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International Smart Cities Online Innovation Mission

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Do you want to work on global challenges and local solutions? Do you like innovative technologies and implementation techniques from all over the world? Join our mission and start co-creating smart solutions together.

Cities are getting denser. More traffic means more pressure on public space. At the same time, citizens need more green areas, less congestion and less pollution. So here we are, on the doorstep of the most critical change of all times. Technology can bring changes that may benefit us all. More than ever, now is the time to look ahead, define our needs for the upcoming years and initiate new smart solutions with a positive impact.

Online mission

Complex urban problems need smart solutions. Tackling urban problems demand a mobilised and active international community with a focus on future-proof solutions. This first online innovation, organised by the Dutch government, is about taking the time to look ahead. To make this happen, The Netherlands will provide an online platform to facilitate a dialogue to work together. Tackling global challenges and co-create inclusive and future-proof cities.

Let’s create sparks of inspiration

We strongly believe we need to collaborate on an international level to shape a better future. Therefore, we are eager to learn about your challenges and to discuss ways in which we can create smart cities together that are safe, circular, green and inclusive. Consider this mission a global village where you can:

  • Share your challenges, ambitions, lessons and best practices;
  • Gain insights into the governance of tech, implementation techniques and smart solutions;
  • Discuss your urban challenges with policy-makers from all over the world;
  • Plan and set the foundations for tangible projects, cross-sectoral and with a wide variety of partners.

Access to knowledge and innovation

Please note that we will adapt the programme to the ambitions and needs of our participants.
The following topics will most likely be on our agenda:

  • Sustainability: resilience and climate adaptation
  • Smart mobility and Infrastructure
  • Feeding the city
  • Safety and security
  • Urban healthy living
  • Circular concepts for Sustainable Smart Neighbourhoods
  • Data analytics
  • Key enabling technologies (such as AI)
  • Circular and climate-neutral buildings
  • The governance of tech and multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Piloting and scaling in testbeds
  • Citizen engagement
  • Digital principles and privacy


Thursday 30 April 18:00 CESTDeadline for the registration of challenges
Wednesday 6 May - 11 JuneOur platform will be live to co-create challenges and share best practices and experiences
Thursday 30 AprilDeadline for the registration of the online mission
Thursday 11 JuneOnline and interactive conferences where we will discuss the challenges, conclusions and highlights from the online mission
16 - 19 November 2020We would love to meet you during one of our events at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. We intend to carry over learnings and partnerships from this online event into the Expo and the Business Forum the day before.


For whom

We are looking for decision-makers and policy-makers working in a governmental surrounding, keen on solving urban challenges. Participants can register with or without a specific challenge. If you decide to add a challenge to your registration, it will be co-created into a value proposition for your city.


You can register here.

The deadline for the registration of challenges is 30 April 2020 18:00 CEST. Your participation will be confirmed.
The deadline for the registration of the online mission is 30 April.
Your participation will be confirmed. We will select registrations and challenges based on your registration form.

More information

See our leaflet for more information. If you have a specific question, please contact us at

This Smart City Innovation Mission is a collaborative initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. The mission is organised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, several municipalities and Smart City stakeholders.