Municipalities are trying their best to keep their citizens safe and informed. However, these complicated times require new approaches on how to keep everyone one step ahead of the virus. Can you find a solution to help both the cities and their citizens to adapt to the new norm?

PROBLEM 1: Fresh and safe air

Problem Owner: The city of Bratislava

Problem Expert:  Petra Dzurovčinová, Chief Innovation Officer, Bratislava – the capital city of SR

The End User
Active citizens – families with kids, young people wanting to stay active outside. They care about their health, but need regular outings. 

They use social media and are active internet users – they know how to find information that are visually accessible

As the municipality, we care about our citizens and their health and support access to fresh air and nature. However, we would like to make it safe for everyone and avoid larger gatherings in public spaces. We would like to help our citizens to make informed decisions about going outside for fresh air and physical activities. 

The optimal means of information are through a web-application, updated real-time in intervals of at least 1 hour and precision of at least 80%. It should use easy visualization, e.g. red for “too many people!”, orange for “already enough-be careful”, green for “you are good to go”. 

The solution should not require specific installation of application, should enable integration of API for third-parties and ideally avoid collection of user data. 

Similar solutions (for inspiration)

Available resources

  • Google maps recording live visitor traffic (potential data scrapping)
  • Google maps feature for density indication (red, orange, green)
  • Sygic – sample data for Bratislava (location data for march 2020)
  • Waze data
  • Sample data from telco providers
  • City open data platform – density of population
  • Open street maps – identification of popular places



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Problem: Culture at Kosice

Owner of challenge: Creative Industry Košice

Garant of the challenge: Michal Hladký, Executive director of CIKE

End User
Due to a Covid-19, cultural operators, artists, curators, clubs, galeries, museums and similar institutions have completely lost the ability to perform and get stuck within the online universum. Nonetheless, they would still prefer to keep the community alive, until things return to normal. They have a need to communicate, share the content and find a new business model for their online operations.

Problem description
Covid-19 has caused a complete shutdown of all cultural gatherings, clubs and centers. Theaters, music shops, festivals and artists has lost the means of their living – spectators. There certainly is a plenty of online platforms and technologies, which are partly capable of substitute live experience, but perhaps right now is the time to explore new ways of business models by relocating parts of activities to virtual world with gamification models, cryptocurrencies, new models of content creation, audience building, communication, sharing of content among different stakeholders or co-production.

We would love to see a real-world applicable use-cases, ideally MVP.

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PROBLEM 3: Helping seniors

Problem owner: Kosice city 

Target group:
The target group is seniors. At this moment, information spreading is more crucial for them than ever before. As the most vulnerable group to coronavirus, seniors need to be sure that they can turn to someone for help (ideally to their municipality). Also, because of the coronavirus, they are more dependent on support from others, primarily when it comes to getting groceries, medicine, or paying bills.

Description of the problem:
One of the main issues is that seniors have limited access to technology, therefore, to information. Also, while other age groups use the internet to socialize, seniors do not have this privilege most of the time or do not have the skillset, to use such technology. And usually, it is socializing, and occasional walks, what seniors lack the most.

It is questionable whether they have possibilities to be online. It is necessary to find a platform that would reach them and provide them with crucial information. Cities and municipalities would be able to prevent the elderly from worsening their physical health conditions while also taking care of their mental health. 

Being correctly informed would prevent them from feeling lonely and cut-off from the rest of the world as well as depending on TV news, which often misleads, and creates panic. Our goal is for seniors to feel safe and keep a positive mindset.

Available data
A database of seniors living in the city. We will work with a fictional database, considering the GDPR.

Existing solutions
A survey was done in the Czech Republic, about how to reach this age group. However, we have not registered any particular solution.