Rising populations, aging infrastructure, and climate change pose serious challenges for cities across the world. With 70 percent of cities already dealing with the effects of climate change, and a projected 68 percent of the world projected to be living in cities by 2050, smart cities and urban technologies are essential investments for a sustainable and equitable urban future.
Cities have already become testbeds for new and disruptive technologies, and are committed to building inclusive economies, attracting great talent, and increasing citizens’ quality of life.
Solving tomorrow’s challenges today
NYC has some of the largest infrastructure systems in the world, including public transit, water, waste, and telecommunications. The rapid development creates new market opportunities for companies worldwide, as the city search for the best smart solutions to improve multiple aspects of the quality of life.
During fall, the Danish Cleantech Hub in New York teamed up with Gate 21 and a group of challenge owners consisting of the International Nighttime Design Initiative (NTD), the VOREA Group (VOREA) and Long Island City Partnership (LICP) to solve tomorrow’s challenges faster through the international project, Access Cities.
Developing holistic solutions
Financed by the Danish Industry Foundation, Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate 21 facilitated a workshop and gathered eight Danish companies to work with common challenges across based on the 12th Street challenge submitted by NTD, VOREA and LICP with the goal of developing holistic, well-tested and innovative solutions.
Read more about the 12th Street Challenge HERE.
Accelerating knowledge sharing
On November 30th 2020 six Danish companies Ocutune, Out-Sider, Felicity Smart Infrastructure, Photocat, DanIntra and Novalume pitched their solutions at the virtual pitch event in front of the challenge owners and more than 20 public and private New York actors. The pitch event was a unique opportunity for Danes and Americans to join forces and share knowledge and expertise within smart city solutions of the future.
The event can be watched HERE.
About Access Cities
Access Cities is an international, public-private project, which aims to strengthen sustainable urban development in five project cities: New York City, Singapore, Munich and the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. The project connects actors working with sustainable urban development in the pursuit of game-changing solutions to common issues confronting cities.
About the organizers
Danish Cleantech Hub
Danish Cleantech Hub is an international public-private partnership. The founding partners are The Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green. Danish Cleantech Hub work with a variety of partners including public agencies, private business, universities, and NGOs in order to tell New York the story of the green transition of Denmark.
Gate 21 is a partnership network that can deliver on the goal of being a green leader in energy conversion, green mobility, the circular economy and green digital solutions. Gate 21 test green solutions, based on public demand, which can be scaled and spread across the whole country – for inspiration to the rest of the world.