Smart living challenge

Smart living challenge

Submit your idea till the 1st of July

Smart Living Challenge is an open, international innovation competition designed to generate business opportunities and ideas that foster a sustainable lifestyle in urban environments. This could be products, services and solutions that will make it easier for individuals to live smarter and more sustainable lives.

The competition is divided into three categories – Eat, Live and Move – each with their own challenges. The jury will select 15 winners who will be given help in developing and realising their innovative projects.

Challenge categories




What can you win?

The important part of the competition is what comes after! The 15 winners will be awarded a trip to Sweden, where they will visit a dozen innovative hotspots, be matched both with needs-driven stakeholders and with other actors pursuant to the development and realisation of their innovations, join an international network of committed innovators (the winners and others), be given the opportunity to present their proposals to a group of business angels (early investors).

What types of ideas?

The competition aims for ‘smart’ solutions, and ‘smart’ means solutions that offer people a better quality of life without excessive resource usage. These solutions are to facilitate a more sustainable lifestyle, taking into consideration both the earth’s limited resources and the limited time and money available to the individual citizen. Both services and products are of interest – solutions that can meet one or more of the challenges in the Eat, Live and/or Move categories.

The ideas/innovations must be of a kind that can be used by consumers in everyday life; alternatively, the end-customer could be a private individual or group of individuals. Entries may comprise anything from completely new ideas that have yet to be developed to existing solutions that have yet to be widely used.

The winners will include at least one entry from each participating continent (Asia, Africa, Northern Latin America and Europe). Both completely new ideas and ones already realised will be among the winning entries.

Other aspects besides the above are also taken into account – environmental impact, for instance, will be assessed on the basis of the Planetary Boundaries concept. Does the proposal contribute to ecosystem services, is there a cradle-to-cradle (C2C) perspective in the design and production of the service/product? How likely is it that the proposal can be implemented by the person taking part (credibility)? How does the idea correspond to present needs and what is its commercial potential?

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