Dr. Ralf Kleindiek, Smart City Berlin

Credit: Dr Ralf Kleindiek

CDO Dr Ralf Kleindiek: 100 Days in Office

Dr Rolf Kleindiek was appointed Berlin’s new Chief Digital Officer in December 2021. During his first 100 days in office, he met with 100 Smart City Berlin actors. Their talks focused on Berlin’s new Smart City Strategy and digitising administration, among other topics.

From online formats such as “A coffee with the CDO”, organised by the Smart City Unit of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, and “The City Meets Its CDO”, organised by CityLAB Berlin, to face-to-face meetings: after his appointment in December 2021, Berlin’s first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) met 100 Smart City Berlin actors during his first 100 days in office. Over the course of these meetings, Dr Ralf Kleindiek, who is also State Secretary for Digital Affairs and Administrative Modernisation, prioritised getting to know the city’s digital scene in open dialogues and establishing as many personal contacts as possible as the political counterpart for the digital city of Berlin. “If we want a smart city, we have to know how to get there, and Berlin already has a lot of answers and inspiration at the ready. Together, we can make sure Berlin becomes more digital, more up to date and more successful, and at the same time free it from compartmentalisation and pigeonhole thinking,” Kleindiek explains.

Conversations focused in particular on Berlin’s new Smart City Strategy, which entered the next stage of development early this year and in which urban society is closely involved; another key issue was accelerating digitisation processes in administration. Beyond that, the exchanges with various actors from urban society, with associations and initiatives, business representatives, authorities and public institutions covered a wide range of matters.

On the whole, the conversations Dr Ralf Kleindiek conducted with 100 Berlin actors also offered many points of reference for future cooperations: here, digital public participation formats played just as great a role as mobility hubs, ways to create a circular economy and interconnected districts. All in all, a great start to the next 265 days of the year – and to the Smart City Berlin’s immediate future. (vdo)