Launch of 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC)

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The 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) is an initiative of the European Commission (EC) supporting municipalities in adopting new technologies to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and rebuild their economies while steering them in the direction of green, smart and sustainable growth. The focus is on supporting mid-size and smaller municipalities with improving the quality of life for citizens and business competitiveness.

The ICC builds on the success of the Digital Cities Challenge (DCC), which helped 41 EU cities develop a strategic vision and a roadmap for digital transformation. Similar to its predecessor, the ICC cities will receive guidance and expert support though a city peer network that will share best practices regarding the uptake of advanced technologies.

The Amsterdam Region, represented by Amsterdam Economic Board and Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) is proud to join the ICC as mentor alongside European mentors Aarhus, Antwerp, Barcelona, Espoo, Hamburg, Nice, Porto, Rijeka and international mentors Medellin, Singapore and Toronto. The Amsterdam region will share its experience and learn from other best practices related to multi-stakeholder collaboration, innovation ecosystems, circular economy and citizen participation.

The ICC will officially launch on Monday, September 28 with a public event that will explore the role of cities and their ecosystems in search of a green and digital recovery. Amsterdam Smart City’s Program Director, Leonie van den Beuken, will share the Amsterdam experience on multi-stakeholder collaboration and innovation during a panel discussion 15:30-16:50 CET. The online event is open to the public and registration is possible via: <>

Following the launch, ICC partners will meet for a number of meetings, workshops and panels throughout Sep 29-Oct 2 on five thematic topics:

  • Supply Chains & Logistics
  • Green Economy & Local Green Deals
  • Citizen Participation & Government Services
  • Up-skilling & Re-skilling
  • Green & Digital Transition in Tourism

Experts and stakeholders from the Amsterdam Region who would like to participate in one of these sessions or to get involved with the ICC in any other way can send an e-mail to Amsterdam Smart City International Liaison, Cornelia Dinca, via with a short explanation of how they would like to contribute.

More information about the ICC is available via: