The call has a budget of € 703,590 and foresees the installation of at least 17 new companies for the development of the selected projects in the Digital District.
Alicante, Wednesday January 13, 2021.- Comunitat Valenciana Digital District has put out to tender the organization and development services of 3 programs of international challenges of open innovation, focused respectively on Tourism, Climate Change and Health, for a budget total base of € 703,590 (VAT included). These international calls have the objective of contributing to the development of open innovation projects in three sectors of special importance in the Region of Valencia, as well as forming the Digital District as a tool of “innovative offer” for the creation of a productive fabric aimed at manufacturing In total, they foresee the installation of at least 17 new companies for the development of the selected projects in the Digital District.
The director of Sociedad Proyectos Temáticas de la Comunitat Valenciana (SPTCV) and CEO of Digital District, Antonio Rodes, highlights the value of this type of international calls for talent and projects that, in addition to “operating in sectors of interest to society, allow obtaining a profitability and facilitate the entity to advance in the self-financing of the technological hub ”.
“In this regard, beyond the risk levels that every company assumes when starting a project, the initiatives proposed here reasonably aspire to find returns for SPTCV by obtaining 12% of the contracts or funds that the projects selected for the SPTCV receive. during the first three years of operation of the projects ”, explains Rodes.
This type of initiative has the objective of promoting the attraction of companies and projects from around the world to the Digital District, and also offer new opportunities to companies in the hub and the whole of the Region of Valencia to participate in this type of international challenges. In the three challenges, there is a common need for the companies awarded the three contracts to develop challenges, workshops and an innovation program –in face-to-face, virtual or mixed format depending on the conditions allowed by the state of the pandemic–, to attract startups and projects that can reach the main actors in the respective sectors, and that facilitate the effective transfer of digital solutions from the Digital District in the referred fields.
In the case of the challenge on Tourism, the tender costs € 226,463 (VAT included) in order to promote the organization and development of international open innovation programs. The successful bidder must achieve the implementation of at least 5 new companies in the Digital District, for the duration of the project to be carried out and a minimum of one year.
The objective of this call is to search for new technological solutions that can be implemented in the tourism sector to improve its operability and competitiveness, such as Smart Destination Solutions, or technological initiatives in the field of urban services related to tourism, both in the context of crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic as in normal conditions.
The contract for the organization and development of international open innovation programs on Climate Change has a bid budget of € 238,563 (VAT included). In this case, the successful bidder must achieve the implementation in the Digital District of at least 7 new companies for the duration of the project to be carried out and a minimum of one year. This challenge also aims to attract companies and projects, and promote an effective transfer of digital solutions from the Digital District in relation to the problems caused by meteorological incidents and their consequences.
This initiative is of special interest in the Region of Valencia, given that technological solutions will be sought in relation to climate change, forest fires, pollution, the sustainability of the sea and rivers in terms of their pollution (both by plastics such as industrial discharges, agriculture or the heating of its waters), as well as for public awareness.
The application of these new technological tools will help to predict and prevent natural disasters in real time, and improve the management of disasters, in aspects such as communications, logistics and rescue, among others.
The contract for the organization and development of international open innovation programs in the field of Health amounts to € 238,563 (VAT included) and will entail the implementation in the Digital District of at least 5 new companies dedicated to the HealthTech sector.
In this field, technological solutions should address challenges for the digitization of healthcare management, improving the efficiency and management of hospitals, the use of AI and Big Data for the exploitation of patient data, the telemedicine in aspects such as the creation of emergency provider platforms, the implementation of virtual assistance in homes, advanced clinical microbiology or the connection of patients and remote healthcare control, and precision medicine, among other aspects.