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The Government of Karnataka launches the first ‘DATACITY’ program in Asia

Souad Tenfiche CEU, Numa Bangalore

Govt. of Karnataka announced the launch of the first ‘DATACITY’ program in Asia in collaboration with SUEZ (French-based utility company which operates largely in the water treatment and waste management), BWSSB and NUMA, a French innovation hub headquartered in Paris that engages with startups, cities and corporations to foster innovation and solve global challenges. DATACITY is an international open innovation program building innovative solutions to answer the challenges of global cities. It brings together city authorities, corporates and startups to address cities’ challenges and develop innovative solutions to build sustainable and efficient cities, using data and technology.

DataCity is a 7-month long program that aims at bringing together the City of Bengaluru and the Corporates to co-create a problem statement, to identify relevant innovative startups from a pool of applications and to experiment the solutions that is crafted using data provided by the city of Bengaluru and the Corporates.

The areas of opportunity that could be explored during DataCity are- Smart Mobility, Water and Waste Management, Energy, Smart Buildings, Transparency & Security and pollution management.

“Growing cities are facing tremendous challenges in terms of services and infrastructure provision. We must join our forces to find solutions. Collaboration is key to innovation: it is the smart collaboration that will help build smarter cities. The first stage is to define the problem areas and work towards it” – Mr Gaurav Gupta, IAS

“Datacity represents an interesting opportunity to test innovative solutions in line with local issues and priorities, leverage private data for the benefit of public good and work closely with the innovation and smart city ecosystem.” – Mr. Tushar Girinath, IAS

“Our collaboration with NUMA has been to support the Group’s digital strategy for the development of resilient and sustainable cities. SUEZ participated in the DataCity open innovation program, organized since 2015 by the NUMA incubator with the City of Paris, the French State and private sector companies, which aimed to meet the challenges of cities with the help of data. The program transformed Paris into a gigantic playground to test new urban solutions devised by entrepreneurs through the use of existing data. In 2017, DataCity went international and launched its first edition of DataCity Casablanca with Lydec as its partner.

In India, we want to engage in open innovation program wherein we want to build a collaborative ecosystem involving customers, innovative start-ups, experts, researchers and our team to work together to develop solutions. This is the main objective of our partnership with NUMA.” – Mr Shyam J Bhan (MD / CEO, SUEZ INDIA BA)

” 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050. We need to address today our urban challenges to build the cities of tomorrow. NUMA designed DataCity to help creating these concrete solutions with the potential to be replicated and scaled across cities of the global DataCity network” – Ms Souad Tenfiche, CEO NUMA Bengaluru

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