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Philadelphia: USING TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE A SMART CITY


Philadelphia is looking for ways to leverage existing city assets to better city operations and services. The City is seeking products and technologies that can improve the quality of life for the residents and businesses of Philadelphia and generate revenue.  

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. EST on August 12, 2016.

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Philadelphia: USING TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE A SMART CITY


Philadelphia is looking for ways to leverage existing city assets to better city operations and services. The City is seeking products and technologies that can improve the quality of life for the residents and businesses of Philadelphia and generate revenue.  

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. EST on August 12, 2016.


The Challenge: The City of Philadelphia spends significant funds every year to lease and maintain 25 cell towers with fiber connection that sit idle. The City is seeking products and technologies that could use these assets as a platform to improve public safety, public infrastructure maintenance, energy efficiency, public space management, public Wi-Fi access, transportation and quality of life for the residents and businesses of Philadelphia.     


The Opportunity: The challenge consists of two stages. The first stage is a Request for Information (RFI) during which the City is looking for information on products, technologies, services and other creative cost reduction strategies. This is designed to provide the City with industry insight, experience and understanding of the solutions available on the market. Responses to this RFI will inform a future Request for Proposals (RFP) to implement the solution. 


Who can participate: The opportunity is open to anyone with a solution to the Challenge. The City welcomes ideas from technologists, telecommunications specialists, advertising agencies, social entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, designers, NGOs, and general city enthusiasts working locally or internationally. 


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To apply, please download the RFI using the button below, and submit your proposal no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on August 12, 2016. Please send your response as one electronic copy in machine-readable format (MS Word format or PDF). Emails should be addressed to Andrew Buss and Ellen Hwang with the subject line “Smart City Submission– First Name, Last Name” at andrew.buss@phila.gov and ellen.hwang@phila.gov 

If you have any questions please refer to the FAQ below. If you do not see your question listed below, please post any additional questions as a comment on bigideasphl.com so that the question and response will be available to all participants. You will need to register on bigideasphl.com in order to post your question. Any questions sent via email or posted on social media will be directed back to the comment section on bigideasphl.com.

Frequently Asked Questions


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Frequently Asked Questions


Is it free to register and apply?

Yes. It is free to submit a response to this RFI.

 

How do I apply?

One electronic copy in machine-readable format (MS Word format or PDF) should be sent to both andrew.buss@phila.gov and ellen.hwang@phila.gov with the subject line “Smart City submission – First name, Last name”. It’s encouraged that you limit the size of your response to approximately 10 pages including supporting documentation.

 

What should I include in my submission?

Participants are encouraged to share creative and innovative proposals, but at a minimum a submission should include answers to the questions listed in the RFI. Please keep your answers concise and your package to 10 pages.

 

Who can participate?

All individuals, companies, technologists, telecommunication agencies, engineers, architects, entrepreneurs, marketers, programmers, designers, consortia, research centers and non-profit organizations. You do not necessarily have to be constituted as legal entities or other form of partnerships to participate in the RFI.

 

Do I need to have experience working with the public sector?

No, you do not need experience working with the public sector.

 

Can I participate in the challenge if I have an international company/organization?

Yes. You are eligible to participate in the RFI if you have an international company or organization.

 

Is there any preference on the type of public-private partnership and revenue sharing model? (revenues based on advertisement, sponsorship)

There is no preference.

 

Does my idea need to be a tested solution?

No.

 

My approach will take several years to show results. Will it still be considered?

Yes.

 

My solution is not about delivering Wi-Fi to the city. Can I still apply?

Yes.  The city is interested in all solutions that can use the existing assets to better city operations and services.

 

How will the industrial and intellectual property rights be handled?

Upon submission, responses to the RFI become the property of the City. Responses may be subject to public disclosure under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law. However, a “record that constitutes or reveals a trade secret or confidential proprietary information” is exempt from access by a requester under that law. Ultimate determination of the application of that exemption cannot be assured, but participants are advised to mark clearly any portion(s) of any submittal believed to qualify for that exemption. Be sure to read the full terms included in the RFI.

 

What if I have more questions that are not on this FAQ?

Please post any additional questions as a comment on bigideasphl.com so that the question and response will be available to all participants. You will need to register on bigideasphl.com in order to post your question. Any questions sent via email or posted on social media will be directed back to the comment section on bigideasphl.com.

The deadline for questions or clarifications about this RFI is July 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.

Partners


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Partners


Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT)

The Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) is the central IT organization that oversees the technology infrastructure for the City. OIT works with the city’s IT Community to develop a comprehensive portfolio of online services and technology solutions that meet the needs of the city’s diverse residents, businesses, government entities, and employees.

The Office of Innovation and Technology seeks to be inspired by the marketplace of innovators, technologists, engineers, marketers, programmers, and city enthusiasts to come up with new uses for existing assets that provide public value and generate revenue.

You can learn more about the OIT at www.phila.gov/it

Citymart

Citymart transforms the way cities solve problems, connecting them with new ideas through open challenges to entrepreneurs and citizens. Our method has helped more than 50 cities around the world from San Francisco to London and Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro find proven solutions. Citymart partners with cities to rethink their spending habits so they focus on what problems they need to solve instead of what things they want to buy.