Smart City Challenge Leipzig


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The City of Leipzig organises an annual innovation competition with the title „Smart City Challenge Leipzig“. Founders, start-ups, students and established ventures are called upon to find innovative digital solutions for predetermined questions and challenges in the areas of civil society and municipal administration.

The competition is realised in cooperation with the Smart City Infrastructure Hub Initiative (external Link) and fits seamlessly into the existing activities of Leipzig’s start-up ecosystem.

For each challenge, three submitted solutions and ideas from start-ups are selected to be further developed with the municipality. Afterwards the best of these three ideas can be implemented and practically tested, depending on the probability of success.

Application time till 15.03.2024:

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Benefits of taking part at the Smart City Challenge?

The winners get the chance to further develop and implement their ideas and business models with the municipality. This creates an attractive environment for innovations and supports the start-up location of Leipzig. Moreover, participants gain access to an attractive network of founders. With the Smart City Competition, new synergies and impulses for joint cooperation and projects will arise between start-ups and established ventures.

The Smart City Challenge enables the municipality to test and implement digital innovations in the form of pilot projects as a solution for municipal and social challenges. The range of pilot projects to be implemented with start-ups reach from new products, processes to new digital services. The exchange between municipality and civil society leads towards an open mind-set for innovations and supports the digital transformation process.

Topics 2024

Leipzig Book Trail Digital

What could a web-based digital “Leipzig Book Trail” look like that creates on-site experiences, offers narratives about the book city of Leipzig, and showcases the current book scene?

Category: Culture/Tourism


Chatbot for Applicants with Artificial Intelligence Support in Recruiting

How can AI applications in the recruiting process lead to increased efficiency in standardized selection processes and how can a chatbot be used as a user-friendly communication tool on an individual basis?

Category: Personal Management/HR


Charging Station Dashboard for Monitoring and Planning Urban Charging Infrastructure

The city of Leipzig would like to better understand the spatial distribution and past growth of charging stations in the urban area and be able to simulate future developments.

Category: Mobility/Smart City


Jugendparlament Leipzig (Youth Parliament Leipzig) – Making participation digital accessible

How can we make the Youth Parliament digitally accessible to all young people?

Category: Society/Democracy

Jugendparlament Leipzig

Citizen’s Allowance Calculator+ – your personalised entitlement calculator

How is it possible to calculate the most accurate possible entitlement to a citizen’s allowance with as little input as possible and thus provide guidance?

Category: Community/Social

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Do you also have topics that you would like to introduce into the competition as a future challenge?

Send us your ideas using the registration form below.

Contact for organizational questions

Sebastian Graetz
Project manager Digital City Unit (Referat Digitale Stadt).

Contact persons regarding content related question can be found in each challenge.

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