Dublin Seeks Smart Solutions to City-Region Challenges with €600k Funding

26th April, 2017

Smart Dublin
Smart Dublin

Three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competitions, with up to €600k in funding, have been launched by Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland.  The announcement was made yesterday, Tuesday, 25th April, at Accenture’s new global multidisciplinary research and incubation hub in Hanover Quay, Dublin 2.  The event was welcomed by Minister for State Catherine Byrne.

The challenges aim to source smart and low cost innovative solutions to tackle illegal dumping, to monitor and predict blocked gullies in high risk flooding areas and to design wayfinding solutions in the Dublin region. The wayfinding challenge is being launched in partnership with the Grangegorman Development Agency.

Successful applicants will be selected by an open competition process run in two phases (feasibility and prototyping). It is open to anyone with an idea or solution, including organisations of all sizes, tech developers, solution and service providers, universities and entrepreneurs. This competition follows on from the success of the SBIR cycle challenge last year which funded €150k of innovation contracts.

Launching the initiative Minister Catherine Byrne said: “I see a great opportunity here for this process to have an impact right across Ireland, allowing the public sector and innovative businesses and entrepreneurs to tackle some of the challenges that affect communities in the areas of illegal dumping and flooding risk. As well as this, helping people of all abilities to get around in an easier way is something I absolutely support and welcome and I look forward to seeing the results in action.”

“The SBIR process allows local authorities to embrace an entrepreneurial approach to solving challenges. This is just the start of a longer term programme for Dublin’s local authorities to embrace Smart technologies as set out in the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs” said Philomena Poole, Chair of Smart Dublin.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland said: “Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Ireland is the national innovative pre-commercial procurement initiative, administered by Enterprise Ireland. Recognised internationally as a proven approach that works for both public bodies and companies, it facilitates SMEs with early stage ideas to access public sector procurement opportunities. This new fund has the potential to create in-demand technologies and innovations which can be adopted quickly to make positive and significant societal impacts.”

The three challenges will be open for applications from 27th April until 12th June at www.etenders.gov.ie . For further information on the challenges visit www.smartdublin.ie


Notes to the Editor

The Challenges

Illegal Dumping- Seeking low cost, innovative, technological solutions in the form of products, services or applications to tackle illegal dumping in the Dublin region.

Simon Brock, Administrative Officer, Waste Management Services, Dublin City Council said about illegal dumping: “The problem of illegal dumping affects the urban, suburban and rural areas of the Dublin region. Finding solutions to this problem will not only improve the appearance and enjoyment of our environment but also reduce the significant costs associated with the removal and disposal of illegally dumped waste.”

Gully monitoring – Seeks low cost, innovative solutions that can monitor and predict blocked gullies in high risk flooding areas of Dublin.

Roy O’Donnell, Gully Manager, Environment and Transportation, Dublin City Council “We, in the Surface Water and Flood Management Division, are delighted to be involved in the launch of this SBIR challenge. It is an exciting time for us in DCC, where in cooperation with innovative companies, we can improve the real time information gathered and target our responses to potential flood events. This will help to, improve the quality of our service delivery and reduce the fear and worry for citizens that have had the misfortune to have suffered at the hands of a flood.”

Wayfinding- Smart Dublin and the Grangegorman Development Agency are seeking low cost, mobile, smart, innovative, universally designed, indoor and outdoor wayfinding solutions.

Robert Moore, Client BIM/Information Manager, Grangegorman Development Agency said  on the wayfinding challenge “We are seeking to find a creative solution to help people of all abilities, find their way seamlessly around the indoor and outdoor areas of the Grangegorman campus. This solution should reflect the open and interconnected nature of the new campus. We were soon joined by Smart Dublin as they could see the wider appeal to a solution to this challenge and how it could be utilised in a broader way across the region. Ultimately we are seeking a revolutionary navigation system for all.”

Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve city challenges and improve city life. www.smartdublin.ie

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Ireland is the national innovation pre-commercial procurement initiative administered by Enterprise Ireland. Its aim is to drive innovation across all sections of the Irish public sector via robust engagement with technology rich companies and organisations, through competitive challenges. EI has established a one million euro fund to co-support worthy competitive challenges in partnership with Irish contracting authorities.

Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) is a statutory agency established in 2006 by the Irish Government under the Grangegorman Development Agency Act 2005 to redevelop the former St. Brendan’s Hospital grounds in Dublin City Centre. Its core stakeholders are the Health Service Executive, Dublin Institute of Technology and the community. The GDA aims to create a vibrant new city quarter with a diverse mix of uses, in a way that is sensitive to the context of the Grangegorman site, its surrounding neighbourhoods and the existing community.

The Action Plan for Jobs: Dublin contains a suite of actions developed by local authorities, regional bodies, higher education institutions, the private sector and communities in Dublin aimed at boosting job creation in the region. The Plan considers Dublin both in the national context and in terms of how it is positioned in an international context. It is based on effective collaboration, the elevation of best practice, and a drive to differentiate Dublin's offering in a global context. Ms Julie Spillane of Accenture, Innovation Centre Director is the Enterprise Champion on the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs Committee.

There is a briefing session for all prospective applicants on the 12th May in Dublin Docklands from 11-1pm. It will provide the opportunity to discuss the requirements of the brief with Enterprise Ireland, Smart Dublin and the Grangegorman Development Agency. Registration is available at this link

There will also be a panel session at Futurescope on the 10th May with the smart cycle challenge winners www.futurescope.ie.  Anyone interested in attending may register by emailing info@smartdublin.ie

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