an event organiser, you can host a conference session on Open & Agile Smart Cities. Please send an email to info@oascities.org.
  • How do we link up with other cities in our country?
    • When one or more cities in a new member country want to explore the possibilities of joining the initiative, they should call a meeting among the cities they find relevant and target a common deadline. We can help – just send an email to info@oascities.org.
  • Why can’t we join alone, just one city from our country?
    • The initiative requires at least two cities per country in order to encourage city collaboration on a national level. This strengthens collaboration and development across political, economic and cultural spheres.
  • Can more cities from a country join later?
    • Yes.