Athens is one of the six cities to reach the final stages of the 2018 European Capital of Innovation contest.
The “European Capital of Innovation” award recognizes European cities, which implement innovative solutions to improve the lives of their citizens. Specifically, it is awarded to cities that use innovation to enhance their sustainability, offer opportunities for the active involvement of their citizens and contribute to open and dynamic innovation ecosystems, collaborating with citizens in the decision-making process.
The cities competing for the €1 million prize in addition to Athens are Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany), Leuven (Belgium), Umeå (Sweden) and Aarhus (Denmark).
As part of its Initiative against the Greek Crisis, the SNF has supported the Municipality of Athens, through a €10 million grant, for the implementation of a series of innovative projects, which aim to improve the quality of life in the city for its citizens and visitors, empower local schools and neighborhoods, upgrade school facilities and support the integration of refugees.
The SNF has supported a number of projects taking place at the city of Athens such as the transformation of the city’s Commercial Triangle, the establishment of Athens Culture Net, the educational programs Open Schools and Design for Better Learning as well as the programming for Athens 2018 World Book Capital. In addition the SNF has supported the implementation of Athens Digital Lab, an innovative venture supporting youth entrepreneurship.
All of these projects were part of the city’s application process to be considered for the award and played an instrumental role in its nomination.
The winner will be announced on November 6th, 2018 during the Web Summit meeting which will take place in Lisbon.