Good afternoon everyone it is good to be here today for this wonderful event in our new Convention Centre. As you know this event is one of the centre pieces of Innovation Dublin Festival a topic that I will return to in a few moments. This opening slide is a reminder that Dublin is an International Gateway City but we must trade and connect within the global economy and we have to be very conscious of this. I am going to approach the topic of Cities as Innovation Eco-Systems from the perspective of Dublin City Council and give you some information on our approach in helping to make Dublin an Innovation Eco-System
If you read the report of the Innovation Task Force they describe the key elements of a national innovation eco-system as Having entrepreneurs and enterprises (indigenous and foreign owned) Having investment in research and development Having an education system, in particular higher education institutions that foster innovation Having available finance, in particular risk capital Having an appropriate tax and regulatory environment Having the right public policies and institutions that promote innovation Based on current innovation benchmarks Ireland has work to do in some areas. But under some headings does very well. Ireland ranked 7th in EU Innovation Index in 2008. Although Mazars for example rated Ireland as among the World’s most competitive locations for research and development investment. Getting back to the Innovation Eco-System, in my job working with the elected members I can exert a positive influence under some of the proposed eco-system headings but most especially on the issue of local policy and institutional approach. So I am going to provide you with some snippets about initiatives we have and are undertaking to make Dublin attractive for entrepreneurs and enterprise
Our vision for the city as set out in our Corporate Plan is appropriate - To drive Dublin forward as a creative and sustainable City and be a place where Family, Community and the Economy can prosper together – people at the centre But when it comes to policy the overarching document for the city is the City Development Plan. We are working with the Elected Members of the Council so that we will have a revised plan for publication agreed before the end of the year We have put a strong focus on embedding economic objectives in the plan proposing that they become established policy within the CDP including the designation of the economic corridors and emphasising the concept of clusters . Recognition is also given to the work of the CDA The concept of developing Dublin as an Innovation City is proposed in the Plan as is the promotion of innovation clusters.
The Economic Action Plan for the Dublin City Region (developed by the 4 local authorities) was published last year. It’s based on a simple but effective framework of developing work programmes under the headlines of Strong Leadership, Smart People and a Smart City. The Plan has 17 actions and 36 projects The simplicity of the framework within the plan is that the delivery of actions under the three drivers of leadership, place and people will be measured by Dublin’s performance in terms of Competitiveness – Property Values, FDI, Business Costs Enterprise - Enterprise Creation, Research and Development, Intellectual Property Quality of Life – Tourism, Public Transport, Arts and Culture, Sustainable Environment, Safety We benchmark the performance of the city under International City Region Indicators. Information on these indicators is available on our website and we keep them constantly updated The next review of the EAP will be carried out before the end of this year
I mentioned that achieving strong leadership is one of the central objectives of the EDAP. One of the innovative ways we have approached this is by adopting a collaborative leadership approach through the establishment of the Creative Dublin Alliance. I was struck by a remark by a member of the public in a survey carried out a couple of weeks ago where the person argued that the institutions of the state operated within their individual bubbles that never seemed to mesh together. Structures such as the Alliance are about overcoming this. The Alliance is about building an open innovation culture. It brings together the Senior Management of Local Government, Academia, not for profit, state agencies and business sectors to help develop solutions to some of the challenges Dublin faces as an international city region. It is very action based and therefore project focused.
This gives you a flavour of the projects we are currently involved in. For example the Alliance helped proof the EAP.
Our work on Smart Cities is probably the best example of a changing institutional approach to leverage the benefits of technology and innovation. We freely acknowledge that we do not have the answers to the problems of the city within the 4 walls of the City Council. This is why we are opening up our systems and technology to HEis, SMEs and MNCs to help in addressing city challenges in areas such as infrastructure, clean energy, safety, cohesive communities and movement of people. We are preparing an Open Data Framework for the region and Innovation Forum where we will spell out the ground rules for data provision and sharing and participation in the forum. Our first MOU is with IBM and we are working on sustainable water and energy use and traffic management. We are exploring the co-operation with Intel on intelligent street lighting . Hopefully we will make Dublin a test-bed for this type of innovation. The solutions we hope will lead to products and services created locally that will be used internationally and place Dublin and its many partners at the cutting edge of new city innovation systems
Designing Dublin is a collaboration with a not for profit Design 21C and based on the design thinking approach. This concept concentrates on defining, researching, ideation, prototyping, choosing, doing and learning We got 7 staff (6 plus 1))and 9 volunteers from the public to work on the first project – Unlocking the Potential of Place. Two aspects a) the learning and development for the team and b) the learning and development for the community they were going to work with. First Project - In many ways we were using a place as test-bed to design and prototype possible solutions and simple measures that would make life easier for the residents and business The second project is looking at the City Centre and how we can re-invent the City Centre experience. Again we have a mix of staff and volunteers Spin off into DCC - The Studio – Type of Innovation Hub or Lab – Support Structure for Innovation in DCC. Generate, test and refine new ideas for the benefit of the city. They are currently mapping projects that they think they can add value to – benefiting from their learning and experience . See exhibition Floor 2 DCC. (DCC must be an exemplar) Design thinking should really be embedded into our education system
Draft CDP – Framework for Sustainable Development – overarching document – liveability and competitiveness Internal – In September we launched the first Sustainability Report looking at what we are doing internally under 7 headings (energy, water, procurement, waste to name a few) with the Flagship project demonstrating what can be done in practice (DCOC comment). Kilbarrack aim was to be World Leader – Result first carbon neutral fire station in the world External - Sustainable Dublin Ventures - We are now looking at driving this element under CDA e.g. using Green Economy Group DCOC
Innovation Dublin Festival (of which Globe Forum is a part) has been devised, and promoted through the Alliance as a showcase for innovation in the city and to promote the generation of further ideas and economic activity – Now context for World’s Smartest Start-up. World Deign Capital - We are making an application to be world design capital. Dublin would benefit from the bid preparation through building the City’s design capacity and raising awareness of the potential of design to drive innovation CSE Open Cities – There are 10 cities within an Urbact Programme including Dublin working to prove that diverse populations are an essential element of innovative and creative city economies. We are hoping to make this a global network co-operating to make the cities involved more competitive versus other cities The Shed – This is about creating a space that facilitates or enables in Ireland international programmes for entrepreneurial development such as Tech Stars. Name Upstart Dublin – Where companies go to grow. Creative D – Support network for businesses in the creative sector e.g. design and digital media. Help with mentoring and access to markets. Partnering with DHDA and CEBS. Currently 64 members involved An tSli Ghlas – The Green Way – is an initiative which will be announced next Monday and is about developing an internationally recognised Green Economic Zone from DIT in Grangegorman to DCU – Innovation Campus, BRL – Rediscovery Centre, and onto DAA lands at Dublin Airport Green IFSC – This is about developing a centre for carbon management and green finance expertise. Collaborating with the Group leading this initiative and seeing whether there is an opportunity for DCC involvement
Cities must be promoters of Innovation and the Research Why would they want to be ? Cities need to improve efficiency of service, become more sustainable, attract talent and investment, develop economy around innovation, stay competitive and be viable Why should they be interested ? They are the marketplace for the product’s and they have the problems seeking solutions How can they be ? They can have the policies and develop working partnerships with companies, research bodies and education and assist proto-type development and testing. In DCC we are working to have the policies and the institutional mindset required make Dublin an Innovation Eco-System Finish with a quotation
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Cities as Innovation Eco-
Dr John Tierney
Dublin City Manager
Vision for the City
Framework for a Sustainable Dublin
Application of Thematic Approach
Embedding economic objectives of Economic
Action Plan for the Region
Designating Economic Corridors and emphasising
the concept of clusters
For the Dublin City Region
Unlocking the Potential of Place
Love the City
City Development Plan
Sustainability Report – Seven Headings
Flagship Project – Kilbarrack Fire Station
Sustainable Dublin Ventures
Innovation Dublin Festival
World Design Capital?
The Shed – Accelerator Programme
An tSli Ghlas – The Green Way
Cities must be promoters of Innovation and the
Why would they want to be ?
Why should they be interested ?
How can they be innovative ?
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