Digital Transformation for Organisational Resilience

25 July - 7 August 2021

Ljubljana, Slovenia

The summer school explores the deployment of disruptive IT technologies for information, mobility and safety services in cities and organizations working with cities. Adding IT technologies to existing management approaches will allow new ways of decentralised and collaborative communication and coordination, data and event recording and replay, and post-event analysis.

The design of such a supportive IT structure is typically an example of “digital transformation” where existing organisations (companies, local municipality administrations, police, fireguards, hospitals, citizens) will have to find new ways of working through a collaborative and interactive change process.

Organizations often face challenges related to adaptation to new administrative and operational procedures because of the employment of disruptive IT technology. This becomes even more of a problem when change is continuous and accelerating, as not all organizations are flexible enough to survive in these conditions and often show cultural and organisational inertia. The summer school will teach the participants how to analyse work processes and organisations and how to develop new working methods through an interactive design process using intrapreneurial and participative actions and experiments. The participants will visit the organisations and will interview different stakeholders.

The end goal is to provide scenarios and solutions that address concrete problems of stakeholders, developed with the help of digital technologies. In this view, cities, companies and administrations are seen as enablers, as they provide a common (physical) ground in which other organizations operate and collaborate.

An example of such an environment will be presented to the participants of the summer school. They will work on challenges presented by the digital cities project in one of the largest cities in the country, often described as the ‘Smart Pond’. Several organizations (companies, utilities and other stakeholders) working in different specific fields of the implementation of the digital technologies to improve the resilience of the city, their organizations and test the implementation of solutions to some of the societal challenges impacting the world today.

The final solutions to the presented challenges will be presented as proposals for experiments that could be conducted by the involved organizations. As such students will pitch a strategic plan for applying digital transformation in a chosen organization.

The summer school will be organised by the University of Ljubljana. Cases will be provided by the cities of Ljubljana, and potentially another city in a neighbouring country.

Each programme has a focus on business innovation and entrepreneurship, there is no need to have specific technical backgrounds or any coding knowledge to join our Summer School.

Rafael Muñoz Gómez - "Very glad to have participated in the EIT Digital 2020 Rennes Summer School - Unleashing the power of circular city data. It was a really unique online learning experience. I am very grateful for all the effort made by the people from the University of Rennes 1 and EIT Digital. Special thanks to Alvaro Pina Stranger and all the mentors: Alberto Tejero Lopez, Maud Serpin, Aude Castan, Francois Huber, Serdar DrZero and Véronique TRUB."

Marta Mazzi -"From August 2nd to August 14th I participated to the EIT Digital Summer School in "Healthy Lifestyle and Behavioural Changes" (online edition). It was a pleasure to work on the case study proposed by Lars Mulder regarding childhood obesity together with my teammates Przemysław Lewandowski, Marta Bertran Ferrer, Juba Saadi, Juta Jaama and Juan Álvarez Fernández del Vallado. We worked hard together coming up with a winning solution: Lola the Carmanyola. A smart lunchbox targeted toward children connected to an application to be installed on the parent's smartphone. A big thank you to our mentors and tutors Ákos R. Wetters and Peter Langela which helped and supported us all along our journey."

Vinko Mlačić - "It has been a month since I attended the EIT Digital Summer School hosted by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The theme of the Summer School was "Disrupting Finance with Digital Technologies". We received lectures about the most significant topics in digital finance from industry experts. My team and me had the daunting task of adapting online and mobile banking to the elderly. I would like to thank the coach team (Alessandro T. and Balazs Horvath) that helped us a immensely with the I&E work and for their efforts in keeping the atmosphere light and fun with the social activities. Although the format was remote, the organization of the Summer School did an excellent job at giving us the best possible experience. Furthermore, having an experience of working in a team remotely is definitely a plus in these times. All in all, a great experience. The thing I am the happiest about was the opportunity to meet so many interesting people!"

Léo Vuylsteker - "University of Rennes 1's online Summer School on "Unleashing the Power of Circular City Data" was a great human (and learning) adventure that has now come to an end. Thank you again Université de Rennes 1 and EIT Digital!"

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