100 Intelligent Cities Challenge

Deadline extension

Given the difficult situation currently faced by European countries with the spread of COVID-19, the deadline for the submission for ICC Expressions of Interest has been extended to the 29th of May 2020. Accordingly, the deadline for the pre-screening of applications is extended to the 18th of May 2020, and we have added new webinar dates. The situation will continue to be monitored and any further updates will be communicated on our website.

To find out more about the response to COVID-19 visit the Commission's Coronavirus Response page.

Shaping the cities of tomorrow

In 2017 the European Commission launched the Digital Cities Challenge to help 41 cities across the EU transform their digital policy to make their urban space more enjoyable for everyone. This year the Commission is going a step further to help 100 cities become greener, more social and smarter in the Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC).

Cities shape the future of the EU. 72% of EU citizens live in them (United Nations). And city ecosystems are powerful actors of change. 50% of the reductions necessary to reach net zero can be achieved at city level (C40). The right technologies targeted to the right problems can deliver green, smart and sustainable growth for cities - improving the quality of life for everyone who calls them home.

ICC will unite EU cities in seizing the opportunity for green smart sustainable growth, improving the quality of life and fostering new opportunities for citizens. 100 cities will receive world-class support - in person, online, and as a community. The call for Expressions of Interest is now open.

Expert advice tailored to your city

Regional specialists will deliver a programme based on the collective expert experience of over 100 smart city strategies, tailored to the biggest thematic issues for your city – be it energy, mobility or security, or other local priorities.

Community conventions - for action over talk

Regular gathering of EU smart ecosystem to compare performance; hear from world class speakers, receive targeted training; celebrate success and commit to shared action - procurement, standards or shaping marketplaces.

Online toolbox to activate enablers

Get best practice guidance on key enablers (e.g., creating value out of open data, breaking down market barriers for SMEs, finding new outcome-driven business models). Use also innovative tools to engage citizens to understand their views and help them track your progress.

Mentoring to make partnerships - at home and abroad

Get 1-on-1 guidance from established lighthouse cities in the EU, who can steer you on their own journeys and connect you with their own solutions. Interact also with global participants, to learn, to trade and to create new markets.

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 Join 31 March 2020, 2:00PM (CET)
Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 6 Join 14 April 2020, 2:00PM (CET)
Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 7 Join 28 April 2020​, 2:00PM (CET)
Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 8 Join 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 12 June 2020
Delivery of individual assessments w/c 26 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.

Please select if you would like to join a webinar to get tips and advice for your application

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