Smart City Challenge

A three-day hackathon dedicated to develop smart and sustainable smart city solutions

What is the Smart City Challenge

The Smart City Challenge is a three-day hackathon dedicated to students who want touse their knowledge to develop smart and sustainable Smart City solutions. The solutions aim to solve the urban challengesfaced by citizens and businesses in Frederiksberg to contribute to a more sustainable city and local environment. The event takes place from October 29 – 31 2021.

UPDATE: Take a look at the specific challenges here!


From Idea to Concept in 3 Days with an Interdisciplinary Team of Students

Through a guided innovation process, you get the chance to develop ideas with the help of your team members to improve tomorrow’s cities and turn them into viable, implementable concepts in only one weekend. You will work together with students from a variety of fields and experienced mentors and Smart City professionals.

Who Can Participate?

Students and entrepreneurs from all over the country are invited to participate. You can either sign up as a team or take part in the team formation and meet new friends and connections. Learn from each other and pitch in front of a panel of professionals. Participation is free, and food and drinks are provided.

What Is A Smart City Solution?

A successful smart city solution is innovative, user-friendly, and contributes to a sustainable world! It both creates and uses data about the city and novel ways of cooperation to improve the city and the lives of its inhabitants and users. The solutions can be anything from digital solutions (websites, games), hardware solutions (gadgets, sensors) to new services (analyses) or  workflows.

Programme Highlights

FRIDAY - Cases, Grouping, and Toolbox
16:00-16.30: Registration
16:30: Kick-Off & Introduction on smart city and sustainability
18:00: Case presentations & group formations
20:00: Get to know your group
21:00: Understanding the problem & user needs

SATURDAY – Concept and idea development
9:00: Research – Meet the case owners
11:00: Idea generation & selection
15:00: Mentor Check-In
19:00: Prototyping

SUNDAY – Development and pitch
9:00: User Testing & concept finalization
14:00: Pitch time
16:00: Award ceremony

Practical Info

Sign Up
Facebook Event

When & Where
Friday 29th – Sunday 31st of October 2021 at Station - A Student Innovation House in the old Frederiksberg police station on Howitzvej 30.

Free admission and catering
Working space, supplies, and catering (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks) is waiting for you. All you need to bring is your laptop and curiosity!


Why should you participate?
Meet and collaborate with other students from different backgrounds, solve problems, share skills and help build better solutions for a smarter and more sustainable life in your city.

Network with other students and professionals from the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.

Expand your toolbox with Design Thinking and other methods for innovation and collaboration

Practice pitching in front of a professional jury and receive feedback

3 days of fun and new friends!

Do you have any questions? Feel free to send an email to 

Disclaimer: Depending on the situation with COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions, this event might take place in a hybrid format.  

Smart City Challenge Is Powered By

The Royal Danish Academy of MusicStationFrederiksberg Science CityFrederiksberg KommuneUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen Business School