The Municipality of Milan – one of eight core partner cities in the SynchroniCity project –
Mostly small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] and also a start-up joined the clinic. Those who participated have developed applications but also full-stack solutions.
The SynchroniCity open call has gained a lot of interest in the last weeks: What’s your first impression of the potential applicants who joined the clinics?
Some of the ideas were interesting and could be very useful for Milan and the other pilot cities. In some cases, the solutions targeted aspects not directly managed by the municipalities but by public companies contracted by the municipality such as waste or water management. The solutions should be then agreed with these companies. In these cases, we discussed with the SMEs and start-ups possible adaptations of the solutions to focus either on the end-users or provided them, when possible, with direct contacts of to get in touch with the public companies.
Is there a question that all potential applicants had in common?
A common question was related to the need
Is there any advice you can share with potential applicants from SMEs and large businesses?
It’s important to clarify the specific target of the solution and understand what kind of involvement and how much time is needed. In this sense, solutions targeted at the municipalities or at citizens are easier to propose. Secondly, I think it is useful to highlight that the cost of sensors cannot be co-financed by the open call.
There are also cities interested in joining SynchroniCity via the open call. What would you recommend them to do to become a vital part?
My advice is to check thoroughly how much time and what resources are needed to be compliant with the Synchronicity framework. That’s crucial.
There will be more open call clinics in Milan, how and where can interested SMEs, businesses, and other cities sign up?
The next clinic will be on the 23 July 2018 from 10 AM to 1 PM and the 29 August 2018 from 10 AM to 1 PM. It is possible
About Chiara Bresciani
With a background in civil engineering and urban planning – focusing on transport and logistics –, Chiara has been working as a researcher and for city administrations in the Lombardy region for many years. Chiara manages now the SynchroniCity project in the pilot