The Challenge

The SELECT for Cities competition was built around the premise that cities across the world are seeking new methods, technology and tools to foster open innovation to solve challenges, create value for their citizens and business, and to become ‘smart cities’.


Internet of Everything (IoE) is one of the dominant drivers transforming the way people manage and live in urban environments. This new connected approach involves physical spaces as well as objects and provides a massive opportunity for the creation of new smart services and businesses especially in the areas of logistics, transport, environment, security and wellbeing. However, IoE progress to date has been slow due to a number of barriers such as the lack of common standards, a fragmented marketplace, and lack of ways to systematically test and introduce new solutions in the cities. 

To combat this challenge, and accelerate innovation, the SELECT project laid forth a competition open to all European companies to develop an open, standardized, data-driven, service-oriented and user-centric platform that enables large-scale co-creation, testing and validation of urban IoE applications and services.


Further details about the challenge and the competition cities - Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki - are provided via the boxes below.


Smart Vision

Detailed vision for the IoE platform created by the competition cities

platform ambition

The technical wishlist for the platform


Each competition city - Antwerp, Copenhagen & Helsinki - presents its use case to highlight how the platform will be used


The results of a European wide consultation on the competition aims 

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European Commission Affiliation

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688196.


Please note that this website represents the view of the SELECT for Cities project and that the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.