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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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?
My approach will take several years to show results. Will it still be considered?
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.