From 15 September to 15 October, Toulouse Metropole is for the second year launching its Call for Projects to promote citizen initiatives and develop actions proposed or backed by citizens, groups of citizens and associations to serve the quality of life over the region. Four categories are open this year.
After its first edition in 2016 with 72 project applications, the "Co-construct the Open Metropolis" Call for Citizens' Projects was relaunched in partnership with the Usages Laboratory, FabLab Artilect, the Première Brique social innovation incubator, the Caisse des Dépôts, le Catalyseur and EDF who undertook with Toulouse Metropole to accompany and/or finance the prize-winners.
What is the Open Metropolis?
The Toulouse Smart City "Open Metropolis" approach seeks to build a sustainable, adaptable, efficient and breathable metropolis availed of easy and fluid mobility, recognised internationally yet firmly rooted in its rich past, friendly and intergenerational, more beautiful, clean and safe. For further information on the approach
Call for Citizen Projects
This aims to promote citizen initiatives and develop actions proposed or backed by citizens, groups of citizens and associations to improve quality of life over the region. See the 2016 prize-winners.
In 2017, the Call for Citizens' Projects is broken down into four categories: Bright Idea, Helping Hand and Kick-off and a special prize aimed at students.
Bright Idea: Idea proposed by an inhabitant or a collective group of inhabitants
"What we suggest for the City of tomorrow"
Inhabitants or groups of inhabitants won't be in a position to implement their ideas by themselves. That is rather the prerogative of the Metropolis as a local authority. The first results can be expected in 2018.
Note too that an on-line selection by citizens will be opened from 20 October to 10 November to select the best projects that will be put to the final jury
Prize: Toulouse Metropole undertakes to implement the prizewinning project within the scope of Smart City.
Helping Hand: a project backed by a collective group of inhabitants
"We're working for the City of tomorrow"
Your project has gone beyond the stage of just being a "clever idea" and the ground work for deployment has already been done and the action plan set up. But there's still the need for some outside support to really get it going or maybe it needs to be boosted by support from Toulouse Metropole and its partners to extend it, make it better known, have it progress… Such a project can be sustained by a collective group of inhabitants or a non-profit making legal structure (association or cooperative).
Prize: Toulouse Metropole and the partners in the Call for Projects undertake to give a helping hand through getting the project implemented and/or accompanying it and facilitating its deployment over the metropolitan region (e.g., development of a prototype, organisational assistance, lending equipment, provision of the Metropolis's services, etc.).
Kick-off: a project supported by an associative/cooperative structure
"My association works for the City of tomorrow"
Your project is supported by a non-profit legal structure. The project is in the design phase before implementation.
Prize: An endowment of 8,000 Euros maximum will be paid to the legal structure to get the project up and running (within the limit of the project's planned expenditure).
Special prize 2017: a project to be experimented on the Rangueil campus
"Students and players in higher education experimenting the city of tomorrow"
Your project must be supported by one or more students or players in research and academia at the Federal University UFTMiP. The theme imposed is as follows: "connected systems and services for individual or private means of transport outside public transport, that is cycling, roller skating, scooters, cars, etc".
Prize: Experimentation on the Rangueil campus and accompaniment by the Catalyser
Download the rules (.pdf format)
A pre-selection of projects will be conducted by a jury made up of the Call for Projects partners who will select at most 3 projects per category. The pre-selected participants will be invited to give a vive voce presentation of their proposal to the final jury final on 24 November 2017.
- 15 September 2017: Launch date for the Call for Citizens' projects
- 15 October 2017 until one minute before midnight (23.59): Final date for reception of applications on line by email or by the post
- From 20 October to 10 November: on-line vote on "Bright Idea" projects
- 20 November 2017: final date for pre-selected participants
- 24 November 2017: Vive voce presentation of finalised projects – deliberation of the jury
- 5 December 2017: Award of prizes at the Smart City Forum
Call for Citizens' Projects
Co-constructing the Open Metropolis
Call for Citizens' Smart City Projects: the prize-winners
On 7 December 2016, at the Smart City Forum, Toulouse Metropole announced the prize-winners of the Call for Citizens Projects to co-construct the Open Metropolis of tomorrow, with the inhabitants, local authorities and associations.
In October 2016, Toulouse Metropole launched a call for projects to promote citizen initiatives and develop actions proposed or supported by citizens, groups of citizens and associations to better the quality of life over the region. It came under three categories: Bright Idea, Helping Hand and Kick-off.
Bright Idea category nominees
- Ô bulles roses : Identifying, concretising, fitting out and developing "Ô bulles roses" miniature public spaces dedicated to a slower way of life offering opportunities to meet and fostering social exchange.
- WEB platform : Set-up of an on-line platform to exchange ideas on projects supported by the municipality, the metropolis or suggested by associations.
- Information on urban developments with totems : Set-up of a QR code on these totems referring to the practical (calendar, image and description) and cultural content on the neighbourhood's history.
Prize-winner: Information on urban re-organisation with totems
Prize: Toulouse Metropole will implement the project retained within the scope of Smart City.
Helping hand category nominees
- Inhabitants group : University project to install orchards and agro-ecological gardens on the Toulouse Rangueil campus.
- Outings straight from home : Organising cultural and gastronomic outings accessible to senior citizens with reduced mobility but keen to discover new things and who like fine food.
- Saint Cypr' quartier libre and Arènes - St Cyprien neighbourhood committees : Building a collaborative web platform to foster dialogue and exchanges between associations and inhabitants over a given region.
Prize-winner: Saint Cypr' quartier libre and Arènes - St Cyprien neighbourhood committees
Prize: Toulouse Metropole and the partner FabLab Artilect accompany the project for its implementation over the region of the Metropolis.
Kick-off category nominees
- Café des Spores, association : Installing urban farms in abandoned locations (cellars, hangars, garages, etc.) to grow mushrooms (oyster mushrooms and shiitakes) on coffee grounds.
- Allô Bernard, association : Developing proximity services via a neighbourhood caretaker (conciergerie) service at Arnaud Bernard located in Toulouse City centre.
- Citoy'enR, association : Creating a renewable energy production cooperative over the Toulouse urban area.
Prize-winner: Allô Bernard
Prize: An endowment of 10,000 Euros from the Caisse des Dépôts, partner in the Call for Projects.
This Call for Projects is jointly designed in partnership with the Usages Laboratory whose animation has been entrusted by the Metropolis to Ekito, the Artilect FabLab, the Première Brique social innovation incubator and the Caisse des Dépôts.