Webinar: What to consider when defining your city challenge

08 Dec 2020

On Tuesday the 1 December the Climate Smart Cities Challenge partners hosted a webinar for interested cities and organisations to learn more about our open call.

The event helped to clarify the expectations around making an application, and enabled participants to participate in a discussion with experts from the organisations behind the challenge.

During the workshop the question “What are the most important aspects to consider when defining a challenge?” resulted in the following recommendations from the participants:

  • Be clear about who will benefit from the solution when the challenge is addressed.
  • Make sure the challenge is a part of a larger city initiative.
  • Involve the people who will be part of the implementation.
  • Make sure that the challenge does not include a hint regarding the solutions to keep an open mind.
  • Be well-prepared and make dynamic strategies based on challenges.
  • When defining a challenge, consider what the goal is and ensure you can measure progress so you know when the challenge has been overcome.
  • Make your challenge attractive to address.
  • Find a good place for testing solutions
  • Engage end-users, for example citizens throughout the processes
  • Use visual representation in your challenge definition to increase understanding and creative discussion.

Want more tips? Check out the Nesta Challenges practice guide.

Catch up on the full webinar

News and Views about this Challenge

Call to create healthy, thriving, climate-neutral cities


Preparing to scale climate solutions in cities


What a good city-based challenge looks like


How to frame a city-based challenge