SCORE Partner Meeting in Amsterdam
By Juliette Tenart, Bax & Company
The SCORE project is slowly but surely approaching its end date (August 2022). Therefore, it was crucial to gather as many partners as possible in the same room, regain momentum and focus all together on the last project activities, plan for the legacy of the project and on how to maximise the impact in each city for the remaining months. The agenda was designed to facilitate the right conversations on these topics; find the main takeaways below:
Meetings are the perfect opportunity for partners to present their solutions in the format of a short business case pitch. Solution leaders are asked to answer simple questions that are often the foundation for effective co-development and replication. Questions include: What does the solution do? What datasets are used? Who is using it? How? What are the expected benefits?
The pitches are recorded, turned into short videos and spread through SCORE’s and partners’ social media for spreading the word about the solutions! You can find them here, and stay tuned for videos of the Adaption of the IoT Registry to the ITS project map and Quality Analysis Tool for SPaT Forecast by the city of Hamburg, Badplats by the city of Gothenburg, Indoor air quality solutions by the University of Bradford and finally, the work on Virtual Bradford by the city of Bradford.
Solution working tables
Another SCORE classics are the solution working tables. One of the key approaches of the project is the co-development of open source solutions as a way to decrease the solution development time and cost. It is therefore key for partners to sit down, get updated on the latest solution development progress and see how they might get involved. It is also a moment for feedback and for sharing experiences from other cities. The solution working tables often lead to accelerated and enriched development, overall leading to the delivery of improved services for citizens.
Replication experiences and opportunities
A new meeting is also the chance to look back at the past experiences and attempt to create solution replication and focus on the remaining opportunities for the upcoming months. Different cities such as Ghent, Bradford, Hamburg tried out proper replication of the MasterPortal. We have seen the challenge of this, replicating can be done but guaranteeing the use once replicated and the maintenance is another challenge. Keeping replication in mind from the start while developing a solution makes it easier for others to jump in and replicate. This is what happened with the QR Code toolkit developed by District09. During the meeting, we heard from the cities of Dordrecht and Aarhus on how they are replicating and using this solution in their cities. Finally, we are also reaching a stage in the project where we have to acknowledge that replication is never black or white; What is replication? What is inspiration? Can solutions really be 100% replicated and used in different cities in Europe? Even if the urban challenges might be common, the data and context we start from are different and cannot be addressed in the same way.
Focusing on the last year of the project means focusing on the legacy of the project once it has ended, once the partnership is not meeting on a regular basis, does not have a commitment towards the project and no allocated budget. How can the work achieved in SCORE, namely the solutions, keep being used, developed and improved? How can learnings be spread across each organisation and not only rely on the few colleagues involved in the project? And how can we spread them to even more organisations? Different strategies were discussed in small groups including the capture of SCORE experiences and learnings on how the SCORE approaches contribute to reducing solution time development, reducing costs while increasing the overall satisfaction of end users.
Ending SCORE also strengthens the need to connect the SCORE bubble to already existing networks such as the Open and Agile Smart City (OASC) network. It is facilitated through the SCORE solutions being published on the CxC Catalogue, through the signature of the Living-in.eu Join, Boost, Sustain declaration and the adoption of the Minimum Interoperable Mechanisms (MIMs).
Being in Amsterdam, leader in the Smart City field and the lead partner of SCORE, also was the opportunity to hear more about the municipality’s latest innovations. Colleagues from the Amsterdam Apps team presented their work developing a city app for making life of residents easier and more inclusive. Colleagues from the VNG, the Dutch association of municipalities, presented the progress with Signalen and the struggles encountered when it comes to building ecosystems for public collaboration. Finally, the AMS institute also joined us for an insightful demo on data visualisation.
Very soon, the next round of solution business case videos will be released, and partners will turn the nice discussions and inputs from this partner meeting into actions to ensure impact locally and have a strong legacy in Europe. Finally, the partners look forward to meeting again, most likely and hopefully in Gothenburg, Sweden in February 2022.