Expert and Project Groups

The expert and project groups in the Smart City Berlin Network base their work on Berlin's Smart City Strategy, which is being developed as part of the Smart Cities model project, as well as on the city's other master plans.

It is important for us to think across fields of action and sectors, because the best solutions for the city can be developed on an interdisciplinary basis. In addition, we exchange views on specific current issues within the framework of topical formats (meet-ups and project groups).

Topical Meetups (2020 and 2021)

  • LoRaWAN applications for buildings and neighbourhoods
  • Lightweight construction
  • Charging infrastructure
  • Sustainable mobility in urban districts
  • 5G
  • Urban data cooperation
  • Digital twins

Strategy Project Group

The 2020 project group, led by Dr Thomas Letz, was founded in the preparation for the last elections to the Berlin House of Representatives. The aim was to introduce suggestions and impulses from the network into the political opinion-forming process at an early stage in order to shape the Smart City Berlin in the legislative period 2021-2026. This has resulted in a position paper, which we have used for discussions and intensive talks with politicians at the state and district level.

Since the elections, the project group has concentrated on accompanying the major Smart City relevant strategy processes. These are, in particular, the new Smart City Strategy, which is being developed as part of the Berlin model project, the digitalisation strategy and the Berlin-Brandenburg Innovation Strategy (InnoBB). Here, we also provide advice and ideas within the framework of the participation processes, and support the state of Berlin in the development and implementation of smart projects.

Coordination: Dr Thomas Letz


Expert Group on Municipal Innovation Management

Berlin's 55 municipal companies are an enormous economic factor. In 2019, they invested a total of 5.5 billion euros. At the same time, they are important providers of services of general interest. Through the exchange of experiences, the processes in the companies can be accelerated, successful projects can be transferred and the high scaling or replication potential for innovations can be raised. Important topics of the expert group are: procurement of innovation, innovation processes, cooperation with and in ecosystems (e.g. with start-ups).

Coordination: Beate Albert & Sibylle Kubale, Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie


Expert Group Mobility

Within the Smart City Berlin Network, the Berlin Agentur für Elektromobilität (eMO, agency for electromobility) acts as a central point of contact for topics related to the “new mobility”. As a state agency and part of the Berlin Partner business development agency, eMO supports the ramp-up of electromobility and the piloting and dissemination of sustainable mobility solutions in Berlin. This is done in close cooperation with the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and a network of over 70 partner companies, start-ups, associations and research institutions.

The key topics are: Sustainable commercial transport (Electrification of commercial transport & sustainable city logistics), energy transition in transport (demand-driven provision of charging infrastructure & sector coupling and mobility infrastructure) and multimodality (mobility Management and intelligent transport system).

Coordination: Gernot Lobenberg, Berlin Agentur für Elektromobilität eMO


Expert Group on Sustainable Mobility in Urban Neighbourhoods

Neighbourhoods are an essential implementation area for the reorientation of mobility. Whether existing or new buildings, residential, mixed-use or commercial areas – depending on the characteristics of a neighbourhood, different infrastructural requirements and conditions as well as diverse interests come together.

In Berlin, there are a number of pilot projects and partners that have already tested new and sustainable mobility concepts in various contexts. The expert group Sustainable Mobility in Urban Neighbourhoods exchanges findings, especially from projects with participatory approaches and how these can

Participating institutions: Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH, Berliner Agentur für Elektromobilität, Bezirksamt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Bezirksamt Mitte, Bezirksamt Lichtenberg, Bundesverband VCD e.V., UG i. G., Interlink GmbH, LIFE-Bildung Umwelt Chancengleichheit e.V., LogisticNetwork Consultants GmbH, Next Mobility Lab, paper planes e.V., Stattbau Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH.

Coordination: Sibylle Kubale, Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH


Expert Group Smart Home

The aim of the Smart Home Initiative Deutschland e.V. is to promote a strong and internationally competitive Smart Home market. For Berlin and Brandenburg, a regional network of experts was founded, which regularly exchanges information on innovation, markets and practices.

Component manufacturers, electrical installation companies, software developers, concept developers and research institutions – all areas of the industry are locally connected within this initiative. As an open network, the initiative cooperates with other experts. Focal points are: Assisted Ambient Living, Assisted Living in the health sector, security of smart systems, local supply chains for the sector.

Coordination: Günther Ohland, Smart Home Initiative Deutschland