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Are you a 4IR Start-up? A company developing Smart City technologies?  Or, an innovator ready to prototype innovative Covid-19 responses?


The City of Johannesburg's Smart City Office, in collaboration with Tshimologong Innovation Precinct, invites you to submit proposals for smart city innovative solutions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and to share your innovative ideas on how we can go into the future together.


The lockdown protocols have ignited new thinking about the future of our City and its residents. Therefore, the aim of the Smart City Innovation Challenge is to find and develop digital technology solutions that respond to urban and community challenges faced by the City in the new normal resulting from Covid-19.


The solutions sought should either save lives or support livelihoods:


  • Saving Lives solutions are those that will enable detection, tracking, and prediction of the spread of the virus, enhance communication and improve healthcare and security in the city.

  • Supporting livelihood solutions are those that help the City and its citizens reduce vulnerability, improve food security, and uphold human dignity. These are solutions that may additionally enable the city citizens to be entrepreneurial and find new ways to sustain themselves.


    Lawrence Boya, the Smart City Office Leader, state that “This innovation call is an opportunity for innovators of our City to bring forward their innovative solutions to help our City respond in a smarter way to challenges posed by Covid-19. We also hope to use this initiative to help to grow innovation in Joburg and thus make Joburg the Leading African City of Innovation."


    The two winning applications will be taken into a rapid development and prototype launching process through a virtual bootcamp and prototyping grant of R100 000 each. This will be followed by opportunity for further funding to take at least one solution into implementation.


    This will be a collaborative effort between start-ups, corporate companies, investors, hubs, makerspaces, and the government brought to you by the City of Johannesburg's Smart City Office.


    To find out more about the challenge details and how to apply, visit the City of Johannesburg website - and go to Campaigns - Youth Enterprises Info - Smart City Innovation Challenge or follow the link below:



    Issued by the City of Joburg


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