What the 2015 initiative is all about



Teams of engaged citizens will assemble in Brazil, Serbia and Zambia. These are Smart Living Challenge Project Teams that will work to develop and implement local projects.


Each team will work over the course of three months to conceptualize, plan and implement a project to promote and support sustainable lifestyles in their city.


By the end of 2015, the projects will be realized and hopefully continue to scale over time. Meanwhile, the teams’ process and tools will be packaged and shared for others around the world to use.


Other cities around the world with engaged local partners and Swedish Embassies are joining in smaller formate for new initiatives during the year.
Shorter Smart Living Challenge activities

Creative workshops

The Embassy of Sweden and IKEA invites creative talents to join a workshop in May for smart solutions to create a better and more sustainable life in the city.


Creative workshop is planned to take place May 30-31, 2015. More information will come soon.


Not yet decided – ongoing discussions regarding creative workshop in Luanda.


During autumn creative workshops will be arranged on the themes EAT, LIVE and MOVE in connection to COP21, United Nations Conference on Climate Change.


Making it happen in 2015

Photo: Lena Granefelt imagebank.sweden.se

In 2015, the Smart Living Challenge continues, but shifts focus: from ideas to making it happen In cities around the world, teams of citizens will work together to conceptualize and execute new projects or initiatives, inspired by the hundreds of existing ideas, that tangibly contribute to more sustainable lifestyles in their cities. With support from the Swedish Institute and Munktell Science Park, the results of this work and insights from the process will be put on display in Paris during the COP21 summit in December 2015.

Winners trip in 2014


In 2014, Munktell Science Park, together with the Swedish Institute initiated the Smart Living Challenge, an open, international innovation competition designed to generate business opportunities and ideas to foster more sustainable lifestyles in cities. The competition was a huge success, generating hundreds of ideas and, ultimately, 15 winners. During their visit to Sweden, the winners took part in meetings and workshops with some of the leading exponents of innovation in the country.

A total of 34 workshops were conducted, partly via Swedish embassies in 14 countries in collaboration with local partners. In all, along with contributions submitted to smartlivingchallenge.com, more than 300 ideas from 27 countries were generated. The jury selected 15 winners from 12 countries in 5 continents that was awarded with an innovation week in Sweden.