How can we make Dublin Smarter?

Our bottom up approach defines Smart Dublin. We ran workshops with over 100 operational staff across Dublin’s 4 Local Authorities to define Smart Dublin’s challenges.


Smart Economy

Smart Economy

Working together to transform challenges into opportunities for innovation.

Smart Dublin will launch a series of open call outs for new solutions to identified city region challenges with lower entry barriers for small businesses and start-ups.

  • How can we use smart technologies to improve city liveability and competitiveness?
  • How can we  innovate in procurement, taking a challenge based approach to procurement to deliver better quality outcomes for the city?
  • Positioning Dublin as the place to pilot and scale new smart city technology opportunities.


Smart Government

Smart Government

Promoting transparency, evidence based decision making and better service delivery

Local government must be responsive to Dubliners needs, engaging and enabling active and connected citizens through better online services and open governance.

  • How to access more timely and accurate information to better manage our city?
  • How can Dublin open up more public information and build an open data culture and encourage information sharing in the public sector?
  • How do we deliver relevant information to citizens in real time?
Smart Mobility

Smart Mobility

Promoting intelligent, efficient and integrated transport systems

Intelligent transport solutions seek to optimise movement around the region, providing safe, accessible and integrated public transport and active travel choices.

  • How can we better manage pedestrian, cycle and vehicular flows and reduce congestion?
  • How to encourage more people to walk or get on their bikes?
  • How can we better understand how people move around the city region?
Smart Environment

Smart Environment

Promoting sustainability, energy efficiency and building climate resilience

Digital and sensor technologies can reduce energy demand and provide real time information to monitor environmental quality and respond quickly to pollution or emergency incidents

  • How to improve the safety and cleanliness of our streets and open spaces?
  • How can Dublin better predict and respond to flooding?
  • Reduce energy use and build long term sustainability and resilience to climate change.
Smart Living

Smart Living

Promoting a healthy environment and good quality of life

Digital technology and mobile applications can improve information flows between the city and the citizen, engage local residents to improve their environment and inform healthy choices.

  • How can collaborative technologies help bring communities together?
  • How to create an accessible region for all?
  • How to help older people live independently for longer?
  • How to improve citizen wellbeing?
Smart People

Smart People

Promoting participation, engagement and inclusion for all Dubliners

Digital technology, apps and social media can help overcome barriers to participation and improve communication between the city region and disconnected citizens.

  • How can local government use technology to engage better with Dubliners?
  • How can people get more people involved in improving their city and services?
  • How to bridge the digital divide.

Smart Challenges


Illegal Dumping Challenge

Seeking low cost, innovative, technological solutions in the form of products, services or applications to tackle illegal dumping in the Dublin region.

Illegal Dumping Challenge

Seeking low cost, innovative, technological solutions in the form of products, services or applications to tackle illegal dumping in the Dublin region.


Flooding Challenge


Wayfinding Challenge

Coca Cola Zero Dublinbikes

Smart Dublin Cycle Challenge


Get involved

We believe that collaboration is the best approach to find innovative solutions to Dublin’s challenges. If you are working on a smart city solution and would like to test it in Dublin, we would like to hear from you.

Our Engagement Process

We would love to hear your smart city ideas.

Since our launch, we have received numerous contacts from start-ups and companies that would like to work with us. To help facilitate this we have developed a simple engagement process to help evaluate proposals and give everyone the same opportunity to engage with us.


To start with, we would like you to email us some information we can use to evaluate if your product of service is something that can be of interest for our partners. Please, don’t email a sales pitch or try to set up a meeting to do one. They simply are not useful to us.

Here is what we need:

  • Name of company and contact details
  • What area/s are you interested in collaborating?
  • What will the benefits be to the Smart Dublin partner local authorities? e.g. will your product solve a problem, increase efficiency,  enhance a current service?
  • What would be expected of the local authorities in terms of staff engagement and other resources?
  • What you would be contributing?
  • The nature of the collaboration (e.g. trialling, piloting, research and development) and how it would be implemented                        (e.g. a description/timeline of your product trial)

If you have examples from previous trials or implementations, please include them.

Please take some time to go through our website and understand Smart Dublin. It seems very intuitive but we have  received sales  pitches from companies that knew little about us or what we are trying to do.

If your main interest is not collaboration but rather you are selling a service/solution let me know please. If there is a challenge or tender for the service/solution you are offering, aligned research, or we are hosting a relevant showcase event, then we will contact you with details.

After we receive your information the Smart Dublin team will assess your proposal and call a meeting with you if needed. If the proposal is successful we will present it to the Smart Dublin Steering Group for consideration.

If the proposal is of interest it will be passed to relevant departments within the local authorities for assessment and to find champion to manage the project. We will aim to get a decision from departments within four weeks.

If the relevant departments are interested in developing a collaboration  the proposal may be passed on to the legal and other relevant departments.

Once everything is agreed, then it will progress to a recommendation for collaboration, which will be  sent to the local authority CEOs for final sign-off.

All proposals will be logged and their progress tracked by the Smart Dublin team and published in the Smart Dublin website.

Once a quarter we will host a Meet Smart Dublin event, a session where prospective collaborators can meet staff to share information, ask questions, pitch ideas, etc.  These will be advertised through the website and mailing list.

Enter Challenge

Smart Dublin is running a series of challenges where we may offer access to:

  • Seed funds
  • Access to testbed infrastructure
  • City expertises


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Smart Stories

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