Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandć and Microsoft Croatia Director Ivan Vidaković have signed an agreement on Wednesday which will see Croatia’s capital take part in Microsoft’s global CityNext project to develop smart cities around the world…
CityNext is an initiative designed to help governments, businesses and citizens reimagine what is next for their cities by combining the power of technology with innovative ideas to help increase efficiencies, reduce costs, foster a more sustainable environment and cultivate communities where people thrive. Microsoft’s CityNext aims to help cities use cloud services and big data to cut costs and improve services.
“Our goal is, like many other capitals of the world, to take advantage of all the great business potential and investment opportunities provided by Zagreb. We want the company to see Zagreb as a good place for business and investment in the region. Progress of a city is only possible with the adoption of modern technologies and that is what we are trying to achieve with this strategic partnership with Microsoft,” said Vidaković, adding that Zagreb joins London and Barcelona in aiming to create one of the most competitive and advanced capital cities in the EU.
Microsoft have already signed CityNext deals with Chinese cities Zhengzhou and Hainan Province, Auckland in New Zealand, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hamburg, Germany; Manchester, England; Moscow, Russia; and Philadelphia in the U.S. (pic: Promo, Microsoft Croatia)