Innovation Competition for Cool Ideas

Date: 23/01/2018

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Does your company have an ingenious smart city product that you want to showcase? The City of Joensuu is looking for you.

The Joensuu City Challenge is a new competition for cool and inventive ideas for the smart city that can be implemented in the Joensuu city centre. The competition is open to SMEs and other interested parties all around the world. The aim is to improve public services and to find innovative solutions for city development and eventually improve the inhabitants’ quality of life.

The competition consists of four challenges with distinctive themes: city lab, tourism, green energy and a smart solution pilot related to one or more of the proposed themes (e.g. education, smart office or work solutions, and crowd/event management). The competition is looking for real-life solutions, as the winning solutions for the challenges will be carried out as pilot projects. The maximum budget for each project is 50,000 euros.

The competition is organized by the City of Joensuu. It is a continuation of Joensuu’s strategy to act as a platform and collaborator in order to facilitate new development and smart city solutions.

Deadline for submissions: 18 March 2018

Announcement of winners: 30 April 2018

Implementation of pilot projects: May 2018 – May 2019

Joensuu is a vibrant regional centre and university town in Eastern Finland. The city is a unique combination of urban high-tech buzz and peaceful wilderness of rural areas, flavoured with laid-back Karelian lifestyle.


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Any questions about the  competition procedure? Contact:

Competition information:

General information of Joensuu’s core competencies:

Finnish e-tendering Hilma:

European e-tendering TED: