Białystok is the largest city in the north-east of Poland, near the border with Belarus. For the surrounding region, the city is an important cultural and academic hub, as well as the economic centre. Historically an industrial city, Białystok has been looking to reinvent itself as a modern city and is leading the way for smart cities in Poland.
In the last ten years, Białystok has been using EU funds to accelerate its transformation into a smart city. Many projects related to smart governance, smart mobility, smart living and smart environment have received financial assistance from the EU, in particular development funding.
Białystok was one of the first Polish smart cities recognised by the 2014 European Smart Cities ranking organised by the University of Vienna. Since then, Białystok has continued developing smart solutions to improve the quality of life of its citizens. In 2019, it hosted the Smart Cities Summit for a second time, under the theme of “happy cities”.
Białystok aims to continues to pursue new opportunities to further strengthen its reputation as an example of a smart city in Poland.