WHAT IS DATACITYl
DataCity is the ultimate response for cities to accelerate innovation through collaboration. DataCity is a global open innovation program that brings together cities, companies, and startups to address together city challenges and develop solutions to build sustainable and efficient cities, using data and technologies. Our motto: smart collaboration for a smart city!
During this phase, we work with the city agencies and our corporate sponsors to define the urban challenges startups will apply to. DataCity’s bottom-up approach to transform local urban issues into concrete challenges to solve is problem-oriented and user-centric, ensuring the relevance of the solutions developed and experimented with alongside startups. We apply strict criteria to select the challenges we will present to the ecosystem:
- Business model: ability to generate value for the city, the startup and the corporate sponsor.
- Open Innovation fit: interest in addressing the challenge through an open innovation program, compared to a traditional approaches.
- Time to market: possibility to test a solution quickly and generate revenues in the coming year.
NUMA team reviews applications, answers questions and provides feedback to help candidates draft the best proposals. To do so, we organize meetups with our corporate sponsors and the city agencies. The meetings represent unique opportunities for startups to present the approach they will develop during the program (if they are selected) to tackle the challenges. We ensure to select the startups providing the best approach to tackle the challenge. The matching between a challenge and a startup is based on the following criteria:
- Quality of the team
- Ability to roll out the proposed service experiment during bootcamps
- Potential to mass-produce the proposed solution
During the experimentation phase, the selected startups, the corporate sponsors and the city agencies working on the challenge work together to develop the Minimal Viable Product to validate the approach chosen to tackle the challenge. NUMA provides its expertise in startup acceleration and its methodologies in user-centric design as well as support from Software Developers, Data Scientists, IoT experts and UX Designers.
Once the experimentation phase is over, we measure the impacts resulting from the developed solutions and share the results during an international DemoDay.