16 - 21 July 2021


The city of Bilbao (pop. 350.000) tops the ranking of the main Spanish cities, according to Greenpeace**, for its commitment to sustainable mobility thanks to an increase in the city´s pedestrian zones. Mobility plans, indicators of public transport offered a network of existing cycle paths and pedestrian streets, and the level of pollution and noise back this results which pursue a modal shift towards energy efficient, safer, and active mobility.

Placing pedestrian mobility at the centre of urban life, with 64 % of journeys made by foot, compared to only 11 % by car. The Biscayan capital is the city with the best mobility rating, with firm commitment to sustainable modes, adopting far-reaching measures that are reducing car use and improving the quality of life of their residents, such as the recovery of pedestrian areas, a varied offer of public transport, e-bike sharing platform, management and charging for EVs, and the transformation into 'City 30' zones, reducing the maximum permitted speed in 87 % of its streets. Bilbao, supported by a vast innovation ecosystem, is eager to co-design new solutions to future challenges.

The city of Bilbao is working hand in hand with the Tecnalia Foundation for Research and Innovation. Tecnalia has the goal to transform technology into GDP, meaning wealth to improve people’s quality of life through the generation of business opportunities for the industry. Tecnalia is committed to generating major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by their technological divisions covering the domains of Energy, Environment, Industry, Transport, Building Technologies, Health, and ICT. Tecnalia supports 2008 different institutions in the design and development of programs to boost new ideas and business using a learning by doing approach that focuses on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Barcelona City Council was the initiator of the first edition of the Citython. Formulating an urban mobility challenge and providing support during the event. Because of their motivation to create a livable city with an inclusive and clean urban transport system, Barcelona is more than
eager to host a future edition of the Citython as an experienced city. The council will define a new challenge for the 2021 Citython edition in Barcelona, provide support to participants with the help of UPC and develop a follow-up plan for working with the winners of Citython Barcelona 2021. 



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Calming down urban traffic in Bilbao, the 30km/h challenge

Bilbao is a pioneer in setting the speed limit throughout the city at 30km/h. It aims to facilitate the coexistence on public roads of different types of vehicles, with a clear nod to the most vulnerable: bicycles, scooters, ... pedestrians. At 30km/h, not only do the consequences of the accidents decrease in intensity, but the reduction in environmental and noise pollution becomes palpable. However, not all drivers are able to change their mods from one day to the next for various reasons. The city needs to meet this goal to promote more respectful and inclusive mobility and thus faces the dilemma: How to get cars to respect the 30km/h limit? More control systems/penalties/fines or incentives through gamification systems,… other?

Solidary and sustainable Urban Logistic for Bilbao

E-commerce is generating new habits in which the immediacy of the purchase is gaining ground; fast, free shipping and recollection cause terrible saturation of urban roads with a myriad of eminently polluting vehicles of all kinds that sometimes pass more than four times through the same points in the same day. Citizens obtain their satisfaction in exchange for dissatisfaction that is already costing a high price to the city of which they are part. This challenge aims to raise awareness of the problem, analyze its origins, contours and causes, its agents and affected parties, and generate alternative solutions to blockage, restriction or limitation, through innovative and creative ideas in which all those involved and can participate.

Help Barcelona citizens to move in a safer, more sustainable and healthier way

Barcelona SUMP 2024 puts citizens in the centre of city mobility. Thus, it aims to boost a modal change that makes it possible that more than 80% of trips inside the city are made by sustainable modes (walking, cycling and public transport) in 2024. Citizens’ health is another of Barcelona main concerns and so SUMP 2024 goals for active mobility are highly ambitious. But above all, we are aware that we must make trips safer, especially for the most vulnerable (pedestrians and cyclists). We are looking for smart solutions to identify the riskiest areas for vulnerable and propose actions to make their trips safer. 




Event Agenda

Thursday, 8th July  


10:00-10:25. Welcome speech

  • Speech by Daniel Serra, EIT Urban Mobility

  • Speech by Alfonso Gil, City of Bilbao

  • Speech by Eugeni Rico, City of Barcelona​

10:25-10:55. Announcement Challenge I

¨Calming down urban traffic in Bilbao, the 30km/h challenge¨

 Inspirational Techpill Talk I

  • Speech by Nelida Santos, City of Bilbao​

  • Speech by Roberto de San Salvador del Valle Doistua​, University of Deusto

  • Q&A


10:55-11:00. Virtual Coffee break

11:00-11:30. Announcement Challenge II

¨Solidary and sustainable Urban Logistic for Bilbao¨

Inspirational Techpill Talk II

  • Speech by Urrotz Larrañaga, City of Bilbao

  • Speech by Jesus de la Quintana, Tecnalia

  • Q&A


11:30-12:00. Announcement Challenge III

¨Help Barcelona citizens to move in safer, more sustainable and healthier way¨ 

Inspirational Techpill Talk III

  • Speech by  Eugeni Rico, City of Barcelona

  • Speech by Melisa Pesoa, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

  • Q&A
















Sunday, 11th July 

18:00. Registration deadline!


Wednesday, 14th July 


09:00. Announcement of Teams. Start Hacking!

Friday, 16th July 

10:00-13:00. Individual mentoring session I

Monday, 19th July

10:00-13:00. Individual mentoring session II

Tuesday, 20th July ​

12:00. Deadline submission of final solutions

(mid-term review form & video).

If these two files are not sent, your group will be automatically disqualified. You will not be able to pitch in front of the jury members on Wednesday, 21 July and therefore you will not be eligible for any of the announced prizes.

16:00. Publication of the final candidates.

Wednesday, 21st July 

10:00 – 12:00. Final candidates presentations to the jury members

15:00 – 15:30. Announcement of winners and closure.

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Webinar - 8 July 2021




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Master of Ceremony


Partners of Citython 2021 - Bilbao & Barcelona

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This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility,an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more: