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July 30, 2019

Smart Country: 10,000 euros for the most innovative startups

Bitkom to present the Smart Country Startup Award in the categories Smart City and eGovernment

Finalists to deliver pitches at the Smart Country Convention in October

Startups have until 15 September 2019 to apply

Artificial intelligence and blockchains in local government offices, intelligent mobility using all kinds of transport thanks to data analysis and smartphone apps – digital technologies have the capability to make everyday life easier and more environmentally friendly in towns and villages, as well as local government more efficient and people-oriented. Numerous startups are now striving to make this a reality, and those with the most innovative solutions will be honoured with the Smart Country Startup Award. The award will be presented in two categories: Smart City and eGovernment. At the Smart Country Convention (22 to 24 October 2019) in Berlin a total of six finalists will get an opportunity to deliver pitches to an expert jury and a large audience in a bid to win 10,000 euros prize money and a free Get Started membership. The finalists will also be able to meet a large network of established companies, investors and contacts from the public sector and occupy a free stand at the Smart Country Convention. ”If we want to make progress with digitising Germany’s public sector we need to make much better use of startups and their innovative ideas. The Smart Country Startup Award is an opportunity to bring startups and representatives of government and local authorities at federal, state and municipal level together“, said Jenny Boldt, head of Startups at the digital association Bitkom.

The Smart Country Startup Award is organised by Get Started, the startup initiative of Bitkom, and various partners including KPMG and Messe Berlin. Startups still have until 15 September to apply. An application form and full details of the competition can be found at www.smart-country-award.de. The finalists will deliver their pitches and the awards ceremony will take place at the Smart Country Convention on 23 October in Berlin.

Smart Country Convention: a three-day event on the digitisation of the public sector

At the Smart Country Convention the focus is on the digitisation of local government and public services. The event is co-organised by the digital association Bitkom and Messe Berlin. The three-day event gathers all the relevant players representing local government, politics, the digital economy, associations and science. The Smart Country Convention combines a congress, workshops, advanced training events and an exhibition. It examines eGovernment as well as energy, mobility and public safety infrastructures. It also focuses on the digitisation of public services where utilities, waste disposal, education, health and housing are concerned. Full details of the Smart Country Convention can be found at www.smartcountry.berlin. Tickets to the Smart Country Convention are also valid for admission to the digital conferences. They are currently free of charge. Reservations are requested via the Messe Berlin ticket shop.