Smart Pedal Pitch

The Challenge:

Seeking the most innovative and market ready smart cycle tech solutions to shape the future of cycling in cities.


The Opportunity:

There is serious ambition to scale up cycling in cities across the world. It will require major investment in cycling infrastructure, increased promotion of cycling as an option, radical policy decision making, and a step change in attitudes to cycling in cities.  We also believe there are a number of short term improvements possible through the application of smart, low cost innovative and scalable technologies.


In line with our push towards  healthier, more liveable cities we are seeking technology and data driven proposals that address the following areas:


a. Seeking Better Data - Better use of cycling data to understand issues

b. Promoting Safer Cycling - Both actual accidents and perception of safety 

c. Cycle Security - Improving cycle parking, and reducing bicycle thefts

d. Intelligent Transport System on Cycling - Better integration of cyclists into intelligent transport systems



With the rapid growth in smartphone penetration, mobile apps and internet of things (e.g. low cost sensing and new service delivery models) there are a whole range of smart and innovative solutions that could address our needs. There are a number of opportunities for new partnerships and business models to scale solutions across cities.


The applications process:

  • Official launch to receive applications, 14th May (Tuesday)

  • Deadline for all applications, 30th May (Thursday)

  • First review from organisers, 31th May (Friday)

  • Final shortlisting of 9 applications who will be informed via email, 5th June (Wednesday)

  • Final pitching and judging at Velo-city 2019 in Dublin: 2 runner-ups and 1 overall conference champion, 25th June (Tuesday)

 Our judges:

What successful applicants get:

  • 9 shortlisted companies will practice pitch to a local and global tech community at Google’s EMEA HQ, as well as hear first hand what’s been happening with Google’s cycling innovation

  • The same 9 companies will then give their final pitch to Velo-city’s global cycle community audience where 3 finalists will be chosen

  • The 3 finalists will go on to pitch at the main stage of the conference, with 1 champion chosen and 2 runner-ups


What the winner of the challenge gets:

  • Up to 10,000 EUR in cash and prizes for champion, 7,500 EUR and 5,000 EUR for 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively

  • Work with Dublin’s Smart City project team and Transportation department to pilot your solution in Dublin City for at least 3 months to gain end-user validation

  • At least 3 months of desks space with the Smart City team

  • Mentorship from some of the leading experts in ITS, Tech, and Cycling Innovation

  • PR opportunities on a national, regional, and international level

This competition has now closed for new entrees.