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October 14, 2019

Six finalists to pitch for the Smart Country Startup Award

The search is on for Germany’s most innovative startups in the categories eGovernment and Smart City 

The final will take place on 23 October at the Smart Country Convention in Berlin

Whether in cities or rural areas, digital technologies can make life easier, benefit the environment and ensure that local government becomes more efficient and people-oriented. The possibilities range from artificial intelligence and blockchains in local government offices to intelligent mobility using smartphone apps and data analysis. On 23 October we will find out which startup has the best ideas and solutions in the categories Smart City and eGovernment, after which the Smart Country Startup Award will be presented at the Smart Country Convention (22 to 24 October 2019).
Six startups will have an excellent chance of winning. As finalists, they will deliver their pitches in front of a panel of experts and a trade visitor audience in an attempt to win 5,000 euros in each category, as well as a free ’Get Started’ membership. Having prevailed against more than 100 competitors they have not only displayed highly innovative solutions but also impressed by showing benefits for citizens and the public sector. ”In the years to come digitalisation of local government, energy networks and mobility services will significantly gather pace. Startups are offering innovative solutions with the latest technology, from which citizens in particular will benefit“, said Niklas Veltkamp, managing director of Bitkom. ”The Smart Country Convention is the ideal platform to let these new and innovative companies come together with representatives of government and local authorities at federal, state and municipal level.“

The Smart Country Startup Award is organised by Get Started, the startup initiative of Bitkom, with the support of KPMG and Messe Berlin. Full details of the competition can be found at www.smart-country-award.de. The finalists of the Smart Country Startup Award are:

eGovernment

FixMyCity: this startup develops digital tools for new transport concepts and is currently assisting the city of Berlin with implementing its mobility law. Both here and elsewhere the aim is to create a database that will enable a constructive dialogue between local government and citizens. A key instrument is the system’s online maps which can be used to comprehensibly display local government information in an appealing way.

Polyteia: Polyteia has developed intelligent control platforms for cities and municipalities. The startup offers modules for collecting data in various fields, which is presented in the form of daily reports and forecasts. Cities can use this information to forecast the number of kindergarten places they need for instance, in order to take early measures to meet demand.

XignSys: the startup XignSys has developed XignQR, a smartphone-based multi-factor authentification system that features cryptographic encoding and digital certificates. This secure authentification method ensures that services for citizens can be conducted safely and easily by smartphone. The smartphone is used for providing digital identification in communications with local authorities.

Smart City

LiveEO: LiveEO uses satellite images and their data, which is automatically analysed, to monitor large-scale infrastructure networks from above. This helps rail companies to keep track of vegetation near railway lines. LiveEO can also monitor and keep underground pipelines well-maintained by identifying problem areas and minuscule earth movements.

Sooqua: the startup Sooqua has developed a predictive maintenance tool which assesses utility companies’ pipeline networks in real time and can predict pipe breaks. To achieve this it analyses data from previously installed sensors. Minor damage can thus be identified at an early stage and repairs initiated before a pipe actually breaks.

Zolitron Technology: Are the rubbish bins full yet? The sensors manufactured by Zolitron can determine how full they are by analysing vibration whenever an item is thrown in – an AI module then calculates whether they need to be emptied. This avoids unnecessary traffic movements and transport costs. Other uses for the sensors include smart traffic applications where they can gauge parking space occupancy levels.

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

At the Smart Country Convention the focus is on the digitalisation of local government and public services. The three-day event is co-organised by the digital association Bitkom and Messe Berlin and 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 digitalisation of public services where utilities, waste disposal, education, health and sustainability are concerned. The Smart Country Convention targets authorities at federal, state, city and municipal level. Full details of the Smart Country Convention can be found at www.smartcountry.berlin.