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October 06, 2020

From E-Government to smart cities – a wide range of topics at the Smart Country Convention

Congress fair for the public sector on 27 and 28.10.

Smart Country Convention - Special Edition: virtual and live on site

Speakers: from Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to Theo Blackwell, CDO in London

The coronavirus as a catalyst for digitalisation in the public sector, a digital eco-system for rural areas, and IT security in E-Government – on 27 and 28 October 2020 the Special Edition of the Smart Country Convention will take place featuring a wide-ranging programme of events. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the event will be mostly virtual this year. The congress programme will be live-streamed and can be followed in the comfort of one’s home or in the office. In compliance with the limitations imposed on attendance, a small group of speakers and decision-makers will gather in person at hub27 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

This year’s event will place special emphasis on E-Government and smart cities: 27 October is E-Gov Day, when the spotlight will be on digital sovereignty, the latest developments concerning the Online Access Act (OZG), electronic identification and cloud computing in local government. The Federal Ministry of the Interior will also present its digitalisation strategy. The events taking place on the Smart Plaza and Digital Forum stages can be attended in person and followed online. The Deep Dive sessions are an exclusively virtual format, which will present solutions for digital local government and use cases in E-Government.

28 October is Smart City Day. On the Smart Plaza and Digital Forum stages the focus will be on data platforms and digitalisation in public services and the mobility sector. The new Smart City Index, a digital ranking of Germany’s major cities, will also be presented. The forums on the topic of digital cities and digital rural areas are also taking place again. The Deep Dive sessions will present solutions for and use cases in smart cities and smart regions.

Speakers include Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Theo Blackwell, CDO for London

Numerous speakers have confirmed their attendance at both the virtual and in-person Smart Country Convention. They include Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Finland’s Minister of Education Li Andersson, EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Thierry Breton, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior Anne Katrin Bohle, and Dr. Markus Richter, Government Commissioner for Information Technology and State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Theo Blackwell, CDO for London, Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus, Minister for Digital Strategy and Development in the state of Hesse, Thomas Bönig, CDO for Munich, and José David da Torre Suárez, managing director of the Digital City Darmstadt, will be among those reporting on developments in cities and municipalities. Furthermore, the partners of the Smart Country Convention will present solutions and examples of best practices concerning digitalisation in the public sector. Those taking part include Accenture, Bechtle, Bundesdruckerei, BWI, Google Cloud, Huawei, SAP, Telekom and Smart City Berlin.

Satellite event: Smart Country Startup Award for the most innovative solutions

The Special Edition taking place this year will also present the Smart Country Startup Award again. The award honours outstanding innovations in the categories Smart City and E-Government. With the Smart Country Startup Award, Get Started, the startup initiative of the digital association Bitkom and exclusive partners are supporting newly established companies, talented entrepreneurs and visionary ideas surrounding digitalisation in the public sector.