Participation takes center stage in "Digital Together: Berlin". In specific terms, this means that all groups of urban society have been involved in the development of the strategy from the very outset. They contributed their wishes and ideas and, together with the political institutions, worked out a "transformation program" toward a future, smart Berlin.
The city’s citizens will be actively involved in the implementation of "Digital Together: Berlin" - in an open, learning process that will only work with everyone's participation. The result is "Digital Together: Berlin", formed from a merger of the Berlin Digital Strategy and the Berlin Smart City Strategy.
In terms of the Berlin's Smart City concept, "smart" means tackling challenges sustainably, with a focus on the common good and working collaboratively – and all the while shaping change processes in a resilient manner.
"Digital Together: Berlin" therefore defines not only WHAT is to be done, but above all HOW individual goals are to be achieved on the path to a smart Berlin. Under the motto, "Transformation with the whole city", the strategy is oriented toward the needs of Berliners and supports professional goals of all departments.
In addition to the vision of a smart Berlin and the goals necessary to achieve it, "Digital Together: Berlin" is a process that bundles diverse perspectives and forces - and with which new tools are jointly tested.
A city like Berlin is smart when digitization and technology generate social benefits and strengthen the democratic community.
But only if the interests of science, business, politics, administration and civil society are aligned can all citizens benefit from the advantages of digitization and new technologies.
"Digital Together: Berlin" is therefore:
1. Aligned with the needs of Berliners,
2. Not a specialist strategy, but an "enabler" that supports existing, specialist goals and strategies,
3. A learning strategy
4. A strategy that includes governance, a participatory implementation concept, measures and their success monitoring.
The "Digital Together: Berlin" strategy comprises a concept and various measures as building blocks on the way to Smart City Berlin.
Among other things, five pilot projects are to be implemented by the end of 2026 that have already been financed through the federal funding program, Model Projects Smart Cities. In these, solution approaches behind the Smart City Berlin are prototypically elaborated and tested. In addition, further measures are being implemented to further improve interaction within the administration and with the urban community.
These will make the smart city visible, help people to better understand processes and realize the transformation step-by-step.