Dubbed Greece’s Gate to the West, Patras is the third biggest city in Greece and the metropolitan centre of the Western Greece Region. A major sea-trade hub with a thriving service sector, three public universities and three research institutions, Patras has all the ingredients to transform its citizens quality of life through industrial modernisation. Hence why, the Municipality of Patras has been collaborating with local authorities and technological bodies over the past year to develop the “Patras - Smart City” Strategic Plan. The aim is to create an open, smart city, digital infrastructure supported by a rich research and innovation ecosystem that takes advantage of the highly competent class of people in the area. Next on the agenda is a roadmap for implementation, with specific time-based goals and funding sources.