Dublin has all the right ingredients to become one of Europe’s leading Smart Cities. These include leading multinationals, SMEs, research institutions, city and state agencies and citizen/community groups. Many stakeholders in Dublin are committed and excited to support the ambition of ‘Smart Dublin’.
Dublin is developing a Smart District approach with an initial focus on the Docklands as part of the URBACT:SMARTIMPACT project. The re-development of the Docklands represents an opportunity to bring together corporate and public interests under a Smart City umbrella. This will ensure that the city achieves a strong local impact, while also raising its international profile.
There is a strong commitment from the top-level decision makers in the city towards developing sustainable infrastructures integrating emerging technology in the Docklands and to mainstream the smart city approach into the city administration.
With extensive development commencing in this district it is imperative these activities are properly aligned. One of the main outcomes of the Smart District project is the development of an integrated action plan to ensure maximum benefits for both public and private interests.
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, our door is always open.
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 specific area are you interested in collaborating on and why?
- 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 will be expected of the local authorities in terms of engagement and resources?
- What you would be contributing?
- The nature of the engagement and how it would work in practice. e.g. a description/timeline of you 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 sales received pitches from companies just taking a chance and not knowing anything about us or what we are trying to do.
If you are not interested in collaboration – e.g. trialling, piloting, research and development, addressing local authority challenges – but rather you are selling a service/solution let us know please. If there is a challenge or tender for the service/solution you are offering 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 it will be presented to the Smart Dublin Steering Group, which meets once a month, for consideration.
If the proposal is of interest it will then be passed to relevant departments within the local authorities for assessment and to find champion to manage the project. Further information may be sought at this stage. We will aim to get a decision from departments within four weeks.
If the relevant departments are interested in developing a collaboration, depending on the work and resourcing involved, 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.
Smart Dublin is running a series of challenges where we may offer access to:
- Seed funds
- Access to testbed infrastructure
- City expertises