By Jamie Cudden, Smart City Program Manager www.smartdublin.ie
Following the success of the cycling challenge SmartDublin are launching three new SBIR competitions in partnership with Enterprise Ireland. We are looking for smart and low cost innovative solutions to tackle illegal dumping, to monitor and predict blocked gullies in high risk flooding areas and to design wayfinding solutions in the Dublin region.
Launching the initiative Minister Catherine Byrne said: “I see a great opportunity here for this process to have an impact right across Ireland, allowing the public sector and innovative businesses and entrepreneurs to tackle some of the challenges that affect communities in the areas of illegal dumping and flooding risk. As well as this, helping people of all abilities to get around in an easier way is something I absolutely support and welcome and I look forward to seeing the results in action.”
Successful applicants will be selected by an open competition process run in two phases (feasibility and prototyping). It is open to anyone with an idea or solution, including organisations of all sizes, tech developers, solution/service providers, universities and entrepreneurs. There is up to €600k in funding available.
- Illegal Dumping– Seeking low cost, innovative, technological solutions in the form of products, services or applications to tackle illegal dumping in the Dublin region. Click here for more information.
- Flooding – Seeks low cost, innovative solutions that can monitor and predict blocked gullies in high risk flooding areas of Dublin. Click here for more information.
- Wayfinding-Smart Dublin and the Grangegorman Development Agency are seeking low cost, mobile, smart, innovative, universally designed, indoor and outdoor wayfinding solutions. Click here for more information.
There was a briefing session for all prospective applicants on the 12th May. It provided the opportunity to discuss the requirements of the brief with Enterprise Ireland, Smart Dublin and the Grangegorman Development Agency.