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OrganiCity open call for solutions

It is hoped project will unlock the “enormous potential” of urban data in cities and develop solutions to issues ranging from citizen engagement to air quality

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Santander in Spain is one of the cities on which OrganiCity is focusing
Santander in Spain is one of the cities on which OrganiCity is focusing

Future Cities Catapult has launched a €1m open call to solve city challenges in London, Aarhus, and Santander using urban data.


This could be by capturing new data through sensors, using data visualisation, analysing through new algorithms or merging datasets to uncover new information.


Citizens, small businesses, universities and corporations are encouraged to apply for the OrganiCity funding of up to €60,000 per application to create digital solutions to make cities better.


Entrants have 11 weeks to develop their proposals which must explore the use urban data, ranging from temperatures, pollution and traffic levels, to footfall, green space or even Twitter data.


Funded by the European Commission, OrganiCity encourages city leaders and local authorities to create a digital testbed that enables people to experiment in real-life urban settings, expanding beyond their traditional services such as waste collection and road management.


“Now in its third year, OrganiCity has supported 26 experiments and distributed a total of €800,000 on projects ranging from air quality, urban mobility, connecting communities and improving green spaces,” said Martin Brynskov, project coordinator of OrganiCity.


“We’re excited to launch this second open call which will support even more innovative ideas to co-create solutions to city challenges using urban data.”


“Whether you’re a citizen, small business, university or a corporation, if you think you can use data to solve the challenges that cities face then I encourage you to take part in our Open Call,” added Nicola Yates, CEO at Future Cities Catapult.


Deadline for applications is 31 August 2017. To apply, find out more, or to meet potential collaborators, visit


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