Build Smart Solutions For Dublin

Take part in transforming the way Dublin solves its biggest challenges including mobility, flooding, environment, energy, as well as better data and communication.Prizes will include access to seed funds, city expertise and tested infrastructure to trial successful proposals.  

Our first challenge is to find new ways to encourage more people to cycle in Dublin, to address safety, security and other barriers to getting people cycling.  

There are a number of sources of data that may inform your cycle solutions.  You can search for cycle data on Dublinked, also visit and  for more information.The Transport for Ireland Cycle Journey Planner is a great source of route information, incorporating ease of use and dublinbikes station locations into recommended cycle routes.

Presentations from the SBIR Challenge Information Evening

Maria Gavin – Enterprise Ireland

Jamie Cudden – Smart Dublin Manager

Sarah Scannell – Cycling and Walking Promotions Officer

David Timoney – Dublin Cycling Campaign

Pauline Riordan – Dublinked Manager

Register here for the Challenge

Raise Your Voice

Over the last couple of months the Smart Dublin team has been working with council staff and stakeholders to prioritise key issues such as mobility, flooding, energy and emergency management, as well as the need for more data and information sharing.  Let us know what problems you think need attention by joining our Dublin opinion panel and register to take part in our upcoming survey to help define Smart Dublin’s challenges, in particular in the following areas:


Intelligent, efficient and connected travel options

Dublin needs to have good transport management and offer sustainable travel choices to ensure easy travel for all and to safeguard future growth.

  • How can Dublin better manage pedestrian, cycle and vehicular flows and reduce congestion?
  • Are there ways to reduce the number of cars in the city and other urban centres?
  • How can we optimise parking and deliveries without impacting economic competitiveness?  
  • How to encourage more people to walk  or get on their bikes?  
  • What is the future for public transport?
  • How can we better understand how people move around the city region?  
  • Can we improve safety and connectivity across the region?
  • How can people get up to date information on travel options?

 Streets and Spaces

A clean and safe environment for all

Dublin needs a good environment and quality of life to sustain the wellbeing of a growing population and attract people to live, work, visit and invest here. 

  • How can Dublin improve the safety and cleanliness of our streets and open spaces?  
  • How can we combat litter and dumping problems?
  • What are the best ways to change anti-social behaviour?  
  • Can low cost technologies help us better monitor and respond to pollution incidents?   
  • How can we better understand how people engage and interact with public space?
  • Are there new ways to promote a more sustainable environment for all?


Emergency response and climate change

Dublin is at risk from a number of flooding hazards including coastal and tidal, river overflow, drainage flooding and surface floods following intense rainfall.

  • How can Dublin better understand, predict and respond to flooding?
  • How can we build long term capacity to protect against emergency events?
  • Are there better ways to alert people as emergency situations evolve?  
  • How can we give people timely information about water quality?
  • How can we better engage and help people protect their properties?   
  • How can Dubliners play their part in building resilience to increasingly frequent extreme weather events and other impacts of climate change?


Efficient buildings and public lighting

Dublin needs to rethink its energy use to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and build long term sustainability and resilience to climate change.  How can we…

  • Promote energy efficiency in public buildings, and for citizens and business users?
  • Are there new ways to obtain more energy data and enable greater energy sharing, while protecting people’s privacy?
  • How do we address energy poverty in our social housing?
  • How do we make our public transport or council fleet more sustainable?
  • Should we be rethinking public lighting to improve the public realm and city services?
  • How do we build energy resilience?

 Data and Information

Access to quality information for better local governance

Dublin needs more and better data to understand how people interact with their city services and to help the city run more efficiently.

  • How can Dublin open up more public information, while protecting data privacy.
  • How do we unlock the social, economic or environmental value of open data?
  • How can we generate more and cheaper data?
  • Can open data improve transparency in local government?
  • How do we build an open data culture and encourage information sharing in the public sector?
  • What kind of data and information do people want?
  • How do we push out relevant information to people in real time?  how can we improve participation and digital literacy?


Smart Dublin

Better communication and engagement with Dubliners

A truly smart Dublin will work together with people and business to engage and encourage active citizenship. 

  • How can local government use technology to engage better with Dubliners?
  • How can people get involved in improving their city and services?  
  • Can we deploy communications infrastructure that allows people better connect with the city?  
  • Can we empower small business through access to technology and data?  
  • How can technology help us grow our tourism, culture and heritage offer?  

Competition launches: 8th March 2016

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