The 1st round of Smart City Challenge Calls is being advertised by Reading Borough Council on behalf of the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster project. This first Call consists of four Challenges, focusing on tackling loneliness, reducing falls in the elderly, supporting independence in travel and targeting investment to improve energy efficiency in homes. Each Challenge will involve a development and pilot phase so that the benefits can be evaluated and knowledge can be shared as these are common challenges faced by councils across the UK. Grants of up to £100,000 are available for each Challenge.
If you are a business who is interested, the Call has been published by Reading Borough Council on the Reading Borough Council In-Tend portal under the title Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster 1st Challenge Fund Call (https://in-tendhost.co.uk/readingbc/aspx/Tenders/Current).
An information event is being held on 24th April 2019 at the Marketing Suit, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6GP. Event will begin at 6:30pm (Pizza will be provided) for a 7:00pm start and will consist of a presentation overview of the 1st Call and an opportunity for questions. We will also publish the answers to questions on the portal for those that cannot attend. The event will also be an opportunity for those looking to make contacts and partner up. If you wish to attend the event please register at https://www.meetup.com/Internet-of-Things-Thames-Valley/events/260532428/