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JPI Urban Europe held a brokerage event on the 30th of May as part of the JPI Urban Europe Conference in Brussels, where city representatives were invited to pitch their cities’ challenges and discuss them with researchers and industrial actors.
Nine different cities brought up for discussion challenges they face as diverse as ‘big data’ and ’emissions from construction sites’. Participants could benefit from a unique setting that facilitated interaction between the large number of cities present, researchers and business representatives. The meeting resulted in fruitful discussions and input directly targeted at resolving the different matters from the cities’ pitches.
The event was a pivotal part in the tailoring of the upcoming innovation call Making Cities Work that aims to meet the need of cities. The call aims for innovation projects, which implement knowledge and work towards solutions for concrete urban challenges.
The topics that emerge from this brokerage event will be taken up in the call. This call will open in fall 2017 and will close in spring 2018. After evaluation, the selected projects can start in the summer 2018.