What is BCN | Open Challenge?
Barcelona City Council and Citymart announce an international call for businesses and entrepreneurs to propose their innovative solutions to six different challenges to transform public space and services in the city.
As a radical departure from many competitions, the BCN|Open Challenge is a direct commitment to contract the winning solutions. Winners of many urban competitions receive an award or the opportunity to pilot. Barcelona is breaking this mould by using public contracting to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and the growth of small and medium enterprises.
Within the framework of the economic development initiative Barcelona Growth, BCN|Open Challenge is a new programme opening up the city administration to SMEs from around the world to transform public services. By seeking solutions to the city’s challenges with a more inclusive process, Barcelona will accelerate innovation and leverage public spending more effectively to deliver better public services. For the first time, public procurement directly focuses on innovation providers, leading to faster, stronger local economic growth and tangible improvements in citizens’ lives.
The six challenges are:
1. Reducing bicycle thefts in the city
2. Empowering support systems to reduce social isolation
3. Monitoring pedestrian flows in the city
4. Tools for digitisation of museum and archive collections
5. Automatic detection and alerts of damaged road surfaces
6. Empowering local retail through technology