Smart City Berlin, Rush Hour

Smart City Berlin RUSH HOUR @ Smart Country Convention 2020 – a great success

Impulses and solutions for the Smart City eco system Berlin. As part of the Smart Country Convention 2020, Smart City Berlin organised a “Rush Hour” event on 28 October. The Smart Country Startup Award, also supported by the Smart City network, went to the Berlin company Metr.

On 28 October, the network hosted an exciting hour with 12 highlights as part of the Smart Country Convention 2020. The special attraction of the pitch format, in which partners from various sub-disciplines of the Smart City Berlin network participated: For the first time ever, this year it took place in the form of a hybrid event. In a maximum of 5 minutes, the participants gave a whole overview of the variety of solutions, which are so characteristic for the lively and vital Smart City Berlin. 

The online atmosphere was as dynamic as last year’s at the exhibition stall, because decision-makers and modernisers from administration and the public sector, innovation managers, Smart City and digital officers from Berlin and all over Germany had registered as participants. Questions were raised interactively via the chat and were answered by the team of Smart City Berlin in real time. All participants also had the opportunity to connect online.

The Rush Hour event was organised by the Smart Cities division of Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH. The Smart City Berlin network is an alliance of more than 150 companies, science and research institutions, associations, chambers and the State of Berlin. The pitch format of Smart City Berlin took place for the second time in 2020. 

Speakers and topics at the Smart City Berlin Rush Hour event

  • Katharina Goergens, Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Businesses
    Topic: “Energy Atlas Berlin”
  •  Dr. Stefan Höffken, Leiter Urban Data & Platform, Tegel Projekt GmbH
    Topic: “Urban Data Platform for the future location Urban Tech Republic”
  • Joachim Schonowski, Principal Business Consultant Smart Sustainable Cities, MSG Group GmbH; Chairman Smart City Standards Forum
    Topic: “Standards for the intelligent municipality: DIN SPECs 91387 - fields of action and 91397 - digital neighbourhood”
  • Karsten Göwecke, Deputy State Fire Director, Berlin Fire Department
    Topic: “Digitalization in emergency services & future orientation of the fire department”
  • Christian Köhler, Chairman of the Board, it´s.BB e.V.  
    Topic: “Why IT security must be an integral part of a Smart City”
  • Sven Hoffmann, Head of Sales/Marketing, infrest - Infrastruktur eStrasse GmbH
    Topic: “Digital construction site management and coordination”
  • Dr. Benjamin Seibel, Head of CityLAB; Technologiestiftung Berlin 
    Topic: “Smart City: Innovation through participation”
  • Roland Greifeld, Director Germany, Civocracy
    Topic: “Politics in CoCretation - innovative citizen participation from Lyon to Hatten”
  • Dr. Matti Große, Innovation Manager, IT-Dienstleistungszentrum Berlin (ITDZ Berlin)
    Topic: “Blockchain technology as the basic infrastructure of a smart Berlin administration”
  • Ramin Lavae Mokhtari, CEO, ICE Gateway GmbH
    Topic: “IoT Middleware for Smart Cities”
  • Karsten Nölling, CEO KIWI.KI GmbH
    Topic: “Smart Access for buildings and offices”
  • Burkhard Rönnefarth, Director Coworking, DB Smart Cities 
    Topic: “Everyworks - the station as a business hub”

Missed the Rush Hour event? Find the video summary here:  

Metr wins the Smart Country Startup Award 

Also in a pitch, the Berlin-based company Metr won the Smart Country Startup Award this year. The company received the award in the Smart City category, which is supported by Smart City Berlin and Berlin Messe. 

Metr’s idea: To make housing more efficient and sustainable through data-driven facility management. The start up company has developed an intelligent building management platform for the housing industry, based on Big Data and artificial intelligence. Using this platform, the Berlin-based company connects isolated applications in the smart building sector. 

“Metr has impressed the audience with a solution that is not only based on innovative technologies, but can also be applied immediately,” said Jenny Boldt, Head of the Startups division at Germany’s digital association Bitkom. “Roughly 100 applications for this year's Smart Country Startup Award prove that there is no lack of ideas and offers, but that too often public authorities and founders do not yet work together.”

The innovation award that includes a prize of 5,000 Euros, is presented by the Startup Initiative of Bitkom to young companies for outstanding solutions in the field of smart cities and digital administration.

The award in the e-government category, which had been presented the day before, went to SoSafe from Cologne for the development of an awareness platform, which companies can use to train their employees in a playful way on the subject of IT security.  

The Smart City Convention, the central industry event, also took place virtually this year.  Combining convention and networking, it brought together key players from administration, politics, the digital economy, associations and science. On 27 October the main emphasis was on the topic of e-government, on 28 October, the focus was on the Smart City. (vdo)