Data & AI for Greener Cities, do you have the solution?

Calling all startups, scaleups, SMEs, bigger companies and other relevant stakeholders in the digital field! CTO Amsterdam, Amsterdam Smart City, StartupAmsterdam and Amsterdam Economic Board are organising ‘Data & AI for Greener Cities’. Join the event and get introduced to the Helsinki Energy Challenge and the AI4Cities Challenge.

Are you working with AI, Internet of Things, cloud-based solutions or big data? Do you use this digital knowledge and skills to improve the energy or mobility sector? And do you have THE solution to make European cities greener? This is your chance to win some serious prize money to get your solution to the next level!

Join the event and learn about the possibilities from The mayor of Helsinki and the deputy mayor of Amsterdam. They will introduce two challenges that together have a price money of over 5 (!) million euros:

Helsinki Energy Challenge

AI4Cities Challenge on Sustainable Energy & Mobility

During the event, you will learn everything about the two challenges and are encouraged to bring in your (digital) ideas and solutions that can help solve them. The challenge owners will be present to hear about the possible solutions you have in mind.

More info on the challenges below.

Event programme

15:30 – 16:00 Walk-in

16:00 – 17:00 Introduction of the Helsinki Energy Challenge & the AI4Cities Challenge

17:00 – 18:30 Drinks & the chance to meet the challenge owners, ask your questions and pitch your solution.

The Helsinki Energy Challenge

The City of Helsinki takes its responsibility for fighting climate change seriously. It is their goal to be carbon-neutral by 2035. More than half of the carbon-dioxide emissions in Helsinki currently originates from heating. They want to change that. The Challenge calls for companies, research institutions, universities, consortiums and others to propose game-changing solutions that will change the heating system of the future. They look for impactful solutions, innovations and new technologies that can significantly affect Helsinki’s heat supply and help to decarbonise the heating systems around the world. The aim is that the proposed solutions are applicable and can be introduced before 2029, when coal has to be replaced as a source of energy.

Helsinki Energy Challenge is open globally and will be organised in stages during 2020.


AI4Cities is a three-year EU-funded project bringing together leading European cities looking for artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and meet their climate commitments. Helsinki (Finland), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Paris Region (France), Stavanger (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia) are the six European cities and regions involved in this project that has just kicked off.

AI4Cities challenges startups, SMEs, bigger companies and other relevant stakeholders to design innovative solutions applying the use of AI and related enabling technologies, such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data applications.