‡ smart urban pioneers Ideas for the city.

In the future, most people will live in cities. Yet there are many challenges associated with this scenario. With the smart urban pioneers idea contest, smart seeks and supports visionaries who want to make life in cities even more livable.

In the future, most people will live in cities. Yet there are many challenges associated with this scenario. With the smart urban pioneers idea contest, smart seeks and supports visionaries who want to make life in cities even more livable.

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What’s the best use for empty buildings? How to network for neighborhood support 3.0? How can I share my car or cargo bike with others? And how do we go about turning even more spaces into blooming city gardens?

smart is all about intelligent solutions for urban challenges. With smart urban pioneers, smart seeks to actively help shape the future of the city.

smart seeks innovations and visions for the city, for its residents, and for even more urban joy. In this spirit, smart urban pioneers calls all bright minds, creative specialists, and intrepid tinkerers to become urban pioneers or to support other people’s visionary ideas. Together with smart magazine readers, smart urban pioneers accompanies the very best ideas from concept to implementation.

Here, smart not only serves as curator, but also provides direct and lasting support – a total of €50,000 will be made available to the winners to help realize their ideas. Over three phases, an expert jury of five as well as smart magazine readers select the very best of the submitted projects.

The count down is on.

Crowdfunding starts in …

The voting has ended – and you have voted non-stop to make it happen: three innovative projects have made it into the grand finale of smart urban pioneers. We can’t wait to bring Cabin Spacey from Berlin, Urban Affairs 2016, also from Berlin, and myLike from Munich to life.

Starting in June, you can support the finalists on the international crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. So watch this space.

Phase 1: time for ideas

How it works

1.
On the hunt for ideas
2.
Voting for the best
3.
Funding the winners

The three staggered phases of smart urban pioneers ensure that all projects are thoroughly vetted and evaluated.

During the application phase, smart urban pioneers encourages all urban visionaries to submit their promising ideas, concepts, and projects. An expert jury of five pinpoints ten projects for the shortlist.

In phase two, these projects are then portrayed on smart magazine, where readers pick their three favorites.

Phase three: smart curates the top three submissions with crowdfunding campaigns on the international crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

In addition to the crowdfunding campaign, smart supports the winners with a total of €50,000. The minds behind the top project receive €25,000, those in second place €15,000, and the third-ranked ones
€10,000 to realize their ideas.

The patron

Christian Vollmann

Christian Vollmann is known as a German serial-entrepreneur and one of the most active angel investors in Germany. He is also an advisory board member of the Federation of German Startups and part of the “Young Digital Economy” Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs.
Today, he is seeking to make our cities an even better place to live with his new venture nebenan.de, which he founded in 2015.

The jury

Our experts

smart urban pioneers expert Frank Schmiechen

Frank Schmiechen

Gründerszene, Berlin, Germany

An expert on entrepreneurship and editor-in-chief of Gründerszene, Germany's leading online magazine for startups and the digital economy.
smart urban pioneers expert Joana Breidenbach

Dr. Joana Breidenbach

betterplace, Berlin, Germany

Co-founder and member of the supervisory board of betterplace.org, Germany's largest online platform for donations and social projects, and betterplace lab, the organization's think tank.
smart urban pioneer expert Ana S. Barros

Ana S. Barros

Instagram influencer & architect, Vienna, Austria

Portuguese-born and based in Vienna, Instagram photographer and architect Ana S. Barros takes her followers to the cities of the world with her very own perspective on urban life.
smart urban pioneers expert Renat Heuberger

Renat Heuberger

South Pole Group, Zürich, Switzerland

Social entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Zürich-headquartered South Pole Group and a known expert in sustainability solutions for companies.
smart urban pioneers expert Dr. Marianne Reeb

Prof. Dr. Marianne Reeb

Daimler Research & Development, Stuttgart, Germany

As Manager Future Mobility Customers & Markets in Research & Development, Prof. Dr. Marianne Reeb is responsible for futurology at Daimler.