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Collaborative Challenge programme in Belfast

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£25,000 will be available to explore innovation in: urban transport, visitor experience, circular economy, active living and management of the public state.
31 July 2017 - DIGITAL REGIONS  project
Belfast City Council (Northern Ireland) is launching a new Smart Belfast framework and a Collaborative Challenge programme at Belfast City Hall the 26th of September. 

The Council has been working with city partners to develop a framework that seeks to build on the city’s growing strengths in the digital sector to encourage greater innovative collaboration between businesses, universities and government. In that way, the objective is to harness the power of data science and new technologies in order to tackle traditional urban challenges. 
 
To support these aims, the Council and Invest NI have developed a 'Smart Belfast Collaborative Challenge'. Aimed at SME-led networks, the programme will provide support for Northern Ireland companies that want to enhance their competitive edge by working together, and with universities and other partners, to address challenges that Belfast and other cities are facing today. 

About the programme
Initially, £25,000 will be available for up to eight SME-led networks seeking to explore innovation in: 
  • urban transport
  • visitor experience
  • circular economy
  • active living
  • management of the public estate
 
Hosted by Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Nuala McAllister, and featuring contributions from leading urban technologists, the launch event will provide with more details on the Smart Belfast framework, the five urban challenge areas and the practicalities of participating in the Collaborative Challenge programme. There will also be a Smart Belfast marketplace providing opportunities for companies to network and showcase their digital innovations.
 
Online registration will be open until Friday, 18 August 2017. For further details don't hesitate to visit the website or contact: smartbelfast@belfastcity.gov.uk 



Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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