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Summing up Smart Living Challenge 2015 at COP21

On December 2, The Swedish Institute and the Swedish Incubators & Science Parks participated with a program as key to tackle sustainability challenges in cities at the United Nations Climate Conference, COP21, in Paris.

In the seminar insights, from Smart Living Challenge activities in 17 countries on five continents was presented. Project teams from Brazil, Serbia and Zambia on the themes MOVE, LIVE and EAT shared their reflections on working for a longer period in a team.

Making it happen in 2015

Photo: Lena Granefelt

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, 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.