Updated Guide on Open Data Innovation Procurement for Midsized cities | Agoria

Updated Guide on Open Data Innovation Procurement for Midsized cities

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Published on 07/07/21 by Nele Laus
Innovation procurement is an important tool at the disposal of local policymakers. As solutions to some of our most pressing smart cities challenges are often not yet existing (or not yet commercially proven), the public sector needs to invest in innovative ideas still undergoing R&D. This is the key to solving crucial societal challenges in health care, energy efficiency, transport, security, environmental protection, water and waste management and construction.

As both data suppliers and buyers of innovation, cities are ideally positioned as customers for smart products and services. The SCIFI project brought together midsized cities with innovators to pilot and launch new smart public services. 

The Guide on Open Data Innovation Procurement for Municipalities was initially drafted in 2018 by Corvers and Agoria, right after the first SCIFI call has been launched, to help policymakers that grapple with the long-term strategies, the processes, and the economic and legal rationale for pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and for public procurement of innovative solutions (PPI) related to open data. 

In the beginning of 2021, the guide was updated by Corvers And Agoria based upon the experience and lessons learned of the SCIFI Smart City Innovation Framework which piloted solutions through an innovative procurement via an accelerator program. Additional conclusions and recommendations on the outcome of the SCIFI innovation procurement have been made available in this updated guide (see sections 8 and 9).

The SCIFI project (Smart City Innovations Framework Implementation) in the framework of the Interreg 2 seas cooperation programme aims to activate the market for innovative solutions to improve public services through data. Several cities (Saint-Quentin (FR), Bruges and Mechelen (BE) and Delft (NL)) explored common challenges in the fields of mobility, energy and the environment. With the help of business support organisations such as Faubourg Numérique (FR), Agoria (BE), Cambridge Cleantech (UK) and the University of Southampton (UK), innovative procurement methods were explored by collaborating with companies to develop data-based solutions, implement these solutions in living labs, and demonstrate the value of opening up data.

The SCIFI framework will provide the quadruple helix relationships and methodologies for 2 Seas cities to find innovative solutions to urban challenges with a smart data-driven approach. This framework will increase the competitiveness of the 2 Seas Region in terms of urban innovation, boost the innovative sectors of the regional economy and improve the quality of life in 2 Seas cities.

  • Coordinator: Mechelen (BE)
  • Partners: Saint-Quentin (FR), Bruges (BE), Mechelen (BE), Delft (NL), Agoria (BE), Faubourg Numérique (FR), Cambridge Cleantech (UK) and the University of Southampton (UK)
  • When: July 2017 – December 2021

SCIFI website: http://smartcityinnovation.eu/ 

Within SCIFI we are currently creating the SCIFI cookbook aimed at medium-sized cities looking to improve their conditions for innovation. If you want to know more about opening data, interoperability of solutions, co-creation and innovative procurement, register your interest now to receive a FREE copy of the SCIFI cookbook when it becomes available: http://smartcityinnovation.eu/cookbook/ 

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