Project goal: mySMARTlife project is aimed at creating an urban transformation strategy in order to provide assistance to the cities in defining a transition model that will help them to achieve excellence in urban development processes, by responding to major challenges that the cities encounter in their endeavour to approach the concepts of smart cities and smart economy.

Project duration:1 Dec. 2016 – 30 Nov.2021 (60 months)

Description: Defining an advanced urban planning process will serve as an instrument for achieving ambitious goals laid down by the Urban Transformation Strategy. The advanced urban planning process includes an integrated approach to planning interventions in cities on the basis of rigid evaluations of the impact of each intervention, the approach of active citizen inclusion in the city management process and structured economic approach, from the perspective of an urban business model to an economic framework for large companies and local small and medium-sized firms and start-ups.

Nantes (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland) are the so called “lighthouse“ cities, while Varna (Bulgaria), Bydgoszcz (Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Palencia (Spain) are the so called “followers“. All of them will be included in the Renewal of part of the city and smart houses development – Smart district; Smart energy – offer and demand; IKT development and urban platforms development; sustainable mobility – smart mobility, improved – smart public lighting.

Key activities are planned and will be carried out in three lighthouse cities: Nantes (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland). Four cities followers – Varna (Bulgaria), Bydgoszcz (Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Palencia (Spain) – will directly learn from these experiences and set up their own urban transformation plans. In addition, cities from Europe and beyond are invited to exchange experiences and learn directly from the mySMARTLife findings and results by joining the mySMARTLife Cities Network.

“mySMARTLife is aimed at supporting EU cities in their transition into more sustainable places. The commitment of Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki to develop their Advanced Urban Plans and to implement such ambitious actions in their cities through mySMARTLife [more than 150 actions in the three cities] ensures that not only the technology, but their related business models are validated from the cities’ perspective, making mySMARTLife a reference for a new concept of EU cities”, underlines Rubén García Pajares, project coordinator of mySMARTLife.



  • Defining the Urban Transformation Strategy (smart cities, smart economy, strengthening capacities and mentoring, advanced integrated urban planning)
  • Implementing activities in Nantes
  • Implementing activities in Hamburg
  • Implementing activities in Helsinki
  • Mentoring of implemented new activities


  • Fundacion Cartif
  • Nantes Metropole
  • Engie
  • Association pour la Recherché et le Development des methods et processus Industriels
  • Centre d etudes et d expertise sur les risques l environnement la mobilite et l amanagement
  • Electricite Reseau Distribution France SA
  • Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
  • Hafencity Universitat Hamburg
  • Hochschule fuer angewandte Wissenschaften
  • Volkswagen AG
  • T-systems International GMBH
  • Konsalt Gesellschaft fur Stadt und Regionalanalysen und Projektentwicklung mbH
  • EnergieNetz Hamburg eG
  • Helsingin Kaupunki
  • Forum Virium Helsinki OY
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
  • Helen OY
  • Fourdeg OY
  • Salufsin OY
  • Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu OY
  • Steinbeis Innovation GGMBH
  • Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation
  • Nobatek
  • Fundacion Esade
  • Miasto Bydgoszcz
  • Municipality of Varna
  • City of Rijeka
  • Ayuntamiento de Palencia

Total project budget: 21,574,074.21 €
Financed from the programme: 18,656,101.98 €
Budget of the City of Rijeka: 140,625.00 €

Financed under:
Horizon2020 programme, Smart City Call

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