The Climate Smart Cities Challenge is an open innovation competition to identify climate-smart solutions to reduce the climate impact of Bogotá, Colombia; Bristol, United Kingdom; Curitiba, Brazil; and Makindye Ssabagabo, Uganda, while creating a better future for all.

Launched by the UN and Sweden, with Smart City Sweden as one of the partners, this innovation competition will accelerate the shift to climate-neutral cities, by empowering innovators and communities to collaborate in designing and demonstrating solutions and reinventing how cities innovate.

Innovators globally – technologists, SMEs, start-ups, developers, finance experts and more – are invited to submit their best ideas and solutions to one of the unique challenges identified by the four partner cities.

Bogotá – Improve freight mobility and reduce congestion-based greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants in Bogotá

Bristol – Contribute to a new model for delivering affordable, zero-carbon homes in Bristol

Curitiba – Advance new solutions for creating zero-carbon neighbourhoods in Curitiba

Makindye Ssabagabo – Propose scalable ways to develop zero-carbon, energy-efficient, affordable homes in Makindye Ssabagabo

Selected finalists will get to work closely with these four cities, learn more about their challenges, collaborate on solutions, and ultimately form teams to demonstrate solutions in real-world environments. The winning teams will share up to 400,000 Euro to leverage further investment and build towards system demonstration in 2023.

Applications are now open and will close 5 January 2022. There is an early application opportunity available until December so it’s highly encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. Finalists will be announced at Expo 2020 Dubai on 20 January 2022. The competition is looking for organizations that can play a role in implementing transformative, real-world projects. Interested?

Find out more at the challenge website:  

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