The Open Call Challenge, with a submission deadline on 16th February, aims to look for Smart City solutions, based on Open Data technology, that solve real-world challenges.


EMBERS is an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 program. At the core of the project is the preparation of a smart city mobility platform, called the Mobility Backend as a Service (MBaaS), for market. Central to this effort is the demonstration that the MBaaS can meet challenges posed by three cities. The University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), which has been coordinating the project since November 2015, is now looking for developers to implement solutions for each of the proposed challenges in the form of mobile and/or web applications that use the MBaaS to access mobility data provided by the city.

Why Participate?

  • Win up to € 30,000 per challenge!
  • Keep the Intellectual Property Rights on the implementation
  • Access the Smart City market by demonstrating your solution of a real-life problem
  • Gain high visibility at European level and access a network of like-minded people
  • Establish potential future partnerships with the partner city to further develop the app

More About the Open Call

Well, together with the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), we’re currently looking for developers and software companies to implement solutions to three specific and actual challenges in Porto, Cologne and Trikala.

Three times considered European Best Destination, the city of Porto (Portugal) has experience in so-called “Smart City” technologies. Considering its fast growth and aspiration for better traffic management, Smart Parking is the challenge to be solved in this Portuguese city. Participants must develop a solution that not only gives a better overview of parking spaces available in the city centre but ultimately provides better services for drivers – pre-reserving parking spaces and an app-based payment possibility for parking.

Beyond Portugal, the Open Call Challenge encompasses another well-known European city. Cologne (Germany) challenges applicants to have in-depth knowledge of Smart Bicycle Traffic. Known as the fourth largest city in Germany and the Carnival’s capital, promoting new means of transport is one of the leading priorities for its local authorities. How to create a unified cycling community that shares insights on hazards and possible road obstructions is the core question of this challenge.

Last but not least, Trikala (Greece) presents the challenge Smart Parking that integrates parking occupancy data from their parking facilities. The goal is to extract relevant insights for decision-makers about the actual usage of the available parking spaces. Developers must use real-time information to provide the best parking service for citizens and tourists in one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a history that dates back to 3,000 BC.

To accomplish all these challenges, EMBERS back-end technology provides mobility data, all documentation for each city, open interfaces and ready to use SDKs. Proposals must be submitted until February 16th through the online submission portal PLACE, accessible here.

More information on the EMBERS Open Call is available here.