Athens is named the 2018 European capital of innovation
Athens, Greece has been named the 2018 European Capital of Innovation for the innovative ways in which it has overcome social and economic challenges and turned them into new opportunities.
The €1 million iCapital first prize was announced at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal on 6 November, with five other European cities receiving runner-up prizes of €100,000.
‘Athens has shown a new dimension to what we mean by innovation. It is not only for the powerful, well-resourced and prosperous cities, it is for everyone,’ said Athens’ mayor Georgios Kaminis, when the award was announced.
The “European Capital of Innovation” award recognizes European cities, which implement innovative solutions to improve the lives of their citizens. Specifically, it is awarded to cities that use innovation to enhance their sustainability, offer opportunities for the active involvement of their citizens and contribute to open and dynamic innovation ecosystems, collaborating with citizens in the decision-making process.