The nine winning innovative urban solutions chosen in the Sheffield Smart Lab programme have begun their demonstration phase through test projects in Sheffield.
The programme, launched in late June 2015 and run by Sheffield City Council, Amey and the Ferrovial Services Centre of Excellence for Cities, has the objective of identifying and testing the best innovative solutions to address two major challenges that Sheffield faces: to ‘energise the city centre’ and to ‘support people to live independently.’
The nine winning solutions were selected from more than 50 proposals received from 10 different countries. Earlier in the year, the start-ups had the opportunity to participate in an ‘incubation and acceleration’ programme, where they developed their idea and business model in an innovation centre, supported by both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. As well as this, all winning solutions will also be included in Ferrovial Services’ Innovative Solutions Catalogue.
The winning solutions is the “helping people to live independently” category were:
While the four solutions for “energising the city centre” are:
Sheffield Smart Lab is part of Ferrovial Services’ aim to support forward-thinking cities in developing effective innovation focused on citizens, enhancing urban services using the most innovative solutions, and contributing to the development of society by, for example, supporting entrepreneurship. Other recent examples of collaborative innovation programmes with a similar profile are Madrid Smart Lab, Changify, The Urban Solutions Project and Cities Open Challenge.