On 10 October 2017, during the European Week of Regions and Cities, the
European Commission (DG GROW and DG REGIO) and the Committee of the Regions
launched the Digital Cities Challenge. The Challenge invites cities in Europe
to improve the life of their citizens through the development and
implementation of digital policies.
The call aims to select 15 cities with strong will to change and unreleased potential which will receive support from high-level experts with local and international experience in designing and implementing digital transformation strategies, free of charge and in their local language for 14-18 months to achieve their goals for improving citizens’ lives.
The Digital Cities Challenge is funded by the EU's COSME programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
The call is now open for applications.
The Challenge will run into two phases. Cut-off dates :
24 November 2017 (for a first set of 7-9 cities)
25 January 2018 (for a second group of 7-9 cities)
In addition to the 15 winning cities, a broader community of cities that wish to participate in the Digital Cities Challenge on their own resources will be supported and profit from the knowledge and networking opportunities. The Digital Cities Challenge is part of the COSME action "Transforming regions & cities into engines of digital transformation and industrial modernisation" which was kicked-off in mid-July 2017.
This initiative builds on the Strategic Policy Forum's "Blueprint for cities and regions as launch pads for digital transformation", a guide for cities and regions to develop smart growth strategies and boost investments to resolve their critical challenges.