Making life better for people

The Barcelona Digital City 2017-2020 plan is the city's roadmap to drive technological sovereignty for citizens. It aims to promote a more pluralistic digital economy and make a new urban innovation model possible based on the transfor-mation and digital innovation of the public sector and the involvement of companies, administrations, the academic world, organizations, communities and people, with a public and citizen-based leadership.

Technology behind social transformation and public innovation.

Towards a more open and efficient city.

The Barcelona Digital City Plan aims to progressively provide all areas of the city with infrastructures, resources, incen-tives and programmes so that each community, neighbourhood and district has access to the resources that allow citizens, of all ages and statuses, to use technology ensuring better public services and a more balanced and sustaina-ble economic and social growth.

Technoglogy for social transformation and public innovation.


1. Agile and digital transformation

Transformation of public administration

The digital transformation of Barcelona City Council's management processes into a more responsive system is a stra-tegic project promoted by the IMI (Municipal Institution of Information Technology), which focuses on the transformation of the public administration to improve management processes and citizen services and make them more efficient.

The project includes establishing open digital service standards and optimising the strategic projects of the current government's mandate, as well as adapting it to the new legal and procedural framework for the digitalisation of the public sector.

It also includes its development to ensure that ICT infrastructures and applications evolve correctly and in this way support every single one of the projects in the Plan.

2.  Data in common

An open, distributed and public data infrastructure

  • This project aims to develop an open, distributed and public infrastructure of city data, at the same time as developing a strategy that involves citizens, companies, communities and the academic world, with a clear policy that promotes democracy.

    The project includes:

    • CityOS: a cross-cutting platform for the management and analysis of the city's data, which will be developed and launched within the framework of this project.

    • Sentilo: city platform of sensors and actuators installed and supported by an active and diverse community that be-lieves in the use of open standards and free software.

    • Ecosystem of open city data: The creation of a group of producers and users of open city data will be promoted to enhance the analysis and use of new sets of data, to create storage infrastructures and support tools, as well as essen-tial services for their interpretation and application, always maximising public and social benefits.

    • DECODE: Barcelona will initiate, as a pilot experience, a distributed and open infrastructure for the management on the internet of citizens' identity data, allowing them to manage access to this information, in a granular and flexible way, by third parties.

Technology for a participatory, collaborative and transparent city.

1. Empowering citizens

Digital tools for participation and discussion on a large scale.

Barcelona aims to encourage the use of technology to facilitate an active democracy; developing and standardising new models of participation in digital environments (open, secure and free), which promote a participatory democracy and collaboration. This means encouraging other forms of management that place citizens, co-responsibility and co-production of policies in the limelight, among experts, politicians and citizens.

The purpose of this project is to research and develop new operational models at all levels and to innovate in proce-dures, tools, devices and mechanisms of participation in the city.

Turning citizens into active social transformation agents requires training and continuous training in the most advanced technologies, enabling them to synchronise with the real world and with the values and commitment that this new model of governance provides.

2. Education, knowledge and training 

Cross-cutting skills and competences for life and for professions of the 21st century

The idea behind this project is to promote amongst young boys and girls and adults the development of cross-cutting competences and skills necessary to synchronise with the real world, which is continually changing, driven by the expo-nential development of technology.

The project includes:

  • Technologies for revealing the future: strengthen the central and active role of boys and girls by fostering the pleasure of learning, at the same time as stimulating their unique interests and skills.
  • Technology for women: implement programmes, skills and resources for girls and women, so as to correct the gender imbalance and promote equal opportunities.
  • Technology for inclusion: scalable pilot experiences to demonstrate the possibilities of creating quality jobs for young people with limited resources.
  • Cibernàrium antennas: as an element of digital inclusion for older people and training projects for professional retrain-ing.
  • Technology for training and empowering teachers: ad hoc programmes that allow all of the possibilities that technology offers for transforming the classroom to be researched, created and shared.

Bringing emerging technologies closer to citizens contributes to the empowerment of citizens, in line with developments, to promote a modern, conscious, active and participatory society.

3. Technological sovereignty and digital rights

Increase digital sovereignty

Technology has invaded our lives but even so far too often there is a significant part of society that is unaware of its potential and that does not know it rights and freedoms in this area. This government wishes to increase the digital sovereignty of Barcelona's citizens, not only by giving them technology training but also by providing them with the tools and arguments that allow them to fully exercise their freedom and digital rights.

To increase the technological sovereignty of governments and citizens a debate must be encouraged on the use of technology in the city and a framework created in which agents of the academic, economic and social world, as well as society in general, has the chance to discuss and put forward suggestions for the city's technology strategy. The aim is to, in this way, drive the creation of open spaces for debate, specific forums, work groups and conferences.

Technology for a new, more sustainable and efficient urban model.

1. A new, more sustainable and efficient urban model. 

Share and provide collective access to resources through democratic governance 

Barcelona aims to promote the improvement of public services, with actions that cover, according to sustainability crite-ria, the most urgent problems of the urban environment: waste management, energy, mobility, housing, the battle against social exclusion and population ageing, in order to guarantee a better and more equal quality of life.

Barcelona, in this regard, is developing projects on subjects such as the use of technology to improve and make the resources in our environment more efficient (environment, sustainability and town planning, among others).

2. Digital infrastructures to transform the city. Reduce the digital divide

This line of action includes the development of digital city infrastructures and actions aimed at reducing the digital divide in the different neighbourhoods, as well as promoting research and innovation in the urban environment.

• The digital divide: Guarantee that access to services and solutions on the internet are effective and balanced through-out the territory. To do so, collaborations with third sector companies will be created to reduce the digital divide, through programmes on digital inclusion and specific projects designed for those most vulnerable. A major objective is to make sure that not one person remains unconnected due to a lack of economic resources

• Digital city platforms: During this mandate Sentilo will be relaunched, a city platform for the management of sensors and actuators (IoT - Internet of Things), encouraging its uptake by other Catalan cities, the state and the whole world. Its functions will be expanded, thanks to the development of modules by third parties and integration with Barcelona's ICT Urban Platform.

3. Poblenou District Maker: FEM BARRI

Bring the Maker technology invention and innovation culture closer

FEM BARRI in Poblenou (District Maker) is an initiative that aims to facilitate the development of a series of activities, events, workshops and projects, which promote interaction between the local community and citizen initiatives on a small scale, connected in turn to the global community. This interaction will allow society to experience the culture of technology invention and innovation, Maker, by participating in an active way in the prototyping and testing of products, services and interventions created by this movement. 


Technology to promote invention, entrepreneurship and social innovation.

1. Innovative public purchasing

A more efficient, transparent and strategic use of public spending

With the aim of promoting an administration that makes a more efficient, transparent and strategic use of public spend-ing, Barcelona City Council will provide SMEs and Cooperatives with access to public purchasing. In this way, innova-tion will be promoted within the administration at the same time as within the business fabric, always at the service of social and environmental transformation. The intention is to improve the offer and quality of public services so as to better respond to the needs of citizens. The project also aims to align with and benefit from new trends, mechanisms and instruments for open public procurement, promoted by Barcelona City Council.

• Introduction of innovation clauses in public tenders: Revision of the public procurement standards for innovative tech-nology. Municipal user guides.

• Use of open and innovative public purchasing: The city council will allocate a budget of 10M € (up to 2020) for the definition and coordination of a municipal strategy to promote the use of the Public Purchasing of Innovation.

2. DSI4BCN: Barcelona network for digital social innovation and cooperative platforms

Promote their growth and expansion

The DSI4BCN network aims to provide support and drive the growth and expansion on a wide scale of the current Digi-tal Social Innovation Network for projects and organisations in the city. This network brings together social entrepre-neurs, hackers, communities and academics who work in key DSI areas, such as the Maker movement, collaborative economy, open democracy and citizen participation and digital rights, following the EU model:

In this context, the aim is to promote cross-cutting development and coordination with city districts, based on the specific experience of the Ateneus de Fabricació network, a strategic project of citizen participation, which develops bottom up and is based on the precepts of social innovation and the Cooperative, Social and Solidarity-based Economy (ECSS).


  • Data Driven Cities - ESADE

    On November 25th, we'll debate about data for citizens. With Gerardo Pissarello, Geoff Mulgan, Francesca Bria, Esteve Almirall and Gavin Starks. @BCN_Digital



  • Digital Social Innovation/ Makers District - Poblenou

    On 15th December come and discover the DSI4BCN & Poblenou Maker District: Fem Barri. A project to support, grow and coordinate the Social Innnovation Digital Grid for projects and organizations in the city. @BCN_Digital