In 2014 Park Strijp Beheer (PSB) a public private partnership between Volker Wessels and Eindhoven City Council initiated Smart Strijp-S. Diverse stakeholders were gathered with an express intention to collaborate on a road-map of projects, under the umbrella of Smart City innovation, that would respond to current problems and needs in the area whilst capitalising on the innovative Living-Lab position of Strijp-S.
Lorna Goulden, Director of Creative Innovation Works, was commisioned to develop a strategic vision to help define the direction for the this multi-stakeholder initiative. A vision that would incorporate expert knowledge and insights from a wide range of emerging developments and trends in the Smart Cities domain whilst also reflecting on the unique characteristics and diversity of needs and interests of the Strijp-S area — both now and in the future.
Research, analysis and existing knowledge was combined to generate four core ‘building-blocks’ to capture the key characteristics —synergies, challenges, approaches, directions and insights — applicable for Smart Strijp-S.
These building blocks: WHY — WHAT — HOW — WHO formed the input for stakeholder workshops facilitated by Goulden, and hosted by PSB at Strijp-S, to discuss and further refine the vision based on feedback from the diverse key stakeholder representatives.
"The vision for S-mart Strijp-S has emerged from within an overarching position of Strijp-S as ‘creative city’ and ‘living-lab’. An identity as much determined by the urban environment with its compilation of renovated and new architecture, public and private space, permanent and transitory elements as by the unique community dynamically forming within its urban boundaries. An identity further established by layers of content from a diversity of regular, transient and ‘pop-up’ activities and events, as well as the uniquely embedded enablers such as the advanced technical infrastructure and the human resources of interest groups, urban tribes, creative and cultural custodians.
The goal of S-mart Strijp-S is to activate urban innovation for value creation that enhances the general well-being of individuals and the community; to improve and maintain quality of life (QoL). QoL can be considered to be the perceived quality of the emotional, social, and physical aspects of an individuals daily life. A key driving force behind this goal will be the sustainable management of the different resources that impact QoL. The S-mart Strijp-S vision incorporates a broader perspective on resource sustainability, going beyond natural resources to incorporate an equal emphasis on urban and human resources; nurturing the conditions for both a thriving and a resilient community." (Goulden, L (2015) Smart Strijp-S Vision).
One of the intiatives leading on from the vision has been the initiation of the iCity fund by Park Strijp Beheer in 2016
"We believe in cities that provide a more social, comfortable and sustainable way of living. The iCity fund is challenging SME entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop innovative products and services that use the power of the community and increase the quality of life. We are looking to fund business models that connect people with each other and with their surroundings. Our living-lab to 'test drive' these products and services is the smart city Strijp-S in Eindhoven. This area functions as a launch market where ideas can be developed into solutions that can be scaled and replicated in other smart cities."
This stimulus fund offers a maximum loan of 40,000 euro. Request for funding must meet a number of requirements. Products and/or services must:
- be innovative
- improve the quality of life
- fall within one of these themes: safety and comfort, mobility and energy, or fun and entertainment
- be developed within the described Smart City layers
- have an influence on the public space
- be generic and replicable
- be scalable
- increase employment within the area
- have a solid business model