Tallinn – for becoming a model of a true "eCity" by digitalising all the city services.
Ten cities using the most innovative ideas to improve quality
of life and to involve citizens in community life have reached
the final stage of the European Capital of Innovation Award 2017.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and
Innovation, said: "Every new edition of the European
Capital of Innovation showcases more inspiring and innovative
ideas from across Europe. The tough competition this year
proved how vibrant our local innovation ecosystems are. The
journey so far has been very exciting, and the best is yet to
come. I am looking forward to announcing the winners in
November and further cooperating with them."
The finalists are:
Aarhus (DK) – for giving citizens more
responsibilities in creating social welfare and creating
physical labs for innovation.
Berlin (DE) – for its shared approach to
governance, allowing the city boroughs to experiment in
several domains, from social innovation to logistics and
green supply chains.
Copenhagen (DK) – for its "Transformative
Living Lab" approach, which encourages citizens and
entrepreneurs to take part in a network of experimental
Helsinki (FI) – for its world-class
education and IT culture that fosters innovative
collaborations among citizens and institutions to jointly
tackle urban challenges such as air quality, maritime
technology and health-tech.
Nice (FR) – for its Smart City strategy that
offers citizens to engage via the city Innovation Centre in
decisions on climate change, healthy ageing, environmental
risk and security innovation.
Paris (FR) – for its mission to turn into a
"FabCity" hosting the largest start-up campus in the world,
which encourages innovative projects by citizens and
Tallinn (EE) – for becoming a model of a
true "eCity" by digitalising all the city services.
Tampere (FI) – for its "Grow.Smart.Together"
urban development program, where citizens, universities and
businesses are involved in creating smart urban solutions
fostering new jobs in the city.
Tel Aviv (IL) – for its impressive hi-tech
sector programmes and city policies, leading to the highest
concentration of accelerator programs in Europe.
Toulouse (FR) – for its Open Metropolis
strategy, a participatory governance model allowing citizens
and business organisations to co-design major urban local
The European Capital of Innovation 2017 award and a prize of €1
million to scale up innovation activities will go to the city
presenting the best innovation ecosystem, with two runners-up
to receive a prize of €100 000 each. The winners will be
announced on 7 November at the Lisbon Web Summit.
The winning city must prove how they improved the quality of
life in the locality by experimenting with
innovative concepts, processes, tools, and governance models as
a test-bed for innovation, engaging citizens
in the innovation process and ensuring the uptake of their
ideas, expanding the city's attractiveness to
become a role model for other cities and
empowering the local ecosystem through the
implementation of innovative practices.
The 2017 European Capital of Innovation award was launched in
March 2017. Thirty two eligible cities from 17 countries
applied to this year's competition to succeed Barcelona and
Amsterdam, winners of the 2014 and 2016 European Capital of
Innovation awards. The contest was open to cities with over 100
000 inhabitants from EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020, the
EU research and innovation programme.
Source: European Comission