Open Innovation Competition

Better Cities Competition

Competition is now closed.

We received a huge volume of entries. Judging was difficult as all the entries were excellent.

The winning entries are as follows: (well done all)

General Competition.

Winner: Barry McAdam

Wins 1st Prize – Dell Inspiron laptop and two tickets to the Gala dinner

Short Description:

DubCred is aimed at engaging both Dublin City Council (DCC) and citizens of the city in a process aimed at creating a shared interest in the future of the city.

DubCred is a system where citizens use an app to rate and review city amenities.  The more they engage, the more DubCreds they get.  DCC then rewards users with high DubCreds with free city experiences (e.g. free entry to events, amenities etc.).

DCC collects data for all of the DubCreds awarded through the app.  This data is made freely available to app users to see what amenities and events are popular so that they can engage more with DCC amenities and events over time.

DCC can also use the data to see what works and doesn’t work for citizens across the city.  This would help target budgets to where it matters.

What next?  Water, transport anything…


2nd Place: Ricky Jacob

Wins 2nd Prize – Motorola Razr i Smartphone

Short Description:

Open Car Sensing + Real-time analytics = Smart ‘Greener’ City

Lots of people use cars to commute to work and usually leads to traffic congestion and slow moving traffic. Smartphones provide us with information about location and extra information via other sensors integrated in the phone. On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) II dongle with blue-tooth connected to car can help us obtain various information about the car. Citizens can help becoming sensors helping in decision making and other citizens requiring different kinds of information.

While travelling the user has an app running on a smartphone app.. This app collects OB-II data from the car along with other data from the various sensors on the phone and location information (real-time vehicle tracking) is sent to the server. In the server this data is collected, processed, analysed and visualised. The collected data from various such resources can help prepare heatmaps of pollution levels, traffic congestion, etc. Decision makers can use this information via the dashboard. Citizens can get relevant information on their mobile devices.

Based on the analysis, we can achieve better understanding of the transportation network and thus provide better services with regards to arrival time of buses through useful insights about effective use of such services. This can thus improve the quality of service for public transport use and effectively use private vehicles. This data can be combined with data from pedestrians (smartphone app for real-time tracking), cyclists, train travellers, etc to provide meaningful insights about the load on the transportation network.


3rd Place: Laura Ivers

Wins 3rd Prize – A meal for two at The Morrison Grill, sponsored by The Morrison Hotel.

Short Description:

We propose a ‘Smart Ticket’ system to replace paper and card ticketing systems for commuter transport services. Digital ticketing would be a much more environmentally sustainable system than the current one, replacing the amount of waste and litter resulting from short lived and discarded commuter transport tickets.

Users would be able to pay their bus fare, top up their accounts, access their travel records and access real time information concerning commuter services and passenger data all through their smart phones. Commuter service providers would also benefit from the constant stream of real time information and the growth it would provide for their services.

The process is realistically technically feasible through the use of either RFID chip technology, bluetooth technology, QR code or barcode scanning or simply ‘checking in’ with the on board Wifi.

Student Competition.

Winner: Charles Ward

Wins 1st Prize – Ultrabook

Short description:

The idea for came from the idea that it is only recently that we have been able to use the benefits that come with technology in the policy making process. The idea is an app that people could get on their smartphones where users can take a picture of a problem or issue in their local constituency with a short caption or poll to go with it. User’s then “upvote” or “downvote” issues that they deem important on the app, and policy makers get a better feel for the will of the people as well as the fact that people can relay their problems to policy makers a lot faster. Thus information technology is used to gather data from people to make city’s more sustainable.


2nd Place: Michael O’Byrne

Wins 2nd Prize – XPS tablet

Short Description:

This clip shows a demonstration of an app which is designed to help improve the quality of people’s daily commute. The app is centred around the user. Since most people tend to travel a limited number routes, most often at similar times of the day, the app would incorporate this information and use it to notify the user about events which are likely to affect them.

Another feature of the app is the ability to make informed suggestions about alternative routes/modes of travel around the city based on analysing real-time information. For example, the app may suggest that Dublin bike would be a suitable alternative for a given journey if, and only if, there are bikes available at the bike station in question.

Finally, the app would allow users to comment on the traffic, thereby providing a source of qualitative information to supplement the raw traffic data. This would include the ability to interactively pin-point the location of a traffic ‘hot-spot’ or a crash on the map to inform other commuters.

Overall, this app should help achieve a smoother and more predictable commute.


3rd Place: Niall Byrne

Wins 3rd Prize – e-book reader

Short Description:

The name of my idea is Student Ad-app-tation:
With the increasing costs of living, particularly in cities and cuts in educations grants, students in 3rd level education have had to adapt to the harsh economic climate. Through this we have gained information and skills that could be useful in helping other students. Whether this involves advice on where to find bargains for grocery shopping, or where to find the best second hand books I believe every Irish student has some advice to contribute which is what inspired my idea. I believe a website that enables students to post their advice relevant to lifestyle topics (accommodation, budget shopping, study advice etc.) would enable students to not only help each other but help themselves to achieve social and economic stability  through the use of open data and information technology. This would be accessible to any student with a downloadable app for students on the go.

Competition theme

The theme of the competition was how to make our cities more socially and economically sustainable, through use of open data and information technology.  Particular focus was to be given to how citizens can engage and contribute to the innovation process.

We hope that you enjoyed creating your vision of a better city and wish to thank all those who participated – your vision may help create Your Future City

Prizes kindly sponsored by:

intel  DCC  TCD  Morrison Logo Pink