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Call for Digital Solutions enabling Citizen Engagement in Sustainable Cities (United States)

Call for Digital Solutions enabling Citizen Engagement in Sustainable Cities (United States)

Deadline: 10 July 2020

ENGIE North America is seeking digital solutions to enable/strengthen engagement and participation of a city’s residents with ENGIE and the city during the implementation of energy, infrastructure projects in cities across North America.

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The goals of the digital solution would be to ensure that everyone has access to current project information, and to allow the public to express itself as the project progresses. This ensures that the project owner can take into account local aspirations when defining and running the project and strengthens local acceptability. Their objective is that the digital tools enhance consultative approach by helping project owners develop innovative and well-suited communication tools, manage debates, and capture every point of view.

Objectives

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To test and develop innovative, participatory digital consultation solutions that bring together a maximum number of citizens and stakeholders in the project region.
To inform these stakeholders about projects in development, in an attractive and playful way.
To collect their contributions in an efficient and collaborative way.
To animate and facilitate the emergence of consensus
The digital solution ENGIE’s seeking must meet all the needs related to consultation and other specific aspects such as:

Mapping issues and actors,
Teaching and pedagogy
Gathering citizen opinions ( with a focus around local discussions in the social media )
Organizing public discussions ( with the relevant citizen group at the relevant time )
Building consensus
Monitoring and providing continuous information during the course of the project
The proposed solution must :

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Include a digital application (web and mobile) that creates a dynamic link between citizens, local stakeholders and the renewable energy project developer.
Provide a tool for intelligently managing consultation data collected from citizens.
Provide digital and non-digital interfaces for actions that can be carried out physically at the local level,such as innovative tools for coordinating consultation meetings.
Use pedagogical technologies such as virtual visits or 3D immersion interfaces.
The solutions must be sufficiently mature to be tested under real conditions within 1 year maximum.

Benefits

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Selected projects will get special support from ENGIE North America and its academic partners to:

Test the solution under real conditions in connection with a project located in the US.
Develop business partnerships and operational projects.
Be in contact with experts from the ENGIE Group.
An opportunity for investment consideration by ENGIE New Ventures, the corporate venture arm of ENGIE.
Be highlighted in ENGIE Group’s national and international events and communication media.
Eligibility Criteria

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The submission and the solutions must be in English
Solutions must be deployable in the USA
Preference will be given to solutions from the USA
Suitability for the subject
Originality/innovativeness of the project
Costs/feasibility and economic viability
Maturity/time to operational rollout
Ease of use
For more information, visit https://innovation.engie.com/en/detail/opportunities/call-for-digital-solutions-enabling-citizen-engagment-in-sustainable-cities/13644

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