Open public data is the key to smart city innovation, with an estimated €300bn of currently untapped value (EU 2015). As both data suppliers and buyers of innovation, cities are ideally positioned as customers for smart products and services. The SCIFI project brings together cities with innovators to pilot and launch new smart public services.
The SCIFI framework will establish relationships and the methodologies for 2 Seas cities to source smart, data-driven solutions to urban challenges. This will increase the competitiveness of the 2 Seas region in the field of urban innovation, stimulate innovative sectors of the regional economy and increase quality of life in cities.
By acting together, medium-sized cities can better pool the innovative potential of the 2 Seas region. Through a local and transnational network, SCIFI increases the growth potential for regional businesses, leverages the world-class knowledge institutions in the region, and provides cities wider access to innovative solutions.
The SCIFI project gathers eight partners from the 2-Seas region, including cities, universities and private sector experts.