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
Three cash prizes were awarded to the best city initiatives creating the right environment to innovate.
With this second edition of the award, the European Commission's aim was to celebrate the European city that is building the best “innovation ecosystem”- connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business - with a view to helping the city scale up its efforts in this field.
The contest was open to cities:
Read the contest rules ( 247 KB)
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
Contest rules 247 KB
Application guide 232 KB
Presentation 349 KB
Apply now - factsheet 116 KB
Poster 2.0 MB