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Get your city involved

City authorities can participate in OrganiCity’s open call in different manners.

You can submit a proposal to experiment by yourself or together with other partners. Specify if you are applying for experimenting with funding, co-funding or without funding. You may want to place your own resources in setting up the OrganiCity server for your city – this will create a base layer for future experimenters.

You can also enable other people and organisations in the city to submit an application. In that case, you don’t need to be included in the application process. You can support them with:

  • guidance to innovate towards the city challenges,
  • hosting a clinic to generate ideas and network (see the guidance below),
  • giving them a letter of support for their application,
  • setting up the OrganiCity server in your city.

More information about the technical process to set up a server can be found here.

Benefits of becoming an OrganiCity

We have created an urban innovation prototype service which supports systematic experimentation in an inclusive manner – bringing together the knowledge of different stakeholders (municipality, service providers, companies, academia, citizens, etc).

The service incorporates a framework of tested experimentation management, data discovery, a technical environment, inclusive co-creation, engagement, legal and ethics.

It serves as a resilient form of pre-commercial experimentation: allowing to shape products and services which fit the needs of cities.

The service framework empowers people to be active in the development of solutions to tackle their local issues.

OrganiCities use interoperable standards which allow experimental solutions to scale beyond one city and to help avoiding vendor lock-in.

We embody an open and connected culture to enable learnings to flow from city to city, from one experiment to the next.

OrganiCity focuses on making interoperable and homogeneous the near real-time data from different sources and different readiness levels – this is crucial to deal with the evolving state of Internet of Things and in order to expand the practice of experimentation at scale.

OrganiCity offers a best-practice approach to bridging the gaps between authorities, citizens and developers in the digital transformation of cities.

Eligible countries

The list of countries from which individuals, experiment groups, associations, organisations or businesses legally registered may apply.

EU Member States

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Horizon 2020 Associated Countries

Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia.

Overseas Countries and Territories linked to Member States

Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Greenland, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Marten), New Caledonia, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Barthélémy, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Wallis and Futuna.

Automatically Eligible Non-EU Applicants

Afghanistan, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic People’s Republic), Congo (Republic), Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Hosting a Clinic – an event to gather and guide potential experimenters

If you are interested in Experimentation as a Service, we encourage you to host an OrganiCity Clinic to encourage citizens and companies in your city to submit applications for experiments. During this process, you will be able to guide experimenters to create value for your city and its citizens.

  • To meet people from your region who are interested in Internet of Things, Open Data, Smart City experiments and co-creation.
  • To encourage real use cases for your data store.
  • To foster activities in these areas by giving public administration support.
  • To present the challenges of the city and inspire potential experimenters to work with them.
  • To increase the chances of experiments getting funded by OrganiCity in your city, helping the companies and entrepreneurs of your local area benefiting from funding and support.

To support you in this process we have created the “Guide to host a Clinic”.

Let us know when and where you will be hosting a clinic: we want to spread the word.

 

New OrganiCities Kit

 

Download the New OrganiCities kit

The kit contains:

Documents for city authorities:

Documents to submit an application:

 

Glossary

Experiment: Testing an idea at a small scale through various methods (including data and technology) to tackle a specific urban challenge.

Systematic experimentation: Experimenting in a methodological manner, evaluating the results of each step to inform the development of the next steps or to scale to a different setting.

Smart City: Smart cities incorporate technology, data and devices to improve urban environments and make them a better place.

OrganiCities: Cities that offer OrganiCity’s Experimentation as a Service framework.