Matúš Vallo



Lead Innovation Officer

Petra Dzurovcinova

Innovation is helping to:
  • Improve service delivery

  • Anticipate and manage future challenges

  • Improve internal government operations

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated funding

  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Culture of innovation in city

  • Support from outside city administration

  • Leadership from Mayor

Spotlight on innovation in Bratislava

Mobility is one of the most prioritized policy areas where innovation is applied. Bratislava aims not only to improve the experience of public transport users and pedestrians, but also to offer attractive, safe, inclusive and climate resilient public space throughout the city. Bratislava has introduced a Living Lab where new innovative approaches are tested. One of the pilot projects is aimed at gathering anonymous mobility data and introduce different types of parking sensors to test their effectiveness in the real city environment. In 2019, the city also collaborated with an educational organization, Butterfly Effect, to build a pilot city app that provides citizens with up-to-date information on real-time positions and mobility options.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Bratislava does not have an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to more than half of cities surveyed, Bratislava approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.

Policy areas that Bratislava is focused on

Digital services

Transport/mobility: Bratislava recently passes a new parking policy to rein in the ever-growing number of cars in the city. On one hand, the city wants to offer modern, attractive, safe, inclusive and climate-resilient public space in the city center and other city districts. On the other hand, Bratislava wants to motivate more people to commute using public transport and on foot, whenever possible. The first step is gathering data and trying to understanding people's movement and flow in/out and within the city. Secondly, Bratislava also wants to provide better information about mobility options through their pilot mobility app.

Policy areas by number of cities

Bratislava utilizes 2 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Communication officer
Innovation roles by number of cities

As an independent department, Bratislava’s dedicated innovation team consists of 3 staff and 10 expert volunteers from the various field of IT, product design, and market research.

Terms Bratislava most associates with innovation

Technological innovation
Human-centered design

Bratislava's most common innovation activities

Developing new solutions based on digital technologies
e.g. use of drones or smart sensors
Engaging residents in new ways
Human-centered design
e.g. prioritizing the end-user at each stage of the design process
Facilitating organizational change within the municipality
e.g. silo-busting; new internal performance management; staff training and capacity building on innovation tools or techniques; reforms to contracting or procurement
Taking risks and testing new ideas
e.g. prototyping new programs or models to address a persistent city challenge
  1. 1

    Taking risks or testing new ideas

  2. 2

    Data-driven analytics/public data management

  3. 3

    Engaging residents in new ways

  4. 4

    Developing new solutions based on digital technologies

  5. 5

    Organizational change within the municipality

  6. 6

    Human-centered design

  7. 7

    Rethinking your city’s approach to financing partnerships

How is innovation funded here?

Like 81% of cities surveyed, Bratislava has dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

International/multilateral institution budget
International/multilateral institution budget
This refers to resources from international and/or multilateral institutions’ budgets (i.e. European Union)
Central/federal/national government budget
Central/federal/national government budget
This refers to funding in the form of budget support to city authorities. Example: Stockholm (Sweden) launched the Hub for Innovation, a three-year long project funded by Sweden's National Innovation Authority, Vinnova in 2017. The hub supports a more innovative working culture within the city hall.
Municipal budget
Municipal budget
This could include, for instance, City Council approved funds; operating budget; a special funding process (bond, Mayoral special initiative funding, etc.); and participatory budgeting / citizen-selected budgeting.
Non-financial resources
Non-financial resources
This could include staff on loan and/or other in-kind contributions (e.g. materials, infrastructure…)

Activities being funded

Investing in digital systems
Paying for services
47 cities
Launching or sustaining a project
79 cities
Idea generation & brainstorming
51 cities
Investing in digital systems
36 cities
Investing in physical infrastructure
30 cities
Paying for services

*"Training staff and building capacity" is not an option in the 2018 survey, while "Launching or sustaining a project" is not an option in the 2020 survey.

How is innovation measured?

Bratislava has developed partnerships to promote innovation capacity with other public agencies, private firms, not-for-profit organizations, and city residents/resident associations.

To improve data use, the city is also trying to build partnerships to share data.

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data


Waste and sewage

Social inclusion and equity

Public works

Policing and law enforcement

Land use

Labour market and skills



Government finance

Environment and climate change


Built environment

Insufficient data


Economic Development


Digital governance


Social welfare/social services