Sustainable City Challenge 2023

Expo and finals

Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 , 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Exhibition with sustainable solutions from the Sustainable City Challenge, for a greener, more livable and healthier Utrecht. During the finals, Mayor Sharon Dijksma will announce the winners of the challenge.

The Challenge

The Sustainable City Challenge, from October 2 to 6, challenges student teams to come up with creative solutions for a more sustainable Utrecht. Students from ROC Midden Nederland, MBO Utrecht, Hogeschool Utrecht and Utrecht University are working on this challenge in mixed teams. The challenge will take place at various locations around the city, including Overvecht, Cartesius, Utrecht Oost and Utrecht Science Park.

Together with partners including CABlab, SVO De Dreef, Fietshub Utrecht, GoedOpWeg and the City of Utrecht, student teams are working on challenging issues with the goal of making Utrecht healthier, more livable and greener. The themes of these challenges include climate adaptation, sustainable mobility, livability and healthy urban living.

In addition to concrete solutions for Utrecht residents, the challenge also contributes to the Future conversations of the city for the new urban planning vision.

Expo and Finale

On Friday, Oct. 6, as part of Utrecht Science Week, the students will present their ideas at the expo. They will be happy to discuss them. Following this is the finals where four teams will present their innovative solutions. Here, mayor Sharon Dijksma announce the winners and present the prizes.

Utrecht Science Week

The Sustainable City Challenge is part of the Utrecht Science Week. The exhibition and finale are the conclusion of this week.


  • 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. : Exposition Sustainable City  presentation all ideas from participating teams (the exhibition can be visited as early as 2:30 p.m.)
  • 4:30 - 5:15 p.m: Sustainable City Challenge final
    Closing Utrecht Science Week, pitches from the four finalists and award ceremony by Mayor Sharon Dijksma

We cordially invite you to attend the expo and finals. The event is open to all interested parties. Please register your at the bottom of this page (scroll further down) in to be assured of a spot.

Friday, Oct. 6, 2023

3 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Accelarator, Uppsala Avenue 17

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About the Sustainable City Challenge

With the Sustainable City Challenge, we challenge student teams to think about a more sustainable and healthy world and come up with concrete solutions that we can use in the city right now. Many organisations are already working on these themes, such as the RIVM, Utrecht University and Hogeschool Utrecht.

In 2020, the first edition of this challenge took place. In it, nearly 140 students worked on solutions such as pocket parks for more peace and quiet, an energy campaign for residents, CO2 awareness for travelers and circular coffee cups.

Sign up to attend the expo and finals

    Sustainable City Challenge 2023

    Dates: October 2 to 6, 2023

    In cooperation with: Hogeschool Utrecht, University of Utrecht, ROC Midden-Nederland, Municipality of Utrecht, Goedopweg, Green Office Hogeschool Utrecht, Green Office University of Utrecht, CAB lab, MDT Utrecht and Utrecht Science Week

    Sign up through Sept. 22!


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