103. Being the CTO of the city — transforming cities digitally. w/ Egle Radvile

3 min readMay 25, 2022

In this episode, André was talking to Egle Radvile. Egle is a Digital Futurist Angel, Author of Vilnius Digital Strategy. Egle was in the position of Vilnius City Municipality CTO from 2018 to 2021. Currently, she is the Head of the Lithuanian CIO’s club CIO.LT, Digital Train board & Harvard Digital Program member. Egle has a PhD in Information Engineering and Technology. Recently she graduated from Harvard's Leading Digital Innovator programme.

Main topics covered:

🔎 What are the responsibilities of the city CTO?

📍 What does the city’s digital strategy consist of?

👩🏻‍💻 What changes happened in Vilnius from a technological perspective during Egle’s term of office?

🚀 What can other cities learn from Vilnius?

Time notes:

Introduction of the guest[1:00]

Current political situation’s impact on the daily life [1:30]

Gediminas Legion organisation purpose and founding story [3:00]

Humanitarian and technological help for Ukraine [6:00]

How did Egle develop an interest in technology [8:00]

PhD in technology and lecturing [11:30]

Harvard’s Leading Digital Innovation program [13:00]

The main mission was to create this community of people who can create the future policy of the organization.

You can just sit and listen on zoom, or you can become a part of the future.

European Capital of Innovation — Vilnius

Story of getting into the position of Vilnius CTO [18:00]

It was like being in one place with other IT guys, but not being an IT.

These initiatives were very innovative, and we had to put them into separate departments.

Vilnius Digital Strategy [22:30]


What has changed in Vilnius in practical terms [25:00]

Technology is not about technology. Technology is about humans.

Internet of things policy in Vilnius [28:00]


How is Egle working on Vilnius strategy now [31:00]

How can cities tackle the issue of talent competition? [33:00]

Advanced IT topics on the high school curriculums [37:00]

A different vision of mobility: how does improving schools will have an effect on mobility [39:30]

Training teachers on how to be better managers.

LEUC2022 conference. Vilnius Plan: Mission Data — Practical Vilnius City Innovations [47:00]


My idea is to understand how to change our work so we can elevate the mood and satisfaction of our citizens.

Be sure that you care about the city. The city is not only the municipality. The city is the ecosystem of business, science and happy people.

What is the Lithuanian CIO Club about [56:00]

Being an expert in the Transparency Academy [57:00]

Best practices other European cities can adapt [59:00]

Words of advice for younger self [1:02:30]

Recommendations [1:04:30]

I am always reading articles. I wish everyone, at these running times, to read different trustful articles about art, music, trees, sea, and sport. And then try to connect everything and to create something new.


This podcast was hosted by André Marquet, with research done by Evelina Bogdiun and sound edited by Miguel Sousa.

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