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Strategic Framework for Berlin Smart City Strategy Passed

In early August, the Senate of Berlin passed the Strategic Framework for the Berlin Smart City Strategy, thus paving the way for the next step: finalising the strategy, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the KfW Bank as part of the Smart Cities Model Projects programme. 

One characteristic of the process to develop a new Berlin Smart City Strategy is particularly striking: anyone can join! The strategy is created in a dialogue with Berlin’s diverse urban society; instead of taking technological approaches as a starting point, the process is geared towards the needs of urban society. 

On 6 July, the Senate of Berlin first green-lit the Strategic Framework, which will act as the basis for the concrete finalisation of the Smart City Strategy. The senate then officially passed the document on 3 August after the Council of Mayors had already agreed. 

In March and April, more than 1600 Berliners had taken part in the brainstorming phase, actively and creatively contributing their ideas on the future of the city to the process via an online survey conducted by CityLAB Berlin. These ideas were supplemented by the results of workshops and in-depth interviews. Around 350 citizens then participated in the subsequent – and more time-consuming – online commenting phase on the resulting first draft of the Strategic Framework at mein.berlin.de.

Phase 2 to launch in September

Public administration and urban society will also be closely involved in the second phase of the strategy process, which starts in September. The process is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The development of the Berlin Smart City Strategy is part of the Smart Cities Model Project, funded by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the KfW Bank. 

For further information on the Smart City Strategy process, please visit the public knowledge repository (German only). 

Strategic Framework for the development of a new Smart City Strategy (latest version dated 5 July 2021 – available for download –  German only.)