Challenges & Business Cases
Once you have a network, you need to explore the city’s needs and write a challenge, which you then spread throughout your ecosystem.
/ How to Start
Describe a need, not a solution! This is particularly important in the world of digital technology where change is the only constant. Describing a solution stifles creativity and limits the kinds of responses you will receive.
/ Setting Up a Challenge
A clear and complete application guide helps to align project partners and facilitates the application process. But only ask for information your reviewers need! Also, you should make it easy for solution providers to fill out the entire application form.
/ Select a Solution
After publishing your challenge, you will have to select a proposal. In order to do so, ask yourself if the solution is interoperable and/or innovative. What about the potential partner? Do they have a good reputation? Are they willing to work with you in the long run?
/ Check Interoperability
This does not necessarily mean the breaking down of your city’s infrastructure. Interoperability can be about connecting the different silos of your city on a technological, organisational and procedural level.
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