100 Intelligent Cities Challenge

Don't miss the deadline

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest for the Intelligent Cities Challenge is 29 May 2020.

Start uploading your EOI early to take advantage of the review and avoid any last minute problems.

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COVID-19 ICC support

The following resources have been pooled together by the Intelligent Cities Challenge to help cities navigate the current crisis and implement appropriate responses through learning and the sharing of best practices on effective technology-led interventions from European and global cities.

Shaping the cities of tomorrow

The 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) is a unique opportunity for evolving EU cities to join a community that leverages advanced technologies, to tackle the pandemic crisis and reconstruct their economies while steering them in the direction of green smart sustainable growth. This will help cities to improve the quality of life and create new opportunities for their business communities.

The ICC will build on the success of the Digital Cities Challenge, which helped 41 EU cities develop a strategic vision and a roadmap for digital transformation. ICC cities will receive high quality and tailored guidance and expert support, access to advisory and city peer networks (European and international), and capability building tools, to drive priority policy goals and the uptake of advanced technologies.

The call for Expressions of Interest is now open.

Through its action oriented and collaborative approach, the ICC will offer cities a unique opportunity to:

Identify local strengths and formulate priorities and real needs: conduct performance assessments, define strategic goals and implementation roadmaps

Engage in long-lasting collaborations to co-design and co-create: joint open data platform, EU marketplace for city solutions and joint investments/procurements

Learn from and share experiences with local and international peers and mentors

The program includes:

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, applicants must comply with the following:

  • Be from an EU Member State;
  • Be a local public government entity (i.e. municipalities, districts) that are either responsible for or involved in the funding and/or implementation of a policy or programme of a city related to digital transformation, smart / intelligent city, sustainable urban development;
  • Represent cities with more than 50 000 inhabitants, unless you are applying as part of a city consortium;
  • Submit the application form in English. Applications submitted in any other language will be excluded;
  • Submit the application within the stipulated deadline;
  • Include a letter of support by the Mayor(s);
  • Be able to dedicate 3 people for two days a week - one from the city, two representatives from the local ecosystem - for execution of this high-priority initiative.

Are you a city outside of the EU?

Are you a city located outside the EU but still interested in delivering your intelligent city aspirations? We would like to engage a small group of select international participants within the programme. A separate application process will be launched for these cities. If you would like to register your interest in advance, please email: helpdesk_icc@technopolis-group.com

Are you already advanced in your intelligent city journey?

Are you relatively advanced in your intelligent city journey, and would like to support participants on this programme in learning from your experiences? We are keen to hear from mentors - EU or international - of all city sizes. We would love to discuss opportunities with you. Please email: helpdesk_icc@technopolis-group.com

Key dates

Intelligent Cities Challenge open for applications 27 February 2020
Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 5 31 March 2020, 2:00PM (CET)
Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 6 14 April 2020, 2:00PM (CET)
Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 7 28 April 2020​, 2:00PM (CET)
Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 8 05 May 2020, 2:00PM (CET)
Pre-screening of applications 2 March 2020 - 18 May 2020, 11:59PM (CET)
Final deadline for applications 29 May 2020, 11:59PM (CET)
Announcement of selected cities w/c 15 June 2020
Delivery of individual assessments w/c 29 June 2020


Interested in applying? Want to join a webinar to get advice and tips for your application?

The Intelligent Cities Challenge Expression of Interest (EOI) form must be filled and submitted online. You will need to register to apply or to join one of our informative webinars.

Click below to download the ICC Concept Note, the Guide for Applicants and a copy of the EOI form to find out more about the programme and the application process.

Digital Cities Challenge Achievements

ICC builds on the successful Digital Cities Challenge, which saw 41 cities create a vision, strategy and roadmap for their digital transformation

41 cities develop digital transformation strategies
DCC High Level Conference highlights

High Level Conference: A strategy for EU cities in the 21st century
Designing Digital Transformation Strategies for EU Cities in the 21st Century

Final Report
City Digital Transformation Handbook

Final Report
Digital Cities Challenge Declaration of Cooperation

Mayors Summit
Case study
Cities' good practices for inspiration

Good practice case studies

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