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October 24, 2019

Smart Country Convention spans a bridge between public authorities and the digital economy

12,700 attendees, 150 exhibitors and more than 400 speakers on four stages

The next Smart Country Convention will take place from 27 to 29 October 2020

With 12,700 attendees, 150 exhibitors and 400 speakers, the second edition of the three-day Smart Country Convention set new records. The trade fair and congress on eGovernment, smart cities and smart regions had been enlarged by three digital conferences, new interactive formats and a Career Day. ”A significant increase in visitors and exhibitors – the second edition of the Smart Country Convention highlighted how important digitalisation is at every government level and in the public sector“, was how Messe Berlin CEO Dr. Christian Göke summarised the three days. According to a survey by the digital association Bitkom, one in two German citizens (56 per cent) consider digitalisation in their home town to be inadequate. However, six out of ten (63 per cent) say the idea of living in a city or municipality with a wide range of electronic services appeals to them. ”Developing the city of the future is a task that political decision-makers, eGovernment, business and science must confront together. The Smart Country Convention gathered all the relevant players”, said Achim Berg, president of Bitkom.

As this year’s partner country, Lithuania showed the way forward and highlighted its international experience over the three days. The Lithuanian ambassador Darius Jonas Semaška said: ”it was a great honour for Lithuania, which is at the forefront of digital innovation, to be this year’s partner country of the Smart Country Convention. The sophisticated solutions of Lithuanian companies can help to improve local government in other countries. We are confident that the contacts we have made here will strengthen the cooperation between business and local government in Lithuania and Germany.”

In addition to the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the partner country Lithuania, the event was supported by the three leading organisations representing local government – the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, the Association of German Cities, the German County Association, as well the Association of Municipal Companies (VKU).

Dr. Christian Göke’s aim for the immediate future is this: “As a result of the success with our partner countries Denmark in 2018 and Lithuania in 2019, we will make a thorough effort to create an even more attractive event for international exhibitors and visitors.”

Smart Country Convention to relocate to the new hub27 venue in 2020

From 27 to 29 October 2020 the Smart Country Convention will witness its third edition and for the first time will take place at hub27, the new venue on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Digitalisation of cities, municipalities and regions is the main topic at the Smart Country Convention, which gathers all the relevant players representing local government, politics the digital economy, associations and science. The three-day event combines a congress, workshops, advanced training events and an exhibition. The focus is on eGovernment as well as digitalisation of public services where energy, transport, safety, waste disposal, water supplies, education, healthcare and housing are concerned. The Smart Country Convention targets representatives at federal, state and district level, cities, municipalities and local companies.