The Smart City Innovation Ecosystems Festival


The Smart City Innovation Ecosystems Festival – promoting a role of Cohesion policy support to the development of innovation ecosystems in the EU


Smart City Innovation Ecosystems Festival aims:

  • to increase visibility of the EU’s cohesion policy support in the set-up of the Polish innovation ecosystems in the Polish media,
  • to enhance citizens’ awareness of the results of cohesion policy in the field of innovation and their impact on their lives.

The festival promotes EU cohesion policy by Universities and other educational institutions.

The presentation of R&D infrastructure created with the support of the EU’s cohesion policy funds will raise public awareness of EU’s cohesion policy impact regarding the set-up of innovation ecosystems and innovative processes. The main idea of Smart Innovation Ecosystem Festival is to show how EU’s Cohesion policy influences on modem cities development and their innovation ecosystems in the context of smart city concept. The smart city trend creates the contemporary face of urban spaces. Smart city idea is also an attractive and modem matter for citizens, authorities, business, academia and media, which ensures visibility of the issue in media coverage.

To achieve the pursued objectives the Smart Innovation Ecosystem Festival formula is based on three interrelated actions:

  • Three-day hackathon that targets students, start-ups and PhD students. Its aim is to develop smart city, digital-based solutions during the event which takes place in the R&D infrastructure created from EU’s cohesion policy funds.
  • Two-day conference showing impact of EU’s cohesion policy funds on smart city innovation ecosystems solutions in everyday citizens’ life. Expert sessions includes representatives from different group of stakeholders (regional and local authorities, public administration, businesses and beneficiaries) to discuss on the current outcome and the future objectives and implementation proposals on EU policies for 2021-2027.
  • Workshops for pupils 6/7/8 year of primary school and 1/2 level of high school presenting the CEZAMAT laboratories to young people and presenting the EU policies.

Project co-financed by the European Commission


Representation of the European Commission in Poland
The Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology

Project value

120 046,30 €

Project Manager

Krzysztof Mieszkowski

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