Call for Solutions: Open Innovation for Community Care
This Call aims to launch an open international public competition for gathering innovative ideas in the field of new technologies, apps, equipment, entrepreneurial ideas, products and digital platforms that promote care solutions for communities, families, caregivers and single individuals. The premise is that progressively institutions will be ever less able to respond to the growing healthcare and social care needs of a deeply changing society. Thus new approaches, and new, more open, participatory solutions, which empower both individuals and communities, are needed.
This notice is part of the “OPENCARE - Open Participatory Engagement in Collective Awareness for REdesign of Care Services” project activities. Opencare is an open project, shared with a global community working together to make healthcare and social care accessible to everyone, through working with open-source logic and by promoting ways of enhancing active individual and community participation using a collective intelligence platform.
The Opencare project specifically provides for the holding of a final event to show the work done in the design of open care tools (Task 1.3, Annex 1 to the Grant Agreement for the Opencare Project, No. 688670). In addition, the City of Milan seeks to support those initiatives in the field of social innovation which are capable of redistributing benefits to the community through the involvement of the largest possible number of stakeholders and through the development of new welfare paradigms. As outlined in the strategy document " Milano Smart City: Guidelines" 1 , approved by City of Milan Council Resolution no. 1077 of May 23, 2014, an inclusive and intelligent city can be achieved also through the use of new technologies capable of fostering re-socialization between public and private resources, by enhancing existing communities and informal networks and by promoting co-operation between different stakeholders. The Welfare Development Plan of the City of Milan 2012-2014, approved by City Council Resolution no. 37 of 29.09.2012, and subsequently renewed for the three-year period 2015-2017 (DUP, i.e. planning program, approved by City Council Resolution no.20 of 15.7.2015), intends to develop innovative social policies offering a range of responses that meet the specific needs of citizens, by promoting more effective and inclusive services, through the involvement and active participation of the very same citizens, individuals or associates, based on a principle of reciprocity and solidarity in the realization of common assets.
The Call for Solution Open Innovation for Community Care is aimed at individuals or teams, startups, third sector entities, cooperatives, research organizations and businesses.
The application shall be submitted, in Italian or in English, by completing the "Application Form" (attached to the Call), accompanied by a copy of the candidate’s valid identity document, no later than 12.00 CET on September 30 2017.
The application form must be submitted by email to: Progettazione.Economica@comune.milano.it, clearly indicating in block capitals the following as subject: DOMANDA DI PARTECIPAZIONE ALLA "CALL FOR SOLUTIONS: OPEN INNOVATION FOR COMMUNITY CARE"
Results of the selection will be posted on the website of the City of Milan, www.comune.milano.it (Servizi on line – Bande e gare – Avvisi [Italian for: Online services – Calls and Tenders – Notices] and sent to the email addresses used to submit the application form by participants.