Smart Dublin seeks smart planning solutions
26 April 2017 | 0
Three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competitions with up to €600,000 in funding, have been launched by Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland.
The challenges aim to find innovative solutions for tackling illegal dumping, the detection of blocked gullies in high-risk flooding areas, and the design of wayfinding solutions in the Dublin region – the latter launched in partnership with the Grangegorman Development Agency.
This competition follows on from the success of the SBIR cycle challenge last year which funded €150,000 in innovation contracts.
Launching the initiative, Minister of State for Communities Catherine Byrne said: “I see a great opportunity here for this process to have an impact right across Ireland, allowing the public sector and innovative businesses and entrepreneurs to tackle some of the challenges that affect communities in the areas of illegal dumping and flooding risk. As well as this, helping people of all abilities to get around in an easier way is something I absolutely support and welcome and I look forward to seeing the results in action.”
Philomena Poole, Chair of Smart Dublin, said: “The SBIR process allows local authorities to embrace an entrepreneurial approach to solving challenges. This is just the start of a longer term programme for Dublin’s local authorities to embrace Smart technologies as set out in the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs.”