About GeniUS!

The GeniUS! Website and project is a partnership between Science City York (SCY) and City of York Council and was originally funded by NESTA as part of their Creative Councils Programme. GeniUS now forms part of a wider Innovation programme in the city called Innovate York. Innovate York is also a partnership between SCY and City of York Council which aims to enable York to lead the way in attracting, adopting and embedding innovation city-wide.

The concept behind GeniUS is simple, and based on getting everyone involved (residents, businesses, charities, students, and public services alike) who are part of the city to look at new ways to solve some of the city’s problems.  This is through online ideas generation and development that anyone can contribute to by commenting on a challenge. To find out how to comment on a challenge visit the GET INVOLVED tab.

The web site and the challenges are supported by the Innovate York Team. Behind the scenes they answer queries and push forward ideas from GeniUS! to be developed and refined into real solutions. These solutions can then be piloted in a live setting across the city to test if they work and to refine them further.

The Innovate York team help to navigate around potential barriers individuals or business may normally face. They put their contacts and experience of the system to good use to smooth the way for challenges solutions. By being part of GeniUS and talking to the community City of York Council have a much better understanding of your views on issues and who to talk to, and who has the expertise to advise when looking at future challenges for the city. It’s a win win situation! 

GeniUS is in itself a pilot programme, all be it one that’s forging the way and being rolled out across cities world wide. Therefore it’s not without the odd hickup along the way, if you have any comments on the site itself or the content please let us know at GeniUS@york.gov.uk

The Council's Role

Latest News

International Coaching Week

Next month, to celebrate International Coaching Week, the York coaching community is coming together to offer free taster sessions of business coaching to the city’s businesses. Businesses will be offered the opportunity to choose a particular issue to work through on a one to one basis with a fully qualified coach.

Sessions will last 30 minutes and will be available in York city centre at selected times between 19-26 May. To register your interest in receiving a free coaching session and to receive advance notification of the coaching sessions available, email services@scy.co.uk

Mayors Challenge 2014

Bloomberg Philanthropies this week revealed the 21 European cities that have emerged as final contenders in its 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge, and York's GeniUS! mark 2 submission is one of them! Our submission with the City of York Council would build on the GeniUS! platform to revolutionize the way citizens, businesses, and others can propose new ideas to solve top city problems.

The Major's Challenge competition is to inspire cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life, and that ultimately can spread to other cities. One grand prize winner will receive €5 million for the most creative and transferable idea. Four additional cities will be awarded €1 million, and all will be announced in the fall.

The 21 cities now advance to the next phase of the challenge, Ideas Camp.

To read more please click here.


Blog Posts

GeniUS! Youth Challenge Update

Posted by GeniUS! on March 3, 2014 at 10:00 0 Comments

Challenge 5 Update

Posted by GeniUS! on November 25, 2013 at 17:36 0 Comments

Challenge 7 Update

Posted by GeniUS! on November 15, 2013 at 12:30 0 Comments

Challenge 6 Update

Posted by GeniUS! on June 14, 2013 at 15:05 1 Comment

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