June 2016
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Calling all Smart City suppliers, innovators and developers across Europe to participate in a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process to create citywide Internet-of-Everything (IoE) platform.
The Open Market Consultation Events are over, but the dialogue continues!
MATCHMAKING support: Want to team up and create a successful proposal? Make sure to use the SELECT for Cities matchmaking tool
SELECT for Cities project gives the opportunity to possible participants interested in taking part in the PCP tender, that will start in November 2016, to team up with each other in order to create more competitive and attractive proposals. In order to find a possible partner SELECT for Cities offers you a matchmaking tool where you can include your info. This info will be curated on the website and you will be able to contact or be contacted by interested participants. One of the biggest advantages of this matchmaking tool is that you can team up with local partners as well as European ones.

Don't wait till November to team up. Search your partner now, create a strong team and participate in our tender ! 
If It Works in Antwerp It Works Anywhere!
More than 60 people gathered at Digipolis’ Antwerp offices on May 24th to take part in SELECT for Cities inaugural open consultation meeting.  This interactive event provided the first opportunity for potential suppliers to meet the procuring cities (Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki) and learn more about the projects forthcoming competition and to discuss the feasibility of city ambitions. 
Dirk Diels, the Director business and innovation at City of Antwerp launched the event with a plenary session outlining the SELECT for Cities challenge – design, create and develop cities as linked, large scale Internet of Everything (IoE) Labs. He reminded participants of Antwerps vision of being a beta city and proudly claimed that with the help of innovation experts, Digipolis and iMinds, “if it works in Antwerp, it works anywhere”!
In addition to
plenary presentations participants also had the opportunity to ask questions about the Pre-commercial procurement process (PCP) underpinning the SELECT for Cities competition and potential use-case scenarios. Questions from the floor ranged from how to understand what SELECT means by ‘open-source’ to more detailed points on the available budget.
After a networking opportunity during coffee participants broke into separate workgroups to discuss the Living Lab approach and platform infrastructure needs in more detail.  In the spirit of transparency, notes were taken on conversations throughout the day to ensure all supplier needs, questions and concerns were captured so they can be addressed. 
Karin Goedheid from Digipolis Procurement Department said: “This is a fantastic level of engagement, and I am grateful to everyone who took the time to take part in the consultation. We set out to reach as many suppliers as possible, to let them know about our plans and to seek their views, and the response has exceeded our expectations. The development of a city-wide, real-time, open innovation platform is a massive challenge for all involved and it is vital that we get it right. I am extremely encouraged at the significant number of responses that we have received as they really will help us make the best possible decisions on scope our tender should take”
A productive Monday morning in Helsinki!
The city of Helsinki was on May 30th the host of the second open market consultation of SELECT for Cities, which followed the one from Antwerp. More than 40 people from all over Europe, were present at the premises of Forum Virium Helsinki for an interesting and full of information Monday morning.

The consultation was opened by Markku Raitio from the City of Helsinki. The rest of the presentations were done by the coordinator of the project, Hugo Tamagnini Goncalves. The participants had the chance to ask and receive an answer to all their #IoT and #PCP related questions. Moreover the new questions that came up after the end of the market consultation can receive an answer by checking the FAQ section of the website or if the question does not have an answer there send it to the SELECT for Cities consortium and in maximum 48h you will have an answer.

During the networking part there were interesting and promising discussions with the potential buyers about the project ambition and SELECT for Cities competition steps.
Missed the extraordinary SELECT for Cities F2F meetings? Don't worry, we have the perfect solution!
If you missed the exciting and interesting F2F open market consultations events from Antwerp, Helsinki and Copenhagen don't worry, you will still have the chance to ask SELECT for Cities representatives live questions via the webinar we are organizing on June 28th from 4-6 PM, CET time. In order to participate just click on this link. Looking forward to seeing you all !
Smart City of Copenhagen!
In an excellent environment, in the Smart City of Copenhagen, at the Copenhagen City Hall, on 6th of June, took place the last but definitely not the least SELECT for Cities market consultationThe last consultation was organised by Copenhagen Solutions lab and gathered almost 60 participants taking the total number of participants at the 3 market consultations above 150.

All the discussions and presentations were exciting but among the most interesting part of the consultation were the lively debates during the break-out sessions. There were constructive discussions if the SELECT for Cities challenge is innovative enough, which are the requirements for the use-cases and the living lab approach and many other questions and answers around the PCP process.

Your opinion matters!
* All the input we have received during the Open Market Consultations has been taken into consideration, carefully analysed and helps us create the tender documents.
* We want to be as fair as possible, therefore we publish all the Open Market Consultation results on the website
* Still have questions? We will happy answer to all of them. Send us your question via email or using our form here.
SELECT for Cities at NETFutures 2016
SELECT for Cities had the pleasure to share a booth at NetFutures 2016 together with Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC) and OrganiCity project. 

The city-driven OASC unites 89 cities from 19 countries with a commitment to implement interoperability and share data to form the basis for such a market. The OASC cities are taking steps towards the digital transformation, with a short cycle from experimentation to operations. OASC aims to establish mechanisms of a global market for IoT-enabled urban services: from systematic experimentation, to pre-commercial procurement, and on to operational deployment – all underpinned by widely adopted open standards and platforms. This builds upon a mature legacy and opens up possibilities in Europe and beyond.

The OrganiCity project together with SELECT for Cities are flagship initiatives, delivering the key tools and methods to support this dynamic. OrganiCity is providing a distributed Experimentation-as-a-Service facility for systematic and truly participatory citizen experimentation in the complexity urban space.
Save the dates!
* Matchmaking tool available from July onwards
* SELECT for Cities call for tenders scheduled to open in November 2016
SELECT for Cities (Standardized, opEn, data-driven, service-oriented & user-centric pLatform Enabling large-scale Co-creation, Testing & validation of IoE services for Cities) is a 3 yrs project co-funded by the participant cities themselves (Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki) as well as the European Commission. With a budget of 5.6 million euro, budget dedicated to the innovation challenge, the project proposes through a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to procure the research and development of new innovative solutions capable of realising the goal having of the city as a large Internet of Everything Lab and putting it into practice. The period for PCP is from December 2015 and November 2018 and it will be divided into 3 competition stages.
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