We were in Belfast on Tuesday 26 September, 2017 with SMEs, local government leaders and leading urban technologists to launch the Smart City Framework at City Hall.
The framework harnesses the strength of Belfast’s digital sector and seeks to encourage greater innovation and collaboration between local businesses, universities and the public sector to better understand, analyse and tackle urban challenges.
Future Cities Catapult played a leading role alongside Belfast City Council, using our expertise to help the Council to engage with local stakeholders and draft a framework that would suit Belfast’s unique strengths, challenges and priorities.
This builds on our previous work in the city on our Future Belfast project, where we collaborated with the council to grow UK businesses and increase the collection of business rates.
Officials from Belfast City Council and Invest Northern Ireland were also present to launch their Collaborative Challenge Scheme as part of the framework, making £25,000 available for up to eight networks seeking to explore innovation in urban transport, the visitor experience, the circular economy, active living and managing the public estate.
Jarmo Eskelinen, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer at Future Cities Catapult said:
“We’re excited that Belfast City Council is launching its new Smart City Framework. This marks the culmination of a 12-month collaboration between Future Cities Catapult and Belfast City Council. The outcome will lead to improved services for the citizens of Belfast and new opportunities for local businesses.”
“We’re delighted that Invest NI has built on the principles of the Framework and developed a Smart Belfast Collaborative Challenge, which seeks to address five key challenges taking a people-centred approach to developing solutions in the city that will utilise data science and smart technologies.”
More information about Belfast’s Smart City Framework can be found here.