Aarhus City Lab

Nordic startups are challenged to come up with their best Smart City solutions

In a competition arranged by PUBLIC in collaboration with Nordic Smart City Network and Nordic Innovation, startups are challenged to solve one of three Smart City problems, that became more urgent during the COVID-19 crisis.

With city governments’ adjusting to the impact of COVID on citizen behaviour, a renewed focus has emerged on creating liveable environments that promote healthy living, activity and sustainability in planning the future of cities and creating new solutions to the challenges of the cities. The Nordic Smart City Challenge is aimed at identifying digital solutions that make the best use of available data to secure this outcome.

Nordic and Baltic technology startups are being invited to apply to a new challenge competition launched today, aimed at identifying innovative digital solutions to urban challenges that have become more urgent because of the COVID-19 crisis. The startups with the best solutions will be invited to present their ideas for a panel of experts and investors.

There is a total of three different challenges that the startups can come up with solutions for. The challenges have the following headlines: “Enabling a healthier city lifestyle”, “Supporting sustainable communities and urban infrastructure” and “Reimagining transport, mobility and flow in cities”.

“The Smart City Network is really excited to launch applications to the Nordic Smart City Challenge. Across the 20 cities we represent, we encourage startups to take part in this fantastic initiative to help solve key challenges such as urban planning, data literacy and transportation,” says Chairman of the Board of the Nordic Smart City Network, Kim Spiegelberg Stelzer.

It is Nordic Smart City Network, of which The City of Aarhus is a part of, and PUBLIC that’s behind the competition.

“PUBLIC is excited to launch the Nordic Smart City Challenge. The initiative is the first important step in creating a joint Nordic GovTech market that will hugely benefit all Nordic tech companies,” says Managing Director at PUBLIC Denmark, Kiann Stenkjær Hein.

Nordic Smart City Challenge is a part of Nordic Smart City Days running the 18th – 19th February 2021.

The deadline for applications to the three challenges is the 5th of February. Selected startups will be invited to pitch their solutions to the panel of judges the 18th of February.

You can read more about the competition and the three challenges on the website: https://nordicbaltic.tech/challenge/