The Digital Cities Action Line 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, fire guards, hospitals, citizens) will have to find new ways of working through a collaborative and interactive change process.
Organisations 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 organisations 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 organisations and will interview different stakeholders. The end goal is to provide scenarios and solutions that address the 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 organisations operate and collaborate.
The final solutions to the identiified challenges will be presented as proposals for experiments that could be conducted by the involved organisations. As such students will not pitch a business venture, but a more strategic plan for applying digital transformation in a chosen organisation.
After the summer school, a speed-dating event will be organised with all participating organisations and students that aims to ensure that collaboration between them will continue also after the completion of the summer school.
The Summer School is open to young professionals as well as Bachelor or Master students, who want to deep-dive in emerging digital technologies and learn how to turn these technologies into business. This will enable them to become innovators in the field of digital transformation, managing innovation activities in their own startup companies or large enterprises as designers, developers and founders.
As the 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.
The Summer School takes place at the Campus of School of Economics and Business (SEB LU), the scientific and technical center of the University of Ljuibljana, Slovenia. The SEB LU is both a national leader and an internationally recognised academic and research institution in the fields of business and economics.
This was one of the first universities of excellence in Slovenia and is one of the top universities in Europe. The SEB LU has become the first and only Triple Crown School in the broader region to have been awarded the – EQUIS , AACSB and AMBA international accreditations. This achievement ranks the SEB LU among the top 1% of business and economic schools in the world. The SEB LU has been featured in the Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings 2021 , becoming the first business school from Slovenia on this list. Also the SEB LU “International Master in Business and Organisation” (IMB) programme features in The Financial Times’ 2021 ranking of the world’s best “Master in Management” programmes.
The city center of Ljubljana can be reached within 5 minutes via the bus line or 10 min walking. Together with the EIT students, we want to experience Ljubljana and Slovenia with its great variety of cultural, sports, and social activities. During the social activities in the programme, the students will experience the local culture and cuisine and visit one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and the largest.
Accommodation is available at the DDB Hostel, located 5-minute walk from the location of summer school.
Local school organisers will provide you with all support and info you may need.