Can you make our city smarter?


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Cars, fridges, cameras, smartphones, parking lots, heating systems and even running shoes... Imagine a city where everything around us talks to each other and to us. Bicycle paths light up as cyclists approach. Cameras detect accidents and contact both the authorities and the nearest citizen with a first aid degree. Our car asks for the closest parking spot or tells our apartment to start heating up when we're heading home. The possibilities are simply endless. iCity is looking for bright ideas to make cities smarter.

We believe in cities that provide a more social, comfortable and sustainable way of living. The iCity Tender is challenging SME entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop innovative products and services that use the power of the community and increase the quality of life. We are looking to fund business models that connect people with each other and with their surroundings. Our living-lab to 'test drive' these products and services is the smart city Strijp-S in Eindhoven. This area functions as a launch market where ideas can be developed into solutions that can be scaled and replicated in other smart cities.
The Smart Vision of Strijp-S is attached to this page.

Quality of Life Model source University of Toronto's Quality of Life Research Unit Quality of Life Model source University of Toronto's Quality of Life Research Unit

Map of the smart city Strijp-S Strijp-S is a former Philips industrial plant. The area covers 67 acres. The Eindhoven municipality and VolkerWessels have been redeveloping the area since 2002, with the goal of creating a highly dynamic urban environment.

Our smart city consists of three layers. The 'cloud layer' houses all data and online traffic. Analysis, communication and content development all take place in this layer. Next is the 'liveable layer': the tangible part of the city. The streets we walk in and the doorknobs in our hands. Finally, there is the 'infrastructure layer': roads, railways, pipes and optical fibre cables. The interaction between these layers makes the city smart. The layers communicate with each other and work together, thus creating crossovers and integrations. The result? A more efficient and sustainable city with opportunities for innovative business models.

Image courtesy © 2013 Lorna Goulden Image courtesy © 2013 Lorna Goulden

The iCity Tender exists of two rounds. During the first round multiple teams will have the opportunity to develop their proposal into a concept or prototype. The maximum budget during this round is € 5K ex. VAT for every team. During the second round the best team receives a budget of maximum € 20K ex. VAT to develop their proposed concept or prototype into a ready to use product.

Request for funding must meet a number of requirements. Products and/or services must fall within at least one of the themes: safety and comfort, mobility and energy, or fun and entertainment. These themes are described in the Smart Vision of Strijp-S which is attached to this page. Besides the formal requirements, products and/or services must also meet a number of additional requirements.
Products and/or services must:

be innovative (factor 10%)

We are searching for innovative products, services and crossovers. The used techniques does not have to be completely new.

improve the quality of life (factor 20%)

We are not aiming for technological gimmicks. Therefore new products and/or services have to add extra value to the end-user. This value can be added directly (e.g. products/services which can be used directly by end-users), but also indirectly (e.g. improvement of the quality of the environment in which the end-user lives).

be developed within the described Smart City layers (factor 10%)

Our smart city consists of three layers. The 'cloud layer' houses all data and online traffic. Analysis, communication and content development all take place in this layer. Next is the 'liveable layer': the tangible part of the city. The streets we walk in and the doorknobs in our hands. Finally, there is the 'infrastructure layer': roads, railways, pipes and optical fibre cables.  The interaction between these layers makes the city smart. New products and/or services need to be developed within these layers. They also need to stimulate crossovers between these layers.

have an influence on the public space (factor 5%)

It is important that everybody can benefit from the services and/or products. Therefore products and/or services need to be developed within the public domain.

be generic and replicable (factor 20%)

To make sure products and/or services can be used by other cities as well it is important that products and/or services are generic. This means that solutions are not Strijp-S specific. It should be easy to adjust and replicate the proposed products and/or services.

be scalable (factor 10%)

This means that the market in which the products and/or services will be developed has a high potential for growth.

increase employment within the area Strijp-S (factor 5%)

New products and/or services need to increase employment within the area in which they will be developed. Therefore it is important that locals are involved in the process. Not only during the development in Strijp-S, but also during the development process in other cities.

have a solid business model which is based on competitive prices (factor 20%)

It is important that the proposed solutions have a solid and transparent business model. We are not aiming to stimulate businesses which can only exist with the financial help of third parties. We are aiming to stimulate future proof businesses. It is important that proposed costs are based on competitive prices. It is also important that products and/or services will be developed within the proposed budget.


Requests for the first round may be submitted until the 1st of October. Our committee will provide feedback before the 4th of October. The launch event will take place on the 6th of October.

Want to join? Please fill in the form on this page, and enter the pre-competition. After we received your summary you will receive a template which can be used to complete your registration. We look forward to receiving your request!
* Triangulum partners are not able to enter the iCity Tender


01.10.2016

Submission of summary (max. 500 words)

Phase 1

01.10.2016

Submitting phase 1 proposal (iCity Tender Template 8x max. 150 words) which meets the iCity Tender requirements

06.10.2016

Pitch evening: Short presentation on product/service and conceptual business case based on pre-research (costs, team, planning, communication/promotion, market value) (5 min)

06.10.2016

Jury decides for Phase 1, which projects will get a purchase order of €5000
Expected output of phase 1 (delivery 01.01.2017)

  • First results proof of concept or prototype
  • Business case based on first results
    (costs, team, planning, communication/promotion, market value)
  • Short presentation (10 min)


Do you want to participate, or do you want to know how Strijp-S looks like in the future? Subscribe now for the 2nd iCity Event!

Phase 2

01.02.2017

Submitting phase 2 proposal which meets the iCity Tender requirements

23.02.2017

Jury decides for Phase 2, which projects will get a purchase order of €20.000 Expected output of phase 2 (delivery 01.10.2017)

  • Final results proof of concept or prototype
  • Business plan outline based on final results
    (costs, team, planning, communication/promotion, market value, next steps)
  • Final presentation (6 min pitch and 6 min questions)



Opening subscription

1st of June 2016

Launch event
start first round

6th of October 2016

Midterm event
start second round

23rd of february 2017


Final event

October 2017
Image courtesy © 2014 Lorna Goulden Image courtesy © 2014 Lorna Goulden

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