Digital Demo Stockholm is an innovation partnership between the public sector, academia and industry that through digital solutions will facilitate and improve life quality for the citizens in the Stockholm region. The project partners are some of the worlds leading organizations in tech, energy, communication-technology and research. The public sector academia and industry – together we will make Stockholm the world’s smartest city 2040.
Digital Demo Stockholm practices the Triple Helix model, where public affairs, academia and corporations collaborates to solve a number of social challenges through the development of smart digital features. Simultaneously, new knowledge is created for future needs and business opportunities increase.
One of the current social challenges is to create a safe living situation for senior citizens. Examples of digital solutions can be technology that facilitates the everyday life and increases the ability to feel fellowship with other people. Another challenge is the strained situation of the traffic. One possible digital solution is to develop smart traffic lights that will improve traffic flow and increase accessibility for the public transportation. A life on equal terms for vulnerable societal groups is also a challenge in which digital solutions can contribute. It can be about creating access to digital technology that provides opportunities for an optimistic view of future and reassurance.
The access to clean water may seem obvious, nonetheless it is a challenge to ensure long-term water supply for the region. In this case too, digital technology can be used, both to improve operation and maintenance, and to measure quality.
Digital solutions emerge through research and development projects, so-called demos, where researchers and technicians collaborate in developing useful technologies. They provide solutions that can be tested, demonstrated and evaluated. When a demo shows good results, conditions are created for using it in several places, both in Stockholm and elsewhere in Sweden and globally.
Digital Demo Stockholm started in 2016 and is a collaboration that is expected to last for several years. The parties involved in DDS are Region Stockholm, City of Stockholm, ABB, Ericsson, Skanska and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
One idea is to also establish a dynamic ecosystem that utilizes the power of innovation amongst the citizens in Stockholm. Consequently, Digital Demo Stockholm will also collaborate with different centers, companies and researchers who can contribute to the development of digital solutions.
The interdisciplinary working method within Digital Demo Stockholm is being developed with the support of Vinnova.