Design, Technology, and Innovation Projects

Business Models

How we organize around key resources and activities that deliver a value proposition to city residents and customers, while balancing cost structures between private sector revenue streams and public sector financing sources.

Government as a Platform

The idea of “government as a platform” suggests that in addition to directly providing end-to-end services, government can provide data and technology open to others to deliver services themselves. What does City government need to do to establish itself as a platform and enabler of Smart Cities?


What kind of public-private partnerships, strategic alliances, and programs (such as “entrepreneurs in residence”), do we need to flourish as a Smart City?

Discovery phase feedback that led to this section

During and after the April 18, 2017 Smart Cities Council Readiness Workshop, we asked participants for advice through an insights campaign. We learned:

“The City needs a better identified entryway to intake, evaluate, and provide feedback to specific solutions and technologies.”

“The City should consider and explore alternative finance models, including public-private partnerships.”

“The City needs a stronger capability for forming and managing public-private partnerships to address financing, risk, diversity, equity, and asset management.”

“Improvements to the City’s procurement process are critical to the success (and even initiation) of projects.”

“The City should value data as an asset in service delivery and partnerships in ways that: 1) respect intellectual property; 2) assess the cost of unauthorized disclosure; 3) address data ownership; and, 4) inform partnerships.”

“Contributors said the city needs to enable a state of readiness for agile and iterative implementation of projects.”

Challenge areas identified

  • How might we provide a clear entryway to intake, evaluate, and provide feedback to proposed solutions and technologies?
  • How might we intake and evaluate unsolicited proposals from vendors to the City?
  • How might we evaluate where procurement processes hinder smart cities projects?
  • How might we identify (legal) opportunities to test different approaches to procurement for smart cities projects?
  • How might we influence changes in procurement processes that would enable greater success for smart cities projects?