Moving from solutions to system change



From 01 June 2022 09:00 to 02 June 2022 17:00


Utrecht, Netherlands



The Scalable Cities community event “Moving from solutions to system change” wil be hosted by the IRIS Smart Cities project on the 1st and 2nd of June in Utrecht.

Cities of all sizes need to accelerate their transformation to climate-neutrality in 2050. The sense of urgency and pressure has never been higher – with a target for 100 cities to be climate neutral and a cut to EU-wide emissions in total by at least 55% by 2030.

Since 2014, a pioneering group of 120 cities have been working hard to deploy over 500 solutions in more than  20 countries through the European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse programme. But mainstreaming these solutions and creating a system change in cities is proving challenging. For this reason, this event brings the Scalable Cities community together to ask the following question: Is it time to replicate success factors and enabling conditions, rather than solutions?

Event attendees will be encouraged to share and explore the untold stories, triggers and conditions that enable cities to move on from the mere replication of technical solutions to a new innovation narrative based on a more comprehensive systems change. The interactive discussions  will: 

  • Capitalise on opportunities for climate neutral and smart cities 
  • Bust replication myths and explore the reality
  • Discover triggers and conditions for systems-change
  • Reframe the innovation narrative regarding the scale-up of smart city solutions
  • Connect with citizens & stakeholders

Expect fresh and frank takes from key actors, unconventional take-aways, inspiring walking tours and informative in-person meetings with peers. Keep an eye on the event programme, which will be updated with further details in due course.