Agile Cities is an initiative to connect cities, citizens and innovators with good practice in bringing innovative solutions into cities, and to create tools and open standards that will facilitate a more effective, connected and transparent marketplace for innovative city solutions, thereby accelerating the uptake of high-impact proven innovations.
As urbanization trends continue cities face the complex challenge of delivering improved quality of life to its citizens using ever more constrained resources. With 557,000 local governments spending $4.5 trillion each year on service delivery, large investments in new and high technology infrastructures are expected to help meet these challenges. These infrastructures promise to make cities more productive, more efficient, and more sustainable – ‘smarter’. However, to deliver these services, cities are faced with a considerable challenge in becoming agile global procurers and regulators of technology on a large scale, in a marketplace that is currently highly inefficient and fragmented.
The programme is led by Citymart and The Climate Group, with partners Metropolis and the UK Technology Strategy Board, and focuses on 3 key actions:
- Communicating effective city innovation methodologies for identifying city needs, communicating challenges, discovering, evaluating, procuring and scaling solutions.
- Develop a platform, Citymart.com, to link cities with solutions providers dramatically improving the accessibility of information and diffusion of information on available products and services.
- Develop tools for cities and solutions providers to support cities in procurement of innovations, and facilitate solutions providers in providing the right product information in a validated format to the marketplace thereby improving the trust and transparency of procurement.
Cities and their citizens will have an overall gain by delivering better services, at lower cost and understanding the impact of technologies on accessibility, climate change and other policy objectives through the use of shared evaluation methodologies, piloting, and data and experiences collected in other markets.
Solutions providers will see marketing costs for businesses are expected to fall by up to 90% which could be carried over into more competitive solution pricing, and will gain improved visibility and a vastly more internationalised marketplace.