At NUMA, we believe that mission-driven tech-entrepreneurs are a key to solve the cities’ issues of 2030. So we bring together cities, corporates, and startups to address city
challenges and develop solutions to build sustainable and efficient cities, using data and technology.
DataCity Paris: a unique open innovation program related to the 2030 city’s issues
With DataCity, we at NUMA, have the ambition to tackle the global problems cities will face by 2030 – at the heart of which we place climate change – by designing tailored solutions to reduce cities carbon footprint. Indeed, we advocate that cities are the cause, the biggest victim and the best hope to fight climate change.
How does DataCity work? DataCity is a 9-month open innovation program where, as a first step, large companies, municipalities and citizens gather together to identify city-related problems to solve. We call these challenges. Then, we select the best startups to apply their innovative solutions to the challenges, by using experimentation fields and data sets provided by the large companies and municipalities. Prototypes are built and the impact that the solutions have on the city is measured.
For the second edition of the program, lasting from September 2016 until our Demo Day on June 6th 2017, 4 main topics have been covered: Energy, Mobility & Logistics, Urban Planning and Smart Building.
For instance, through DataCity, EDF, the historical electricity provider in France, worked with a Danish startup, Linc, to develop together a solution enabling the creation of local electricity communities. Within a community, one household can now provide another household with the surplus of energy produced (through solar panels for instance) in exchange of a remuneration. This challenge anticipated the modernisation of the legal framework, as the local electricity communities are only recognised and authorised in law since May 2017. In addition of having developed an innovative solution, our partners thus took the lead on this topic in France through DataCity.
Many other challenges were solved this year, such as developing a solution for intelligent street lighting based on data analysis; a solution to predict maintenance needs of city infrastructure; a tool to predict waste collection times or a tool to measure the impact of urban planning on logistics.
DataCity Paris’ Demo Day – sharing results and preparing the future
As a conclusion to the program, we held our Demo Day on June 6th 2017 at the Paris City Hall. The Demo Day was the occasion to display the work and solutions developed by each challenge team – composed by representatives of a partner company, a selected startup and Paris City Hall – in front of more than 600 representatives of big companies, national and international public institutions such as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Groupe, city representatives coming from around the world, as well as investors. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, and Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris, were the sponsors of this event, materializing the active involvement of high-level representatives of the city in the program.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) June 6, 2017
This involvement is of utter importance for the success of both the program and the Demo Day. Indeed, it ensures that decision-makers and -takers of the city are supportive and continuously informed of the program’s solutions, from which they will be the main beneficiary. In addition, the variety of stakeholders that attended the Demo Day are the unique opportunity to concretely explore new market opportunities with relevant partners.
From now on, all the participants in the second season of DataCity Paris, are part of our DataCity Alumni community. NUMA will not rest to support and empower its partners and startups to take their work from the prototype stage to an actual commercializable product. Soon enough, citizens of Paris will benefit from the work achieved during DataCity Paris’ second season.
Taking DataCity Internationally: Smart Collaboration at the Global Scale
During the Demoday, we announced the international expansion of DataCity, in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Our ambition: develop the program in 40 cities by the end of 2018, across all continents, which will allow the development of more than 300 solutions to build more sustainable and efficient cities.
We are convinced that with municipalities, corporates and mission-driven tech entrepreneurs, we can make our planet great again and create missions of new jobs. The urgency of the climate crisis and the scale of action needed means that everyone must use every tool available to them to tackle this threat, including data.
Our ambition via the international expansion of DataCity is to join hands and raise open innovation as a new way of city making across the world, in order to accelerate the emergence of solutions to the global challenges that concern us all. The global DataCity program will create a momentum for international collaboration and cross- pollination between cities, partners and startups involved, who will share and learn from each others’ challenges and solutions for the cities of tomorrow.
Following the Demoday, a DataCity international kick-off workshop was organized on June 7 at NUMA, gathering about 50 stakeholders – cities, corporates, international organizations, startups – interested or already committed in DataCity.
Building on this workshop, we are more confident and ready than ever to take the Datacity program internationally, create the leading collaboration platform on smart city topics across the world and bring solutions to the challenges faced by our cities.
As a first step, DataCity will be launched in 7 cities – to be revealed soon! – in S2 2017.