StartCity Mission

Create a SmartCity ecosystem based on open standards.

Standards that enables companies and startups to innovate and create new solutions. Solutions that is not for just one city, but can be exported to other countries and cities. A new industry. 

An App made for Oslo will work in Barcelona, London, Paris

Using open standards Norwegian companies can develop Apps and systems that works on all cities in Norway and the rest of Europe.

Everything is open from the first day - and you are invited.

Everyone knows that open data is essential to a Smart City

But does everyone know that being open is a culture, a way of thinking?

The goal of building a smart city is to improve quality of life for the people who use it. To figure out how to do that we need to invite the people who live in it. They have ideas and want to have a say in it.

A Smart City project must be open to be successful.
The people who live in the city can't just be invited when the "project management" declares the project finished.

Town square is the hart of the city

Just like physical cities, there is a market square where people set up their stalls to trade. In a Smart City, the stalls can be Apps and data is one of the commodities traded. There will be many providers of data on the market square. Data from the city will be one of them, but not the only provider. Just like on a physical market square, we can be consumers and providers. There is nothing new in mixing ingredients and creating new products that are sold on the market.  An Allergy-App can consume weather and pollution data and advice whether the user should go to work by bike or bus.

Standard API creates a market for SmartCity software

The organisation Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) will have 84 member cities by May 2016. The goal is to build smart cities using open standards that makes it possible for cities to exchange experiences. But most important is to create a market for Smart City software. Companies creating solutions for Helsinki know that they can sell the same software to Copenhagen, Rio or Amsterdam.

It is important that Norway don't miss out on this opportunity.

Who we work with

 

FIWARE , We have started FiwareNorway  -FIWARE technology interest group Norway in order to promote, support and build knowledge about the open source middleware that EU is using to build Smart Cities.

 

We are building the StartCity market square using TMForum APIs.  This Framework enables the management and the monetisation of different kinds of digital assets involving multiple partners

Our approach

We never do 5 year plans - we do experiments. 
SmartCity is a relatively new concept and you get as many definitions as you get answers. With so many uncertainties on what a SmartCity is and what it should be,  normal city planning approach does not work. 

We bringing Lean Startup culture to city building. Doing short cycles of Build, Measure, Learn. 
Building the Smart City - one dataset a time

 

We engage and support the community
We think that brilliant ideas will come from citizens that use the city. Many of them does not know yet that they will have the idea that make life in the city better for all. Bringing tech people, environmentalists, business people, architects, designers into the same room creates innovation - open innovation. 

 

We help organise StartupWeekend. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of July 2015, Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs. 

 

We cooperate and learn from frontierCities. frontierCities is an EU funded project which supports web-developers, SMEs and start-ups develop smart mobility applications for cities across Europe! They have an impressive list of 28 startups in their portfolio.

Smart City hack organize an international competition for Smart City projects. The 15 best projects get to pitch on stage at the Smart City Expo in front of an international jury of experts. Our goal is to send a Norwegian team to participate. 

We work with meetups and coworking spaces. Engaging people with ideas - to create a better city.