The Center works with local governments to evaluate, improve, and scale their digital practices, policies, and standards, bringing innovative and efficient digital solutions and methods to cities and residents across the globe. 

Innovation Teams

The Center partners with six global cities in five countries to accelerate digital transformation in city government. The program establishes a team of data scientists, digital designers and digital government experts in each city that focuses on solving high-priority issues through government innovation. The three-year grants will help mayors use data and digital technologies to enhance public services and create new value for communities. 

About Innovation Teams

Situated in city hall, i-teams report to the mayor or city manager and work closely with colleagues in city government, offering them a different set of tools and techniques to innovate more effectively. 

Since Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the initial i-teams cohort of five cities in 2011, the program has grown to reach nearly 50 cities, with 125 expert practitioners, across four countries. Mayors have relied on i-teams to tackle their most pressing issues, from transforming aging infrastructure and reimagining public safety to increasing affordable housing and reducing homelessness. Along the way, i-teams have become global leaders in public innovation, sharing their way of working and helping to replicate solutions in cities across the globe. The new cohort of i-teams builds on this program with a focus on digital transformation and innovation in their cities.  

Current Innovation Teams Cities

The following cities are active participants in the i-teams programs. Follow @PublicInno on social media for more updates and highlights from their work to advance digital innovation on the ground. 

  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    Mayor Femke Halsema
  • Bogotá, Colombia
    Mayor Claudia López
  • Mexico City, Mexico
    Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
    Mayor Dagur Eggertsson
  • San Francisco, California
    Mayor London Breed
  • Washington, D.C.
    Mayor Muriel Bowser