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DataCity: an open innovation programme for creating a sustainable, creative and connected city


The start-up incubator NUMA and the city of Paris have launched DataCity, an open innovation programme that aims to test new urban solutions to meet the challenges of the modern city through the use of its data. Until 31 January, start-ups, SMEs, associations, students and self-employed workers are invited to submit their ideas as part of a call for proposals. At the programme’s core is the opportunity to test projects under real conditions in the heart of Paris.

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Inventing the city of tomorrow

Such is the challenge launched by NUMA and the city of Paris, with the support of the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance and in collaboration with private sector partners (VINCI Energies, SUEZ, Setec, Nexity, Cisco), who are convinced that a global approach to exploiting data will lead to innovative, sustainable solutions. This programme, designed as an accelerator for experimentation, will give the five winners of the call for proposals the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of numerous players (data analysts, developers, designers and graphic artists) through two weeks of rapid incubation in the form of a boot camp and from access to partners’ data resources in order to make their project a reality. The winners will be announced in early February. Participants have until 31 January to submit their ideas relating to four major fields:
– energy
– mobility
– urban planning and public spaces
– environment and cleanliness

In particular, their solutions must contribute to changing behaviour in terms of energy consumption, raise residents’ awareness of air quality or even make the city a nicer place to live by improving revegetation measures and waste management. The challenges set by the DataCity programme can be viewed here.

Take a look at DataCity’s video

Credit: NUMA

Paris: a testing ground

Over the two-week “acceleration” phase, the five winning projects will be tested under real conditions in Paris’s Place de la Nation, a number of Parisian district town halls and in the Stade de France. We will have to wait until the Demo Day in April, an event bringing together the project leaders and the programme’s partners, to find out if this innovative co-development method will lead to new, powerful solutions and services for the city of tomorrow.
To be continued…

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– the call for proposals:
– the challenges:
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