As part of the second season of the "Model Projects Smart Cities" program of the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB), Berlin was selected for funding in September 2020 as one of 32 model projects nationwide. A total of 86 cities, districts and municipalities alongside intermunicipal collaborations from all over Germany submitted applications in response to the BMI's call for entries. The motto of the funding round was "Common good and network city/urban network", the title of the Berlin application "BERLIN LEBENSWERT SMART" (‘Berlin, liveably smart’).
As a model project, "Berlin liveably smart" is divided into three process phases:
- Phase I: Strategic Framework (February to May 2021). In participation formats such as online activities and workshops, Berlin's urban society developed the Strategic Framework of the Smart City Strategy. It contains guiding principles and defines the strategy's objectives.
- Phase II: Strategy (August 2021 to May 2022). The Smart City Strategy was written together with stakeholders from business, science and administration as well as urban society. The phase was characterized by the unification of the digital strategy and the smart city strategy into the strategy, "Gemeinsam Digital: Berlin" ("Digital Together: Berlin").
- Phase III: Implementation (January 2022 to December 2026). Specific measures and projects are currently being tested and implemented, including five pilot projects.
"Gemeinsam Digital: Berlin" ("Digital Together: Berlin") is a fusion of the Berlin Digital Strategy and the Smart City Strategy. The digital strategy brings implementation expertise into the mix. The Smart City Strategy complements the vision for Berlin - for thinking about urban development and digitization together.