What smart digital solutions would you like to see in your city?

18 March 2020
Gothenburg Smart City Challenge

The citizens of Gothenburg is now able to vote for the innovative proposal they would like to see as the winner of the Gothenburg Smart City Challenge. The competition is a collaboration between the City of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, and it is arranged as a sub-course for third-year students in Industrial Economics.

The Gothenburg Smart City Challenge is being implemented within the framework of the EU project IRIS Smart Cities where different organisations in Gothenburg work together to develop smart solutions that benefit citizens and can be exported to other European cities.

Since the beginning of January, 100 Chalmers students have worked in teams to develop and present ideas to help the City of Gothenburg achieve its goal of becoming a smart and sustainable city. The requirement is that the ideas should be based on open data and digital technology and offer something that is not already existing in Gothenburg.

Valuable input 
“For the City of Gothenburg, it is of great value to get input from these creative students. The city administration has just released geodata as open data, and in this way we get examples and ideas about what the data can be used for and how it can contribute to smart and sustainable solutions for the city. At the same time, we can contribute to the education by sharing our knowledge and attracting interest in the work we do in urban development, so it becomes a win-win situation with great added value,” says Anna Reuter Metelius, project manager for IRIS at the city building office, Gothenburg City.

Test the ideas in reality
The collaboration with the City of Gothenburg is the result of a conversation with Professor Susanne Ollila, who leads Chalmers participation in the IRIS project. We thought it would be a great opportunity for all parties to learn - students get to work with data and digital solutions for the public sector and test their ideas in reality and the city gets a deeper knowledge of how the younger generation thinks, and hopefully also gets new ideas that can develop in the long term,” says Robin Teigland, professor of Management and Digitalization at Chalmers University of Technology and responsible for the course.

Vote for your favourite
The students' proposals will be posted on the City of Gothenburg's urban development web during April and May. From 23 The ideas will be evaluated by a jury from the City of Gothenburg and the public is invited to vote on the proposal that they would prefer to see developed into a real service or product. The winning proposal will be presented in June. 

Facts about IRIS
IRIS is a five-year EU project that started on October 1, 2017. Within the project, new solutions for urban development within the areas in energy, mobility and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) are being tested. Three cities, which are considered to have come a long way in these areas, are selected as so-called "Lighthouse cities" - Utrecht (Netherlands), Nice (France) and Gothenburg.

Four follower cities are also participating: Vaasa (Finland) Alexandroupolis (Greece) Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) and Focsani (Romania). The idea is that the follower cities will learn from and be able to use the solutions that are developed within the Lighthouse cities.

In total, 43 organisations from 9 countries collaborate. Eleven partners participate in Gothenburg: Johanneberg Science Park coordinates the project on behalf of the City of Gothenburg and additional partners are the following: Akademiska HusChalmersHSBIMCGMetryTrivectorTyrénsRiksbyggen och RISE.

Link to IRIS

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För mer information, kontakta:

Eva Edman Pavic, Project Coordinator

+46 721 63 28 64 eva.pavic@johannebergsciencepark.com LinkedIn