Santiago de Chile



Felipe Alessandri


5,560,000 (2016)

Lead Innovation Officer

Pablo Rivadeneira

Innovation is helping to:
  • Improve internal government operations

  • Anticipate and manage future challenges

  • Improve resident outcomes

  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated funding

  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Support from outside city administration

Spotlight on innovation in Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile has embarked on a project to tackle childhood obesity by developing a game that incentivizes fifth and sixth grade students from community schools to engage in healthy practices. Through participating in step challenges, healthy activities that involve the family, and prioritizing healthy snacks, the students earn points for rewards such as improved school infrastructure and educational facilities.

Note: The City Innovation Snapshot (PDF version) was produced in 2019 and some aggregate findings have been updated with the latest survey results below.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Santiago de Chile does not have an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 24% of cities surveyed, Santiago de Chile approaches innovation capacity in specific policy areas/domains.

Policy areas that Santiago de Chile is focused on

Internal processes
Policy areas by number of cities

Innovation skills or roles

Santiago de Chile does not have designated staff or a team exclusively dedicated to the city’s innovation work. Innovation work is sprinkled throughout the municipality.

The city will be creating a sustainability department which will manage mobility, environment, energy, and smart city issues, which will serve as the city’s innovation department.

Innovation roles by number of cities

Terms Santiago de Chile most associates with innovation

Big picture re-thinking

Santiago de Chile's most common innovation activities

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 19% of cities surveyed, Santiago de Chile does not have dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Santiago de Chile has no reported sources of funding.

Activities being funded

Santiago de Chile does not fund any specific activities.

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

How is innovation measured?

Santiago de Chile has developed partnerships to promote its innovation capacity with private firms, and not-for-profit organizations.

The city has also collaborated with Harvard Kennedy School of Government Performance Lab on how to use results-driven contracting strategies in procurement and contracts.

Data availability by policy area


No Response


Waste and sewage



Social inclusion and equity

Public works

Policing and law enforcement

Labour market and skills

Housing and built environment


Environment and climate change


Economic Development

Digital governance