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Smarter City Tourist Call is part of Open Cities

Open Cities is a EU funded ICT driven ambitious project, advocating the value of open innovation for cities. Open innovation is a new business concept, approach for city governance and businesses. It means a different level on involvement of the environment. It offers chances to innovate quicker. Amsterdam is involved in Open Cities since 2010 and the city of Amsterdam has made a crowdsourcing portal called Amsterdam Opent. In this version we are scaling it up to 4 cities.

Stimulating the reuse of resources, sharing codes, platforms, harvesting on technological advances jointly is one of the main motives of Open Cities.
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Open cities

The project is structured in 6 Open Innovation Themes:

Open Innovation Theme 1

Open innovation in cities

Researching open & user driven innovation methodologies for the public sector.

Open Innovation Theme 2

Living labs in smart cities:
Urban labs

Implementing living labs methodologies to Smart Cities

Open Innovation Theme 3


Exploring crowdsourcing a user-driven tool to engage civilians in solving public issues

Open Innovation Theme 4

Open data

Enabling commercial and private use of public data for innovative mobile services.

Open Innovation Theme 5

Test: bench for innovative apps and services

A platform to get feedbacks from users throughout Europe and test your innovative app or service on the latest networks.

Open Innovation Theme 6

Open sensor networks

Developing sensor networks platforms to offer access to interfaces such as web services

30 months project

Even if open innovation is the “de facto” standard in innovation management in the private sector, we know little of how to apply it to the public sector and this is even truer when involving technological platforms, especially in aspects such as governance or incentives.
Open Cities it is a 30 months project funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) that aims to explore this gap with five main objectives:


Distill insights and best practices on how to apply open innovation in the public sector.


Gain understanding on the management of technological platforms in an open innovation context.


Validate the use of pan-European platforms for crowdsourcing, open data, FTTH networks and open sensor networks.


Trigger the development of advanced future internet services.


Understanding how living labs could be effectively applied for promoting the adoption and co-creating of innovation in smart cities. Open Cities is a project coordinated by the Spanish Business School ESADE and count with the collaboration of other 14 European institutions.


We are witnessing a transformation in cities that requires them not only implement existing solutions but innovate and co-create new ones. However, there is an important gap between what we know in innovation management and the actual practices and this gap is even bigger if we consider the practices in cities.


The Project aims to validate how to approach Open & user Driven Innovation methodologies to the Public Sector in a scenario of Future Internet services for Smart Cities in four innovative and representative European cities: Helsinki, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona.

Main objectives:

Open Cities aims to advance our understanding on Open innovation management in the public sector by conducting experimental driven research in real life settings around Future Internet services for Smart Cities. In order to accomplish this objective, on-line platforms and repositories should be built and advance Future Internet services should be put in place, so their dynamics, limits, adequacy and best practices could be distilled and inferred. Therefore the four main objectives of Open Cities could be further broken down in concrete sub-objectives that refer to the specific areas that the project addresses. Open Innovation in the public sector. Understanding better how open & user innovation can be applied to the public sector and specifically to fostering future internet services in Smart Cities is a key objective of the project.