Smart Cities - Breeding Ground for Innovation


Author: Dr. Claudia Pelzer, Project Manager Smart Cities at Berlin Partner for Business and Technology


Concerning the innovative adaptation of today’s urban ecosystems, smart cities don’t simply refer to an ever-increasing use of new technology such as the application of LED lighting, micro-energy grids, driverless mobility solutions, and sensors all about town. Most importantly they also address the (human) dimension of transforming social interaction and creative breeding grounds into inclusive and sustainable economic environments – with technology as an efficient tool to solve challenges and exploit opportunities.

A city hereby survives and flourishes depending on its resources and ability to adapt to whatever the environment presents. This capacity to evolve and to transform might be one of the biggest challenges of this century – it not only requires technological expertise, but also demands certain cultures and attributes that go far beyond plain technology.

Smart cities are therefore not necessarily those with the highest number of sensors, but those that also embrace risk, and reward both innovation and exploration. They need to acquire the capability to foster an ecosystem and breeding ground for experimental freedom that encourages human originality. The final goal is to thus channel these capacities into collaborative efforts between politics, citizens, organizations and start-ups.

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