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September 20, 2018

Andreas Scheuer is patron of the Hackathon at the Smart Country Convention

BMVI to provide data for the programming marathon

First competition to be held on 20 and 21 November at the Smart Country Convention at the CityCube Berlin

The Smart Country Convention has been able to secure another strong partner, with Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer to act as patron of the Hackathon at the event. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will also provide the data that will be used to develop digital solutions for municipalities. Over a period of 24 hours, a number of teams will use the data supplied to develop ideas and prototypes for administrations and public services at the competition. The Smart Country{Hacks} Hackathon will take place for the first time on 20 and 21 November 2018 at the Smart Country Convention in Berlin and is being organised by Hackerstolz e.V. The results will be presented on 21 November and a celebration will take place of the winning team. The project was initiated by Digitalverband Bitkom and Messe Berlin, the joint organisers of the event.

“A breath of fresh air is needed where digital solutions for municipalities are concerned, and the Hackathon is the ideal competition for that. The support offered by the federal ministry underlines the role of the Smart Country Convention as a platform for discussing innovative digital solutions for local authorities, offices and public enterprises““, said Achim Berg, president of Bitkom.

Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer: “We need innovation in the public sector in order to ensure social equality throughout Germany. Data is a central pillar of the digital transformation of society as a whole and the Hackathon gives developers, programmers and designers an opportunity to help shape Germany’s digital future, which is why I am delighted to be acting as patron.“

Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin: ”The digital transformation of the public sector can only succeed if we bring all the relevant players together. As well as other representatives of administrations, politics, the digital economy, associations and science, having the transport ministry on board is of great benefit to everyone at the Smart Country Convention. I am greatly looking forward to the results of the Hackathon.“

At the Smart Country Convention digital solutions for the public sector will be presented at the CityCube Berlin on all three days of the event. The Smart Country Convention targets tech companies, representatives of administrations and local authorities at federal, state and communal level, municipal companies and other public enterprises, as well as bodies supporting educational establishments and healthcare institutions.

More information on the first Smart Country {Hacks} Hackathon can be found at

Bitkom represents over 2,600 companies in the digital economy, over 1,800 of whom are direct members. With their IT and telecoms business alone, annual turnover is 190 billion euros, including exports worth 50 billion euros. Bitkom members in Germany employ a combined workforce of over 2 million. Among Bitkom’s members are 1,000 SMEs, over 400 startups and practically every global player. They market software, IT services, telecoms and internet services, manufacture appliances and components, represent the digital media or other parts of the digital economy. 80 per cent of these companies are based in Germany, 8 per cent each are in Europe and the US, and 4 per cent in other regions. Bitkom supports and is a driving force behind the digital transformation of the German economy and campaigns for a broad societal involvement in digital processes. The aim is to make Germany one of the world´s prime locations for digital business.

About Messe Berlin

Based on turnover and growth, Messe Berlin is among the world's ten leading trade fair companies. Each year it develops, markets and hosts hundreds of live events in Berlin and around the world. Its wide-ranging portfolio includes IFA, InnoTrans, ITB, FRUIT LOGISTICA and the International Green Week, all leading global trade fairs, as well as major conferences and outstanding events such as the street celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate. Messe Berlin has around 90 foreign representatives who market events in over 170 countries. Each year some 30,000 members of the media from all parts of the world obtain accreditation for events on the exhibition grounds in Berlin where the company has its headquarters. Thus, Messe Berlin acts as a driving force of the metropolis that is Berlin. Its aim is to be an outstanding host for visitors to every event at Messe Berlin, to give individuals an optimum boost for their business and to ensure fair conditions for everyone. This approach is reflected in the company slogan: ‘Messe Berlin – Hosting the World’.