Let's build smart cities together
Who are we?
We are a community driving the Smart City movement. Our members come from cities and companies striving towards creating smarter cities. We use this platform to share our experiences and ideas while helping each other develop new ones. Our platform is a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Society. We work with researches and experts in the Smart City field to bring together neutral and quality information to support implementation of Smart City Solutions.
BABLE is an open platform, free to join and use. We operate the platform based on listing fees paid by companies while uploading products and services.
Benefits for Cities
Receive support to tackle your urban challenges, get inspired from others, localize global Smart City Solutions with help of our expert community, promote your local eco-system, and much more...
What are we up to?
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Request for Proposals
We are looking for coorporation with municipalities to scale up our smart city data platform. This platform should be free of charge, independend and transparant.
Soft power comes first
The technological focus of many smart city projects relies on top-down innovations, ignoring the role that citizens can play in improving their local communities. While top-down innovation is important, it often fails to take into account citizen needs and so may not serve their best interests. In many people-centered product presentation citizens perceived as passive consumers of city services and as generators of data. There is remarkable reflection of communications specialist who worked on transport development project: «there is One small issue. We had to tell residents about our plans and their future agreement to all steps was an essential part of it». This is a common story when city governments are aimed to hardware improvement while people simple do not understand what and how to use it. In recent research Gartner advisory firm suggests local government to engage with citizens to find out their needs before investing millions into smart city programs.
Request for Proposals
Join the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge:
The Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge offers an opportunity for start-ups to work together with leading corporates and public organisations to tackle some of London’s most pressing problems.
This is a challenge for start-ups to develop innovative solutions to reduce inequality, prevent climate change and support London’s ageing population.
About the Civic Innovation Challenge
Start-ups will work together with corporates and public organisations to develop and test their solutions, while receiving business support and mentoring.
Successful start-ups will gain:
- a chance to validate and test solutions directly with potential customers and partners, and access to £15,000 for testing
- business support and mentoring from Bethnal Green Ventures, and support from partners
- a valuable opportunity for customer development, with direct access to potential customers
- recognition and media exposure for being part of the Mayor of London’s flagship innovation programme
Applications open on 11 June 2018 and close on Sunday 8 July at 11:59pm.
Request for Proposals
Synchronicity funds Smart City Projects - Open call Kick Off - June 11th
From June 1st you will have the opportunity to prepare for a scale up of your Smart City solution in at least 3 cities. Funding for your project will be 80% up to a maximum depending on the type of organization you represent.
What is SynchroniCity?
SynchroniCity opens up a global IoT market where cities and businesses develop shared digital services to improve the lives of citizens and grow local economies.
Aim of the Open Call
Proving the viability of the SynchroniCity digital single market by demonstrating in this Large Scale Pilot the replicability and scalability of city and citizen-centric IoT enabled solutions from one city to another. It also aims at attracting new cities and other players of this ecosystem to become part of this new marketplace and ensure sustainability.
Who is it for?
* IoT enabled SMEs that have already demonstrated their solution in a relevant environment (TRL ≥ 6). SMEs can apply alone or in a Pilot Group.
* Cities. Cities can only apply in a Pilot Group.
* Large corporates. Large can only apply in a Pilot Group.
Total budget of 3 M€ in funding.
Each application can be funded with: up to 100.000 € if an SME applies alone; up to 200.000 € for Pilot Groups of 2 organisations; up to 300.000 € for Pilot Groups of 3 organisations or more.
Synchronicity open call will co-fund 80% of the total individual budget of each project. The remaining 20% will need to be provided by applicants either as in-kind support or by bringing in funding to the project. Funding to cities and large businesses is limited to 60.000 €.
Note: SMEs, cities and large corporate departments that are not from the EU or H2020 associated countries are welcome to apply but will not be eligible for funding.
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