Institutional Pioneers are characterized as city-government-led solutions that leverage significant public resources and financing, for example, deploying technology and infrastructure. However, although the public sector is the actor leading the urban innovation, scope and approach, the success of these projects often strongly relies on the private sector’s technical know-how and innovative capacity to build and implement—and, at times, manage—the solution. Depending on the government-mobilized resources, we can identify two types of Smart Innovation for Institutional Pioneers: Pragmatic and Tech-Driven.
Pragmatic Institutional Pioneers
Pragmatic Institutional Pioneers lead innovative solutions that respond to persistent, citywide challenges by reimagining and repurposing the way public assets are used. Led by public entities and often supported by the private sector, they radically shift ways of living for their city residents by thoroughly reimagining the status quo. Through sheer persistence and a deep commitment to change, these bold solutions apply global best practices and solve unique, citywide challenges by restructuring constrained physical resources in a more socially beneficial way.
Key characteristics of Pragmatic Institutional Pioneers
Tech-Driven Institutional Pioneers
Tech-driven Institutional Pioneers lead innovative solutions through greater and more deliberate use of technology, intending to stay ahead of the curve and increase the city’s capacity to respond to urban problems that can be complex. The defining feature of these solutions is strong interdepartmental collaboration, which helps to promote bold, scalable changes. These shifts are often supported by investment in the right tools to elevate their capacity and efficiency.
Key characteristics of Tech-driven Institutional Pioneers
How to promote Institutional Pioneers?