The Tourism Crowdsourcing Challenge is a Pan-European idea competition lead by the Open Cities Consortium that advocates the added values of working with interoperable, collaborative platforms throughout EU cities. The same time Open Cities, especially with the crowdsourcing challenge, helps policy makers to source ideas easier externally, to make local policy making more innovative, using the creativity of citizens.
The primary objective of this Tourism Challenge is to address major and globally - applicable tourism problems by the use of one simple idea sourcing platform (Amsterdam has developed) and to show the value of launching a competition/challenge for the local governance.
To sum it up with Open Cities we promote the value of businesses built on open data and we stimulate open governance processes with the introduction of some useful ICT solutions.
In the Tourism Crowdsourcing Challenge, idea publishers have the chance to submit their idea in any of the given 4 cities (or idea applicable for all 4 cities. One participant will be also invited to the Barcelona Smart City Event (in nov 2013) to pitch the idea. In order to be eligible to compete, idea publishers must align with the challenge rules such as they have to register on the platform, the description of the idea must entail some sense of urgency and the suggested solution should be unique (see further briefing).
The crowdsourcing challenge is to stimulate urban redesign and policy making with an innovative platform. It enables online collaboration, and support from mentors and experts as well as peers. It is open and free for any tourists, i.e. developers, designers, communicators, or just people with good ideas.
The challenge submission is possible between 20 June and 15 Aug 2013. In aug 4 idea winners will be selected (each cities one) and the winners will receive an Amsterdam design bike During this period, participants can register, create teams if needed and present their initial ideas to the mentors in order to get valuable feedback. The mentors and the broader community are available to provide support along the process of deploying a new touristic solution. There will be 4 mentors involved, one from each city, mainly from the touristic agencies.
General rules for participation to the Crowdsourcing Tourism Challenge
General rules for submission touristic ideas
We believe in giving participants the most freedom possible in exchange their ideas with other participants. The idea publishers developing ideas for this Crowdsourcing Challenge are accepting that the intellectual property of their idea stays theirs unless they become winners. The winners are agreeing on the transfer of their intellectual property of the idea to the Open Cities Crowdsourcing team.
By submitting an idea to this Competition, you grant the Open Cities consortium a royalty‐free license, for a period not to exceed one year, to:
Submitted ideas, solutions must address one or more problem statements defined in the Briefing. In particular, we cannot support the development of projects that are:
After the finalization of the submission period, 4 ideas will be selected by an independent jury (local tourist agency members)
4 teams/individuals with the most innovative touristic services solutions, as determined by an international jury and the public vote, will be selected as finalists and will receive per city the best idea publisher an Amsterdam design bike (MOOF).
One person of the winners will be invited to present the idea on Smart Cities Expo in November, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. Eventual travel and preparation is at the participant’s own cost. All idea winners will receive promotion through the project channels during the final round of online competition.
a. All the content and information provided in the context of the Open Cities Crowdsourcing Platform is subject to the protection and will be used just for this competition.
b. In order to operate the Challenge, City of Amsterdam will share the contact data of the participating members with the other consortium partners. All the Open Cities partners abide to use this data for the sole and exclusive purpose of communication with its participants for the better operation of the challenge.