With this third edition of the award, the European Commission will award the city most willing to experiment with new and innovative citizen-driven initiatives, proving itself as a 'test-bed' for potential solutions to relevant societal challenges.
Participant cities will be judged on the extent to which they allow citizens to experiment and ensure the uptake of their ideas. Three cash prizes will be awarded to the best city initiatives creating the right environment to innovate:
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The contest will be open to cities:
Read more: Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016 - 2017
More detailed 'rules of contest' will be published in early 2017, watch this space!
Links to related pages: Video presentations of each city | News Alert | Video recording of the ceremony | Interviews with Commissioner Moedas and the winners | Photos from the ceremony | Commissioner Moedas' speech
On 8 April 2016, the European Commission awarded the title of European Capital of Innovation ("iCapital") 2016 to Amsterdam for its holistic vision of innovation related to four areas of urban life: governance, economics, social inclusion, and quality of life.
Amsterdam was chosen by a panel of independent experts in a close competition with eight more finalists. Amsterdam's € 950 000 first prize will be used to scale up and expand the city's efforts on innovation. Turin and Paris were selected as runners-up, winning second and third prizes of € 100 000 and € 50 000 respectively.
The nine cities shortlisted for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016 presented their cities' achievements at the award ceremony on 8 April.
Watch their video presentations.
Read the News Alert
Watch the ceremony and interviews with winners
The nine cities shortlisted for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016 were announced on 21 January 2016. These finalists were chosen by a high-level jury of independent experts from 36 applications.
The nine finalists were:
Read more: News alert
In 2014, the winning city, Barcelona (Spain), was chosen by a panel of independent experts "for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens".
Read the press release : Barcelona is "iCapital" of Europe