The European Centre for Government Transformation brought together an eclectic group of top civil servants and thought leaders in public-sector innovation to give a first evaluation of The 2017 College of Europe State Transformation Case Studies, prepared by students at the College of Europe (John Maynard Keynes promotion). Gertrud Ingestad, director-general for informatics at the European Commission, chaired the jury of top civil servants from EU member states and the European institutions. This year, the case studies were selected among the winners and finalists of the European Capital of Innovation “iCapital” Award given by the European Commission’s directorate-general for research and innovation. The projects focus on rolling out a “maker” strategy in Paris, France to promote a local and regional resilient economy; tackling social inclusion through innovative initiatives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and boosting Manufacturing 4.0 in Milan, Italy. Each year, 12 College of Europe Master of Public Administration students divide into three teams, each of which spend part of their academic year studying the challenges of a leading European public agency and making recommendations for further improving operations. Later, the high-level jury – chaired in 2017 by Gertrud Ingestad, director-general for Informatics (DIGIT) at the European Commission, will award The 2017 Public Service Innovation Award to the best overall project. Director-General Ingestad led the jury discussion, and chaired a working dinner on the challenge of state modernisation, and in particular, interoperability within public administrations. Founded in 2009 as a leading research and practitioner-driven community, the European Centre for Government Transformation is a tri-partite collaboration between the Lisbon Council, the College of Europe and Accenture.