DataCity: Call for Proposals for the Cities of Tomorrow

In order to become smarter, today’s cities are going to have to develop new services in a range of sectors: better use of energy, responsible travel, intelligent urbanization and housing, sustainable environment. The City of Paris, along with several partner organizations, is opening a unique field of experimentation to anyone who can propose a project with the aim of taking up these challenges.

The first phase of the program linked various Smart City parties: corporates, startups, The City of Paris, researchers, non-profits and citizens. This process helped define the 9 challenges outlined in the DataCity program.

To take part in the 5 projects selected for the first season of the program, you can apply between January 7th until January 31st.

Challenge THEMES


1. Improving Energy Consumer Behavior

Techniques controlling energy demands see a reduction in the energy consumption of buildings and regions …

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2. Consolidating Energy Flows to Design “Positive Energy Islands” and Decreasing the Size of our Carbon Footprint

In most big cities, the capacity to construct new housing is quite limited: efforts to rationalize energy consumption must be applied to pre-existing infrastructure…

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3. Improving Transport for Large-Scale Sporting or Cultural Events

When big events occur, often in stadiums, tens of thousands of spectators converge using public transport or private vehicles…

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4. Understanding and Improving Short Trips

Commuting in big cities can simply be about short trips, across a neighborhood, by foot or by bike, in Paris on a city-sanctioned Vélib’…

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Urban planning

5. Analyzing the Usage of Public Space to Invent the Agoras of Tomorrow

To make public space one of tranquility, to find balance in its various usages to foster increased pedestrian use, to emphasize green spaces…

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6. TAKING BACK Unused Spaces and Using Them More Effectively

In cities everywhere, there are many unused spaces, and this is particularly true in Paris – basements, former servants’ quarters, rooftops, cellars…

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7. Increasing Citizen Awareness of Air Quality

Air quality raises environmental, economic and public health issues. Increasing city-dwellers’ awareness of the quality of the air they’re breathing makes up a big part of this…

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8. Making the City Cleaner

The cleanest streets are those that don’t get dirty. There are two sides to the coin that makes the city cleaner: not making the city as dirty in the first place and cleaning it more effectively…

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9. Revegetating the City to Improve the Urban Environment

Trees in cities have an essential ecological function – by absorbing CO2 and pumping out oxygen, they purify the atmosphere and play a big role in countering global warming…

> See the Challenge

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