About the Nordic Built Cities Challenge
An open, multidisciplinary, needs-driven competition to develop and visualise Nordic innovative solutions for liveable, smart and sustainable cities.
The Nordic Built Cities Challenge consists of six independent competitions, in which six Nordic cities are looking for innovative and multidisciplinary solutions to urban challenges connected to a specific urban space.
The competitions were launched 7 October 2015 and the deadline for submitting solutions is 17 December 2015. Hereafter, local juries will select up to four finalists from each competition that receive 300.000 NOK and the possibility to develop their solution further in collaboration with the project owner.
All the competition programmes on this website are unofficial versions only. Please see in the competition programme where to find the competition portal for downloading the official competition programme and submitting your competition entries.
All frontrunners within technology, construction, ICT, urban planning, architecture, transportation, housing, smart city, energy, social entrepreneurship and beyond – students, startups or large established companies – are invited to submit their proposal to the Nordic Built Cities Challenge.
Nordic Innovation will invite finalists from the six competitions to register for the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards (the NBCCA), where Nordic prizes of 1.200.000 NOK in total will be awarded. The finalist solutions competing for the prestigious NBCCA will also receive plenty of attention and be showcased in the Nordic region and beyond.
An important aspect of the NBCCA is to encourage collaboration across disciplines and Nordic country borders. Therefore, in order to be able to compete for the NBCCA at least two Nordic countries must be represented in the team. Nordic Innovation provides a digital community where you can find and connect with potential collaboration partners from the Nordic region.
Nordic Innovation has made a document where we answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the competition. You find it here.
The background for the Nordic Built Cities Challenge is the unprecedented urbanization that characterizes the 21st century. Resource scarcity, climate change and population increase pose challenges to the cities of the world. The situation creates a global market for innovative solutions for our urban environment – and the overall aim of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge is to contribute to the development and visualization of Nordic innovative solutions for liveable, smart and sustainable cities.
The Nordic Built Cities Challenge is a part of Nordic Built Cities – a lighthouse programme in the Nordic Co-operation Programme for Innovation and Business Policies 2014-2017. Denmark is lead country for the programme and responsible for its implementation in cooperation with the four other Nordic governments, the Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordic Innovation. Nordic Innovation is also responsible for the design and management of the Nordic Built Cities programme.
About Nordic Innovation
Nordic Innovation is an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers working to promote cross-border trade and innovation. Our mission is to generate increased value creation through cross-border co-operation – contributing to the Nordic countries as a world-leading region for innovation and sustainable growth.