NUMA and C40 expand the DataCity program globally after DataCity Paris and DataCity Casablanca’s sucesses
The second edition of DataCity Paris program, organized by NUMA and the City of Paris, culminated yesterday with the presentation of 10 innovative solutions to solve tomorrow's issues, the challenges proposed by Parisians and the program’s major partners. This event was also the opportunity for NUMA to announce the global expansion of DataCity programs, with the support of the C40.
DataCity Paris, innovation in support of the city
Created by NUMA and the City of Paris in 2015, DataCity Paris is the first French open innovation program dedicated to smart cities.
The success of the program is due to its capacity to align various interests in a very short time. The city of Paris energises its ecosystem and develops new services for its citizens. Startups and corporations co-develop prototypes in order to create new market opportunities. This diversity of stakeholders working hand-in-hand results in innovative, dynamic, actionable solutions.
For this second edition, NUMA, the City of Paris and their corporate partners identified 10 challenges in the fields of energy, waste management, logistics, mobility and smart building. Selected startups worked with the teams of corporate partners and the City of Paris for over two months to meet these challenges. Yesterday, during the Demo Day hosted by Paris City Hall, they presented the prototypes they developed and experimented during this period.
“A few years ago, the City of Paris made a crucial economical choice: to create and lead a new economy for innovation. Our idea was to promote our high-tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem and to place it at the forefront of innovation. It was essential to implement solutions that would help us to face the next decades’ environmental and social challenges”, said Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Urban planning, architecture, Grand Paris projects, economic development and attractiveness.
DataCity expands globally to help world cities tackle climate change
Based on the success of the program in Paris and Casablanca, aware of the climate emergency in urban areas, NUMA decided to broaden its scope of action and collaborate with the C40, the network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, to develop the DataCity program in the world's largest cities.
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and C40 Chairwoman says: ”I am very pleased to see DataCity taking a new dimension. Every year, this program we created with NUMA allows us to move a little faster on key issues for Paris but also for other cities around the world. Climate change is real and we must develop such programs globally to benefit world cities involved in the fight against climate change. The alliance of NUMA and the C40 will allow us to give new means to world cities and to intensify their transformations. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote: As far as the future is concerned, it is not a question of foreseeing it, but of making it possible”.
Marie-Vorgan Le Barzic, CEO and founder of NUMA explains: ”Cities are both a cause of climate change, its biggest victims and its best hope for a solution. Plenty of citizens, start-ups and companies are concerned, are already addressing these issues and demonstrate that solutions are not only States and institutions’ matters. I am actually convinced that mission-driven entrepreneurs are able to make the projections lie. This is why NUMA has decided to focus its efforts and its ecosystem on solving the 2030 global issues and to strengthen its actions to fight climate change”.
Mark Watts, C40 Managing Director, ”Taking part in the global launch of DataCity was an evidence. Coupled with the C40 network and initiatives we have implemented in over 90 major cities all over the world, the DataCity program promises to have a real impact on the well-being and lives of today and tomorrow’s citizens”.
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