How can we use data to improve living standards and lifestyle, and create new accommodation options in Europe


Challenge identifier: SC4-2017




Demographic and migration changes across Europe, as well as the changing nature of work and greater urbanisation in places, are likely to require new forms of flexible living and new models of renting and ownership of accommodation. These trends in accommodation also mean there will be a new wave of support services to match the increased diversity of options, including in the area of mobility. As well as changes within particular geographical areas, such as cities, changing work opportunities may mean a greater flow of people across Europe with possibilities to reduce the friction introduced in moving to a new country.

New products and services driven by insights from data could support the development of living and accommodation offers which are more responsive to these needs. Rather than increasing transience and precariousness, there is an opportunity for these services to support improvements in living standards and lifestyle as they better meet the needs of the population.

We are particularly interested in solutions that leverage closed and shared data to:

  • Create lifestyle and accommodation options that respond to the different needs of older populations, migration pressures and changes in family composition;
  • Support new accommodation services and more flexible living / working arrangements;
  • Make moving and mobility within Europe less disruptive; and
  • Help companies move, or open a new office in a new European country.



Examples of data include but are not limited to;

  • statistics on land use, employment, economic development
  • tax information
  • trends of migration
  • smart city and home data (IoT etc.)
  • tracking data
  • registries and statistics about public services
  • public laws
  • travel data
  • statistics about access to housing.


Expected outcomes

Examples of outcomes may include but are not limited to:

  • new apps and services (web, mobile etc)
  • new algorithms (analytics, prediction, data integration, reporting)
  • new algorithms using a wide range of different sources of data e.g. combining IoT and statistics in interesting ways  
  • interoperability solutions following eIDAS,
  • registries and distributed ledger applications.


Expected impacts

Participants will need to provide details on how they would develop an impact measurement framework they would use to show how their solution:

  •  improves living standards;
  • creates new accommodation options; and/or
  • helps policy makers take informed decisions on living and accommodation projects.