In an urban setting, innovation involves processes that transform ideas and alternative solutions into practice. The concept of “innovative city”, which is closely related to many areas of urban life and includes the smart city approach, expresses a multi-stakeholder and multi-layered process. According to UN-Habitat's definition, a smart city can guide a better decision-making process on well-being, sustainability, resilience, emergency management, effective and equitable services.
Urban population and environmental problems have led to the emergence of the "smart city", which is an urbanization concept in line with new planning and implementation approaches and technological change. The "smart city" concept adopts the use of information and communication technologies as an innovative approach to improve the quality of urban life and aims to implement sustainable projects and methods in cities.
Innovative city approaches are at a critical and indispensable point in our new relationship with the city, considering the dynamism of life and increasing global uncertainties and crises. Innovative systems such as GSM technology, cloud technologies, e-commerce systems, electronic payment systems, electronic health services, which make the increasing and widespread practice of remote working and access to urban services possible, have started a new era in the integration of technology into urban processes.
The transformations that cities will undergo with the digital revolution and the potential of innovative applications to solve urban problems will be discussed with the "innovative city" axis and solutions will be sought in light of good practices around the world.