Glasgow City Council has approved the ‘Digital Glasgow Strategy’, which aims to maximise the benefits from digital technology – the fastest growing sector in the city’s economy.
It also seeks to ensure that digital technology plays a transformative role in how future public services are delivered. Glasgow’s digital tech sector is thought to be vital to the city, as it supports many jobs in other sectors and has great potential to bring benefits to the city’s residents and businesses.
The city is also home to two Innovation Districts – one in the city centre and one in the West End – as well as the Centre for Civic Innovation, based at the Tontine.
Realising Scotland’s Full Potential in a Digital World
Key actions from the Digital Glasgow Strategy have been developed collaboratively with a wide range of partner organisations from the public, private, third and academic sectors.
Strategy actions include
- A proposed new partnership to deliver investment in digital infrastructure and 5G mobile technology
- The roll-out of more than 50,000 iPads to the city’s schoolchildren
- The introduction of more ‘Smart City’ infrastructure such as intelligent street lighting
- A commitment to open data; and new work to identify digital technology skills gaps and the future digital skills needs of Glasgow’s economy
Councillor Angus Millar, Depute City Convener for Economic Growth at Glasgow City Council, said: “We’re living in a time of huge and accelerating technological change, and we need to ensure that Glasgow is ready to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges that the Digital Revolution will bring for our economy and the future of our public services.
“While Glasgow is already recognised as an innovative smart city with a strong and diverse digital tech sector, the Digital Glasgow Strategy and the partnership working across the city that it underpins will help us take the next steps in becoming a digital global leader. And it will guide the city in taking advantage of the opportunities digital technology offers to improve our public services and create inclusive economic growth that people across Glasgow can benefit from.”