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Welcome to our first e-update

I am Gustaf Landhal, Coordinator of the GrowSmarter project... let me give you a quick overview:

Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona have been chosen as the 3 Lighthouse Cities for the smart city project GrowSmarter in a contract worth €25 million under the European Commission’s ‘Smart cities and communities’ Horizon 2020 funding call.

The 3 Lighthouse Cities will roll out 12 smart solutions in energy, infrastructure and transport over the next five years. The idea behind GrowSmarter is to provide other European cities with valuable insights and stimulate the uptake of the 12 technologies to support the transition to a smart, sustainable Europe.

GrowSmarter is led by the City of Stockholm and involves 39 European partners from urban municipalities, research and industry.

You will be able to keep up with the journey of the Lighthouse Cities through our regular blog-style updates and by visiting our newly launched website. Other ways in which you can get involved in the project are detailed below.


12 solutions

Thanks to partnerships with 20+ industrial partners, 12 smart technologies related to ICT, mobility and infrastructure will be rolled out in the 3 Lighthouse Cities.

To find out more about the 12 solutions, visit our website >>

 Meet the 3 Lighthouse Cities

The 12 smart solutions will be rolled out in designated sites in the 3 Lighthouse Cities - Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona - including industrial areas, suburban and downtown districts, ensuring a sample base representative of many European cities.

Stockholm map
Stockholm has been working on climate change mitigation and adaption since the 1990s. The 12 smart solutions are being implemented in Årsta a fast-growing district in the south of Stockholm. 

Mika Hakosalo will be leading the implementation of the 12 solutions in Årsta, and will be providing you with updates from the Stockholm site.
 -- Click here to find out about Stockholm's plans. --          
Cologne is the 4th largest city in Germany and home to key players in business and industry. A vibrant area which has undergone a resurgence in recent years, Mülheim has been chosen as the GrowSmarter site for Cologne.  

Barbara Moehlendick will be leading the implementation of the 12 solutions in Mülheim, and will be providing you with updates from the Cologne site.
-- Click here to find out about Cologne's plans. --
Voted European Capital of Innovation 2014, Barcelona is a vast metropolitan hub with a long tradition of entrepreneurship and industry. Barcelona’s 22nd District is the chosen site for the GrowSmarter project. 
Alex Serret Garrigues will be leading the implementation of the 12 solutions in 22nd District, and will be providing you with updates from the Barcelona site.
-- Click here to find out about Barcelona's plans. --

 How you can get involved!

Become a member of our City Interest Group
As part of the project, five so-called ‘Follower Cities’ will closely monitor the ‘Lighthouse Cities’ to learn from their experiences and to identify measures suitable for their specific local context. You can become part of our wider network by joining the City Interest Group.

More information >>
Take part in our European workshops
Four European workshops will be held to showcase the experiences of the 'Lighthouse Cities' in implementing  the smart solutions and exchange between cities from all over Europe. You are welcome to join us at these free workshops and take part in the discussion. 

More information >>
Meet industry partners at our study visits
The three Lighthouse Cities will each host a number of study visits, which are free to attend, and provide opportunities to see first-hand technological application of the 12 smart solutions and meet the 20+ industrial partners taking part in the GrowSmarter project.

More information >>

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 646456. The sole responsibility for the content of this e-update lies with the GrowSmarter project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.

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