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.


With the main subject “natural and human resources”, this creative workshop and conference is taking place May 30-31, 2015. Arranged by Walter IT Solution and Embassy of Sweden in Sarajevo.


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.


Ideas to tackle food waste from Indonesian talents

30 participants gathered in Jakarta on May 23 for a one day creative workshop on how to tackle food waste. Among the participants were food waste startups, city officials, researchers, students, NGO-representatives and food bloggers, all engaged and motivated to make a change.

IKEA, one of the partners in Smart Living Challenge Jakarta (arranged by the Swedish Embassy), called for ideas which are very simple and could improve people’s everyday life. Food waste is a major problem all over the world with one third of the food produced never consumed.  The average rubbish bin of a family consists of approximately 70 percent organic waste.

The participants were divided into four groups, and after inspirational talks of Edwin Permana, last year’s Smart Living Challenge winner with his project on water treatment, Arlisa Febriani, winner of the IKEA Blue Bag award for her ideas and Foodlap, a startup with several ideas for food waste treatment techniques, the brainstorming began.

BagiMak, a group that came with the idea of developing a food sharing application with the possibility to donate or share your left-overs was awarded the first prize from the jury.

We are so happy that the jury liked the idea, and so excited to have been part of this workshop. We will definitely meet up again and develop the concept further

said Lia Vania Dewi, participant of the winning group.

I would love to use this application. We often have great amount of leftovers after events or other, and it is not always we could find good use of it

said Johanna Brismar Skoog, Ambassador of Sweden to Indonesia, and part of the local jury.

Read more at the Embassy of Sweden Jakarta website.

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 SISP, 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.