The Government of Karnataka in partnership with SUEZ, BWSSB and NUMA launches the first DATACITY program in Asia

  • DATACITY Bengaluru aims at solving the burning urban challenges of Bengaluru’s citizens by leveraging the startup power of the city.
  • The open-innovation partnership between Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and SUEZ (French-based leading utility company which operates largely in the water treatment and waste management sectors) is to collaborate and foster innovation in the city
  • Bengaluru joins the innovative cities of the world in launching its own data-driven open innovation program following the leads of Paris, Casablanca, Berlin, Barcelona etc.

Bangaluru, November 23rd, 2018: The Government of Karnataka announced today the launch of the first ‘DATACITY’ program in Asia in collaboration with SUEZ, BWSSB and NUMA, a French innovation hub headquartered in Paris that engages with startups, cities, and corporations to foster innovation and solve global challenges. DATACITY is an international open innovation program building innovative solutions to answer the challenges of global cities. It brings together city authorities, corporates and startups to address cities' challenges and develop innovative solutions to build sustainable and efficient cities, using data and technology. DATACITY is a 7-month long program that aims at bringing together the City of Bengaluru and the Corporates to co-create a problem statement, to identify relevant innovative startups from a pool of applications and to experiment the solutions that are crafted using data provided by the city of Bengaluru and the Corporates.

The areas of opportunity that could be explored during DATACITY are- Smart Mobility, Water and Waste Management, Energy, Smart Buildings, Transparency & Security and pollution management.

“Growing cities are facing tremendous challenges in terms of services and infrastructure provision. We must join our forces to find solutions. Collaboration is key to innovation: it is the smart collaboration that will help build smarter cities” - Mr. Gaurav Gupta, IAS

“Our collaboration with NUMA has been to support the Group's digital strategy for the development of resilient and sustainable cities. SUEZ participated in the DATACITY open innovation program, organized since 2015 by the NUMA incubator with the City of Paris, the French State, and private sector companies, which aimed to meet the challenges of cities with the help of data. The program transformed Paris into a giant playground to test new urban solutions devised by entrepreneurs through the use of existing data. In 2017, DATACITY went international and launched its first edition of DATACITY Casablanca with Lydec as its partner.

In India, we want to engage in open innovation program wherein we want to build a collaborative ecosystem involving customers, innovative start-ups, experts, researchers, and our team to work together to develop solutions. This is the main objective of our partnership with NUMA.” - Mr Shyam J Bhan (MD / CEO, SUEZ INDIA BA)

“ 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050. We need to address today our urban challenges to build the cities of tomorrow. NUMA designed DATACITY to help creating these concrete solutions with the potential to be replicated and scaled across cities of the global DATACITY network” - Ms Souad Tenfiche, CEO NUMA Bengaluru

About NUMA:

NUMA is an international innovation and learning hub for the digital age. We build future-proof learning organizations and tech startups by making change happen faster with greater impact.

For 18 years now, NUMA has worked with corporates across industries to support them with their digital transformation, internal innovation and ecosystem connect with startups and other enablers. Today in Bangalore, NUMA supports Airbus, Total, Tata communications, Alstom, Rolls-Royce, Shell and many other large MNCs in their innovation journey, while accelerating the growth of AI & ML startups via the NUMA AI hub and the NUMA powered acceleration programs across India.

NUMA launched the first edition of the open innovation program DATACITY in Paris in 2015. Till date, more than 40 challenges have been successfully solved in Paris, Casablanca, Berlin and Barcelona.