A dynamic group of senior policymakers, elected officials, leading academics, top business representatives and College of Europe Masters of Public Administration students (Simone Veil promotion) gathered for The 2018 Government Transformation Summit to discuss the challenge of administrative modernisation in Europe’s most innovative cities. The discussion was underpinned by three innovative state-transformation case studies conducted by College of Europe students. The session was hosted by the European Centre for Government Transformation, a tri-partite collaboration of the Lisbon Council, College of Europe and Accenture. In a wide-ranging debate, the deputy mayors of two major European cities discussed the challenges they face – and the innovative solutions they have devised for making public services more effective and viable. Paola Pisano, deputy mayor for innovation and smart city in the Municipality of Torino, Italy, and Børg Tysdal Moe, deputy mayor for innovation and sustainability at the City of Stavanger, Norway, made the case for powerful, responsive public services and described their local initiatives for making public administration more effective and citizen-centric. Bernard Le Masson, global managing director for public service at Accenture; Olivier Costa, professor and director of political and governance studies at the College of Europe; Gertrud Ingestad, director-general for informatics at the European Commission and president of the high-level jury that evaluated the case studies, also joined the debate. Later, 12 College of Europe students presented the results of their year-long state transformation case studies. Each case study examined a special challenge in a city chosen among the finalists of the European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Award – a European Commission’s directorate-general for research and innovation project. The winning team – which proposed an innovative plan to help Eindhoven City Council deliver smarter lighting – received The 2018 Public Sector Innovation Award, based on a competitive assessment judged by a high-level jury chaired by Ms Ingestad. Finally, Andrea Servida, head of unit for eGovernment and trust at the European Commission’s directorate-general for communications networks, content and technology, led a high-level Government Executive Innovation Circle debate on the European Commission’s eGovernment Action Plan, and the challenge and opportunity for local and regional administration in the 21st century.