Develop your idea for the city as part of OrganiCity

CHANGES TO THE FINAL ROLLING CALL
Good news – you now have more time to prepare your applications for the final rolling call. The deadline for submissions is now November 15th at noon CET.

Timeline for final rolling call
15th Nov at noon CET: Deadline for applications
1st – 7th Dec: Applicants will be notified of rolling call results
5th – 12th Dec: Successful experimenters must sign, complete and return all experiment paperwork
15th Dec – 5th Jan: Experimenters gain access to experimentation facilities (funded)
5th Jan – 27th Feb: Experimentation period

As the previous open calls have been so successful, there is now less budget available for this final rolling call – meaning it’s ideal for smaller experiments that can run within the 2-month experimentation period. If you have plans for experiments that will run over a longer period of time, remember that our next open call (with funding of up to 60,000 €) launches in Spring 2017!



The OrganiCity experimentation platform, tools and urban data streams are ready to host your projects. Your urban experiment can improve the challenges faced by Aarhus, London or Santander; and help test and develop the capabilities of the OrganiCity platform.

OrganiCity is now inviting proposals for experiments to run in our three lead cities. The 2016 rolling open call offers funding of up to 10.000 € to kick start your ideas or projects.

The mission of OrganiCity is to test how the cities of the future could offer a service for experimentation with urban data. This is a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission, we do not have any commercial goals.

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What makes a good experiment?

We’re looking for three characteristics which make a good experiment.

  • Your work must make use of the extensive OrganiCity urban data platform and tools. You don’t need to use every tool, but you must use some and provide us with feedback on what needs improvements. In addition, or alternatively, you may enhance the platform or add a tool. This will help the platform mature to host your and others’ experiments.
  • Your project must include a new idea. This could be a new technology in the city or an old technology in a new context. It might be a new way of understanding or combining datasets, or a way of getting that data into the right hands and generating impact. The possibilities are endless, but you must explain what makes your experiment innovative. Don’t worry, we will keep your intellectual property safe (regardless of the outcome of your proposal) – our goal is to help you in making it happen. We want you to create a positive impact in the city, so we have identified several local challenges (read here about Aarhus Challenges, London Challenges and Santander Challenges), which we hope will inspire your experiment. You can also browse and share ideas in OrganiCity Scenarios and share your own ideas in order to gather feedback or collaborate with others.
  • Co-creation lies at the heart of everything we do in OrganiCity. You must co-create your experiment with citizens or communities, whichever urban stakeholders will use and be affected by your project. You must have a solid plan for involving the people whom your idea most affects, involves or helps. Remember, you can collaborate with your fellow citizens to find communities, coders, makers… whoever you need to make your project a reality.

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How do I apply?

We’ve made the application process as open and transparent as possible. Your first step should be to choose which OrganiCities you wish to work in and what challenge (or challenges) you would like to address with your experiment. Each of our cities has announced local challenges (read them at Aarhus, London, Santander) to help you create impactful ideas, but you may build a case for a different challenge which you have identified.

Explore the OrganiCity Tools and available data streams to understand how these can host and complement your experiment and decide which will be most useful for you – or if you might wish to expand our tools with your own project.

 

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Timeline for final rolling call
15th Nov at noon CET: Deadline for applications
1st – 7th Dec: Applicants will be notified of rolling call results
5th – 12th Dec: Successful experimenters must sign, complete and return all experiment paperwork
15th Dec – 5th Jan: Experimenters gain access to experimentation facilities (funded)
5th Jan – 27th Feb: Experimentation period

If your experiment requires less than 10.000 € in funding, you are eligible for our Rolling Open Call. This means there are three opportunities for funding with deadlines at 12:00 noon (CEST) on June 29th, September 19th, and November 15th 2016.

The experimentation period will start September 2016. Your experiment can last as long or as short as you want between beginning of September 2016 and 27th of February 2017.

The application process is completely online and you can begin you application here. Most major browsers are supported, but Internet Explorer is not recommended. Your application must be in English. You’ll need to write about:

  • Your idea
  • Your plan and milestones
  • The tools you will use
  • Your plan to co-create with citizens,
  • Your team and an outline of your budget

The specific questions are detailed in the Open Call Instructions.

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Where can I find more information?

You can look for answers in the FAQ for experimenters, which will be updated as new questions emerge. We’ve tried to ensure that there are no surprises, but we recommend you to read the full Open Call Instructions before applying.

Should you have any further questions or need assistance, you may email our helpdesk (in English) on helpdesk@organicity.eu. We will also organise local “clinics” (in your local language); open meetings in Aarhus, London and Santander to answer any questions or help with struggles you might have around submitting your proposal, using the tools, or meeting the right people to collaborate with. Please keep an eye on our Twitter and the local Aarhus Facebook, London Facebook and Santander Facebook pages as well as www.organicity.eu.

For your reference, you can find all necessary documents at the following links:

Need a helping hand?

We have a number of ways in which you can obtain support during the open call process. First, you should browse our FAQ. If you can't find your answer there, please submit a request to our helpdesk at helpdesk@organicity.eu or using the link below.