Derry-Londonderry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland. It is the ‘Capital of the North West Crossborder Region’, the largest viable city-region encompassing the Republic of Ireland and the UK. With 34% of its population under the age of 25, it is one of the most youthful city-regions in the European Union.

The city once led the world in the textile industry, but is now repositioning itself as one of the most creative, cultural and innovative areas in Ireland - in life sciences, tourism, engineering, digital and creative industries. Ulster University, with a campus in the city, is ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world and invests €47 million in research and innovation programmes each year. However, the city still faces substantial long-term economic, social and environmental challenges.

Through its digital transformation plan, the city plans to stem the outflow of local talents and graduates, improve transport links to other parts of Ireland while reducing the its carbon footprint, and reduce health inequalities with the rest of the region.

Derry digital transformation strategy

Derry City and Strabane District Council and its partners are seeking to position the city and region as a smart data driven city where data propels changes in citizens’ behaviour through a range of smart city specialisations and new technologies. The aim is to place Derry~Londonderry city and region at the leading edge of urban innovation supporting the development, deployment and commercialisation of smart specialisations and new technologies across a range of sectors and through public service delivery.