Global Innovation Collaborative

Berlin, London, New York and Paris have come together to share emerging innovation and test new approaches to support economic recovery. Through a digital collaboration platform, the initiative is supporting the launch of an open innovation competition to invite passionate people with great ideas to deploy solutions in local test-beds in each city. Innovators will co-develop pioneering solutions to shared COVID-19 challenges, alongside datasets and innovation assets from industry.

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In a time of global economic depression, cities didn't have a way to showcase their own local test-beds to innovators nor to trial new solutions: this initiative looks to bring the two together. Cities also wanted to understand what their shared challenges were and to have access to better data sets analyses. The innovation itself was co-created, leveraging an open framework by Nitrous (an urban impact business and one of the project leads), including design thinking and UX sessions with potential users. The innovation was therefore developed to cater specifically for citycity collaboration and open innovation user journeys.

The Global Cities Innovation Collaborative is built on a digital innovation platform, co-created by multiple cities to collaboratively design and host their shared challenges for recovery. The platform leverages open data sets from multiple cities to inform challenge analysis and create automated benchmarking to see where shared challenges exist. The platform then allows these challenges to be hosted and for innovators to apply. Once innovators have applied, the platform helps with detailed, unbiased application review and jury, as well as innovator matchmaking. Its overall mission is to leverage collective innovation to speed economic recovery from COVID-19.

For the co-creation phase, the platform allows:
• The secure upload of datasets and other software assets for cross-partner sharing.
• Dynamic collaboration rooms allow innovators to brainstorm, host events and work on their co-creation projects from international locations.
• Tracking and insights so citizens and stakeholders can follow the progress of projects, as well as ask questions to project teams

The team will look to grow the initiative over the coming years by on-boarding new cities and increasing the data analysis of shared challenges and collaborative functionalities. It will also make the software available for other cities and public sector bodies to use in their own open innovation approaches.

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Year: 2021
Level of government: Local government


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