Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland launch €100k Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Challenge
As part of the Smart Dublin initiative, the 4 Dublin local authorities and Enterprise Ireland launched the €100k Small Business Innovation Research Challenge (SBIR) in City Hall today. In line with a push towards a healthier, more liveable city, Dublin is seeking smart, innovative and low cost solutions to increase the number of people cycling in Dublin.
The SBIR challenge is a joint initiative between Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland and was open for applications until 3rd May 2016. Successful applicants were selected by an open competition process run in two phases. The competition was open to any organisation, developers of ICT and software solution providers, universities and service providers.
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Sarah Scannell, recently appointed Cycling and Walking Promotion Officer, Dublin City Council, said: “We want to increase cycling in Dublin, both across the Dublin Region and in the City Centre with a target for a quarter of all trips in the city centre to be taken by bike . Achieving this objective will require major investment in cycling infrastructure, increased promotion of cycling as an option, supportive policy decision making, and a step change in attitudes to cycling in our city. There are a number of short term improvements possible through the application of smart, low cost innovative technologies. The SBIR challenge will allow us to provide seed funding for companies and individuals to develop innovative and data driven proposals to accomplish this goal.”
The SBIR challenge sought proposals which advance the use of existing cycling data; create new cycling data to enhance understanding of cycling issues; and develop methods to improve cycling safety and reduce bicycle theft in the city.
Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland, said: ““A key priority for Enterprise Ireland is to increase the level of innovation in businesses and the commercialisation of research in Ireland. We are delighted to support the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Challenge which will encourage the development of new and innovative solutions to increase the level of journeys taken by bicycle in Dublin and I would encourage entrepreneurs, developers and researchers who have solutions in this space to take up the challenge and enter the competition.”
David Timoney, Dublin Cycling Campaign, said: “Dublin Cycling is supporting the SBIR challenge and encourages all companies with smart ideas to get involved in this competition. We would like to see innovative solutions developed that gather better cycle behaviour data which will allow for evidenced based decisions on cycling infrastructure. Hopefully these solutions can tackle the various barriers to increased cycling including bike security, inadequate private and public bike parking, perception of bad weather and perception of safety.”