Our Mission

The CityLAB is a public experimental laboratory for the city of the future. Here, representatives from government, civil society, academia and start-ups collaboratively develop new ideas for how to both ensure and enhance the livability of Berlin as a city. The CityLAB combines elements of a digital workshop, a co-working space and event space into a single location where participation and innovation are jointly pursued. We see digitalization as an opportunity to re-think existing processes, dismantle social barriers and create new forms of civic participation.

The CityLAB is not a single, finalized concept. Rather, it’s a dynamic experiment intended to be continuously developed and re-imagined.

We use agile methods and rapid prototyping to shorten the time from the initial idea to implementation and find solutions that meet users’ needs. We work together in co-creation processes and offer a variety of opportunities for Berliners to get involved. We promote open data, software and standards and support the vision of “technological sovereignty” of cities.

Our topics

Innovative Administration

Birth certificates via Whatsapp and child benefits via cryptocurrency – does that fit together? What do administrative services ideally look like from a citizen’s perspective?

Smart Cities for Everyone

Building bridges across digital divides: How can we open up the smart city in such a way that as many people as possible become capable of acting in it?

Energy and Sustainability

Circular economy, upcycling, smart grids – how do we achieve a climate-friendly and healthy Berlin?

Offene Data, Open Cities

Black Box Society or Transparent State? How do we protect personal information and at the same time create transparency about public data and algorithms?

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Agile

We use agile methods and rapid prototyping to shorten the time from the initial idea to implementation and find solutions that meet users’ needs.

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Participatory

We work together in co-creation processes and offer a variety of opportunities for Berliners to get involved.

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Open

We promote open data, software and standards and support the vision of “technological sovereignty” of cities.

Team

Nadine Riede

Head of Content & Events

Anja Lüttmann

Public Service Coach

Anne Möller

Finance Project Manager

Ines Weigand

Community Management

Tobias Witt

Service Design

Fabian Morón Zirfas

Technology & Prototyping

Lucas Vogel

Technology & Prototyping

Dennis Ostendorf

Web Development & Design

Malgorzata Magdon

Administration

Lisa Stubert

Open Data Researcher

Christian Jamal Larsen

Research Associate

Nora Eilers

Working Student

Beirat

StS Dr. Frank Nägele (Vorsitz)

Senatskanzlei Berlin

StS Christian Rickerts

Senatsverwaltung fur Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe

StS Sabine Smentek

Senatsverwaltung fur Inneres und Sport

Prof. Dr. Olga Willner

HTW Berlin

Prof. Dr. Sven Ripsas

HWR Berlin

Jutta Lautenschlager

GovMen

Sebastian Stietzel

IHK Berlin

Walter Palmetshofer

Open Knowledge Foundation

Geraldine de Bastion

Konnektiv/re:publica