UPSIDE – Development of User-Driven Participatory Solutions for Innovation in Digitally-Centered Ecosystems

UPSIDE (User-Driven Participatory Solutions for Innovation in Digitally-centered Ecosystems) is an ambitious FP7 project focusing on increasing the competitiveness of five European cluster regions:

Eindhoven (Netherlands), Karlsruhe (Germany), Kista (Sweden), Maribor (Slovenia) and Tartu (Estonia). Tartu is represented in the consortium by BIA and Tartu City Government

The aim of UPSIDE is to foster the convergence of the digital research and innovation agendas of leading ICT clusters in the partner regions and their home city administrations, which have a strong policy dedication to digital services. The project aims at promoting the development of cooperation frameworks and synergy linkages between research, innovation activities within the companies as well as open innovation, urban development policies and open user-driven innovation ecosystems. A particular emphasis is on building testbeds for scalable smart city solutions provided by innovative SMEs, and facilitate the internationalisation of such solutions.

Building on the priorities of the cities involved in the project and the estimated market potential, the UPSIDE partners will focus on the following fields of action:

  • health, including ambient assisted living,
  • new solutions for public transport (intelligent transport systems) / intelligent mobility,
  • public services (e- and m-Government), and
  • energy (energy autarkic cities)

The envisioned activities were completed in 2016; UPSIDE´s budget amounts to 2.6 MEUR.

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