#SOLUTIONS FOR CITIES

Worldwide cities face similar challenges. This has become even more visible through the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic situation has generated inspiring creativity and solidarity. How can we transfer innovative solutions from the pandemic to the future? How can we promote sustainable urban development for the common good?

To tackle these questions, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community initiated the international, digital ideas competition #SolutionsForCities.

 

CALL FOR SOLUTIONS

The global Call for Solutions is open now! Are you working for a research institute, a city, a startup or are you simply a bright mind that already developed a digital solution? Then check out the challenges cities are facing and submit your digital solution from October 28th to November 9th on http://www.solutionsforcities.de.

 

AREAS OF ACTION

Participating cities search digital solutions for their local challenges in 6 Areas of Action:

 

SCALATHON

Out of all the solutions submitted, the challenge owning cities will then choose their preferred solutions. In a Scalathon, solution providers will be matched with the challenge-owning cities. Within three days, from November 23rd to 25th, you will closely work together with the city, refine your solution, adapt and scale it to the specific local context.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

The following Strategic Criteria for Digital Urban Solutions are the benchmark for the selection of the teams during the scalathon and the selection of the winning teams . The criteria serve as an orientation framework fostering sustainability and the common good.

  • Foster identification with neighbourhoods and strengthen public spaces
  • Contribute to an enhanced quality of life
  • Enhance social cohesion and foster solidarity
  • Start by understanding the needs of people
  • Follow a human-centred approach by developing for and with people
  • Create user friendly and barrier-free solutions in order to foster inclusion
  • Provide tailor-made solutions in response to local needs
  • Embed solutions in existing and/or future urban development processes
  • Promote cross-sectoral approaches in accordance with integrated urban development
  • Follow responsive, sensitive and agile approaches
  • Foster digital capacity development
  • Enhance the municipality's ability to act and reach out to the people
  • Strengthen environmental awareness and empower local bottom-up environmental action
  • Strive for carbon-neutral, resource-friendly and climate-resilient cities
  • Promote urban health
  • Foster and collaborate with the existing digital ecosystem
  • Connect local economic actors and enhance collaboration
  • Consider supply chains and commodity flows on different levels to enhance local provision
  • Follow the standards of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Safeguard cyber security standards and provide urban practitioners guidance on responsible data management
  • Raise general awareness among citizens about the implications of data sharing through online services
  • Build on and refine existing knowledge
  • Prioritise and publish open source codes roles and competencies
  • Prioritise and publish open standards
 

FAQ

Please find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) concerning the international, digital ideas competition #SolutionsForCities below.

Worldwide cities face similar challenges. This has become even more visible through the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The international, digital ideas competition #SolutionsForCities provides a platform to match current urban challenges with creative digital solutions. It promotes sustainable urban development for the common good and supports cities in tackling their challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Call for Solutions will be launched on 28.10.2020 at the Smart Country Convention 2020. Until 09.11.2020, digital solutions can be submitted. In a Scalathon, from 23. – 25.11.2020, solution providers and cities will be matched to form teams. Within a three-day virtual workshop, they will closely work together, refine the digital solution, adapt and scale it to the specific local context. At the beginning of December 2020, the teams will present their final results in an online event.
The participating cities are international and national partner cities of the Division Smart Cities of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. These are Bamberg, Kaiserslautern, Kassel, Süderbrarup and Wolfsburg from Germany, as well as Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore and Kochi from India, Guadalajara from Mexico, Fortaleza from Brazil and Miraflores from Peru.
From 28.10.2020 to 09.11.2020, research institutes, cities, startups or simply bright minds from civil society who have already developed a digital solution are invited to submit their digital solution as an answer to the urban challenges.
A panel of urban development experts, as well as experts from the IT sector and the field of international cooperation evaluate the submitted solutions in an initial selection process. The challenge-owning cities will then choose their preferred solutions from the proposed selection of pre-evaluated submissions.
Submitted solutions in the competition will be evaluated according to the Criteria for Digital Urban Solutions (see above). They represent the benchmark for the selection of the winning teams and serve as an orientation framework fostering sustainability and the common good. Final decisions of winning teams will be made by a high-profile jury, which will be announced soon.
By participating in the #Solutionsforcities competition, you help cities in finding innovative digital solutions to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic and plan for the post-pandemic city. It offers new networking possibilities with cities and opens opportunities for further cooperation in the future. Furthermore, you will gain visibility and recognition in the international Smart City context.
The financing of a possible implementation of selected solutions lies within the competence of the challenge-owning cities and municipalities. In Germany, these are the model projects Smart Cities, which are financially and strategically supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior. Furthermore, the International Smart Cities Network will finance the implementation of one selected digital solution in an international, challenge-owning partner city.
#SolutionsForCities addresses cities and municipalities worldwide which are all currently facing similar challenges. In order to promote networked cooperation and facilitate international exchange, the competition will be held in English.
Your solution will be screened by a panel of urban development specialists, as well as experts from the IT sector and the field of international cooperation. The panel will evaluate the submitted solutions in an initial selection process. The challenge-owning cities will then choose their preferred solutions from the proposed selection of pre-evaluated submissions. If the city chooses you as matching partner, the #SolutionsForCities team will reach out to you via email to explore if a collaboration has potential. If both, you and the city agree to collaborate, you will be invited to participate as a team together with the city in the online Scalathon from November 23rd to 25th. Within this three-day online format, you will closely work together with the city, refine the digital solution, adapt and scale it to the specific local context. As spots are limited we can only guarantee the participation of one solution provider per city challenge in the Scalathon.  

 

CONTACT

International Smart Cities Network

Network Secretariat
solutionsforcities@giz.de

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