NEWS - 2021/05/06

Citython Seeks Innovators in the Field of Urban Mobility

The first edition of Citython for 2021 is about to begin. Eindhoven Citython is looking for innovative young professionals – from architects and urban planners to data scientists and engineers – to solve mobility challenges in cities. This year’s event takes place online and focuses on the optimization of mobility, traffic safety and a healthy future of cities. The event is part of a larger project financed by EIT Urban Mobility, a body supported by European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and funded by the European Union. The hackathon, organized by CARNET (an initiative by CIT UPC) in cooperation with the City of Eindhoven and Breda University of Applied Sciences, gives young talent the opportunity to work with mentors and experts to develop innovative urban solutions. From May 28 to June 2, various teams will compete with each other. The winners will receive a financial reward.

Niels Wiersma, Data and Platform Strategy – Smart Mobility, City of Eindhoven: “Our ambition with Citython is to create an event that attracts European talent to work together on innovative solutions for the city of Eindhoven. This forms the foundation for the modernization, safety and health of cities throughout Europe. Participants make an important social contribution in an inspiring and fun way.”

Three challenges

Eindhoven Citython 2021 is organized in cooperation with The Dutch Technology Week. Participants are tackling three challenges:

  • Traffic safety in school zones – Eindhoven has the ambition to be a safe city with as few traffic victims as possible. The city aims to ensure that all school zones are safe.
  • Travel to the campus – Brainport Eindhoven is a breeding ground for technology and innovation. The new way of working in this region includes traveling together to campus locations. This Collective Private Transportation system must be as smart as the companies and employees who use it.
  • Make the city healthy – Eindhoven is growing: in the next 20 years 62,000 extra homes will be built and 72,000 jobs created. With this influx of new residents, how can we ensure a green and liveable city?


The kick-off of the event will take place on May 18. Among others, Edwin Heesakkers, Managing Director of Innovation Hub West at EIT Urban Mobility, and Peet van de Loo, Program Manager Access & Mobility, ASML, will speak on this day. The registration deadline is on May 23 and on May 26 the teams will be announced. The hackathon officially starts on May 26, with individual mentoring sessions on Friday May 28 and Monday May 31. On June 2, the winning team for each challenge will be announced. 2000€ will be given out in awards.


Registration for the hackathon is possible individually or in a team of three to five people. Anyone aged 18 or older from Europe can register. The organization of the event will help participants who register individually to find a team. Registration is possible until May 23, 18.00h via this link: