Participant Nº: 7 Short name: MCC Country: United Kingdom
Manchester City Council will participate through the Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) which coordinates the Manchester Living Lab and information society initiatives across the Greater Manchester city-region including community-based digital inclusion, next generation access (NGA) broadband and smart energy projects. MDDA focuses on how digital technologies can support economic regeneration, social inclusion, smart energy efficiency and sustainable development. MDDA coordinates the City region Digital Strategy and its plans for developing: “universal, affordable next generation broadband access” which “is essential to connect all residents and businesses of the Manchester City-region to the social, educational, informational and economic opportunities they deserve”. This established the foundation for the creation of a Manchester Digital Strategy with a vision of creating the city-region as “the most advanced „next generation‟ connectivity in the UK, providing a sustainable base for high growth business, innovation, transformational public services and an inclusive knowledge society”.
Manchester is an active member of the Eurocities network and one of the founder members of the Telecities network (1993-), now the Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum (KSF) and first President of Telecities (1994-96). Current priorities include being Chair of the KSF „ICT for Energy Efficiency – ICT4EE‟ Working Group (2008-10), Co-Chair (with the City of Barcelona) of the new KSF Smart Cities Working Group and Lead City for the Green Digital Charter initiative. This work is now being sustained by the MDDA which is currently involved in a range of EU funded projects including through:
- Interreg IIIB: Virtual Environments Planning System (VEPS);
- Interreg IVC: Digital Cities;
- Framework Six (FP6): Intelligent Cities;
- Framework Seven (FP7): Digital Environment Home Energy Management System (DEHEMS), FIREBALL CA;
- Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP): Save Energy, APOLLON, EPIC and Smart Cities through Innovation and People (SMARTIP);
- Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE): Partnership Energy Planning for European Sustainable Energy Communities (PEPESEC).
Manchester also takes the lead within Eurocities on developing the Smart Cities network working in collaboration with the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and was a founder member of ENOLL as part of the first wave of Living Labs.