International Smart City Symposium

Redefining the Smart City

23.-24.03.2021, 13-18 Uhr, Hopin

Berlin’s new smart city strategy is to be developed in a participatory and dialogical process. The aim is to move away from a technology-centric understanding of the term smart city and toward a value-based and human-centric understanding. In order to live up to this claim, various participation formats are aimed at the entire urban society, from administration to business, science and civil society to so-called silent groups.

Following our Call for Society Engagement, in which civil society actors were able to participate through self-organized (online) workshops, we are now pleased to announce the international online symposium that we are organizing together with the Berlin Senate Chancellery and the Centre for Digital Governance at the Hertie School.

The symposium will provide an overview of the current state of research on smart cities and feature discussions with renowned smart city scholars and practitioners. The event will provide a forum for anyone interested in smart cities to listen, learn, present, and discuss current research, strategies, knowledge, and success stories.

In addition to presentations, there will be four workshops on Citizen Orientation, Business-Government Collaboration, Data Governance, and Administrative Capacity in the Smart City Context. In each workshop, attendee:s will hear inputs from a panel of experts on the respective topic and then be able to participate in a comprehensive discussion. The findings from this symposium will help inform Berlin’s smart city strategy.

More information on the schedule and the respective workshops can be found in the agenda.

Note: The event will be held in English.

The recordings of this event are available on YouTube.

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