The Circular City Challenge is a project to connect city representatives looking for the implementation of circular solutions with innovative solution providers who already have at least an implementation concept for the challenges cities are facing. In 2022 it takes place for the first time. Circonnact teamed up as local coordinators for Vienna with the organizers of Circular Berlin as well as Circular Munich and Materialkreislauf (for Stuttgart) to develop this project.
We identified local challenges together with local partners like the DoTank Circular City and WieNeu+ for city development, representatives from the 8th district (Bezirksvorstehung Josefstadt & Agenda Josefstadt), and project developers such as Zukunftshof and dieHauswirtschaft. Local promotion partners like Impact Hub, Vienna Business Agency, Circular Economy Forum Austria and Thinkubator helped to spread the word and activate their network to distribute the idea.
In a similar way all other coordinators brought in their network, with inspiring webinars supported by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Circle Economy and the Circular Economy Chairman for Prague we gathered momentum and motivated more than 100 applications of solutions at least in the status of implementation concept. The local partner will choose their most appealing ideas and at the end of April we will have pitches of the chosen solutions.
One important factor is that we are not looking for “the best solution” because we think every applicant already is a winner. We will provide visibility to the solutions and organize an event in the center of Vienna at The Mall to showcase the variety of circular solutions. If you want to support us in further developing the project, please contact Andreas.