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A new competition has been launched for companies to explore the use of innovative digital technology and data-driven solutions to help manage parks and open spaces in Belfast.

Details of the ‘Amazing Spaces, Smart Places’ Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) challenge were unveiled at the recent ‘Big Data Belfast’ conference, which explores trends and opportunities emerging in smart cities, IoT, Fintech and business analytics among other areas.

SBRIs provide digital and tech-based businesses with the chance to develop new business opportunities.

Belfast City Council and the Department of Justice have been granted £100,000 for this competition. Belfast City Council is adding a further £10,000 while Dublin City Council is potentially contributing £10,000 bringing the total funding pot to £120,000.

While the competition will focus mainly on Belfast, there may also be opportunities for businesses to develop proofs of concepts in the Dublin context. Successful companies can win contracts of up to £20,000 for a period of four months.

Find out more about the project here.