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April 26, 2022

The Smart Country Convention (SCCON) is back

Ater two virtual Special Editions the trade fair for E-Government, smart cities and regions is taking place live again on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

• The leading trade fair for digitalisaion in the public sector is displaying innovative solutions live in Berlin.

• Topics include implementation of the Online Access Act, open data – as well as inter-communal cooperation in smart regions.

• The event is expanding, with exhibitors, local authorities and ministries already registering to take part.

• Once again, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community is patron of the event.

Digitalisation is the topic on everyone’s lips. Cities and local government are in need of better online services, and not just since the pandemic began. From 18 to 20 October those taking part in the event will show how this can best be achieved on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. A display area of more than 10,000 square metres will provide ample space for digital solutions, exchanging views and networking.

The first key topics of the Smart Country Convention have already been confirmed: implementation of the Online Access Act (OZG), IT security and consolidation as well as open data, the GAIA-X project and cloud computing in local government. When the subject turns to smart cities and regions, the focus will be on how cities and rural areas can step up the pace of digitalisation, how online education can succeed and how inter-communal cooperation can function properly. However, technology alone cannot solve everything – what is important is to confront future issues together and learn from each other. For a preview of the wide-ranging SCCON programme please click here.

Among the first partners to have already registered for the Smart Country Convention is the Fraunhofer Institute from Munich, which develops innovative technologies for the future. Whether the topic is AI, climate technology or next-generation computing – the Fraunhofer Institute occupies a decisive role in the digital economy. Nor can a global player such as Google afford to miss out on SCCON22. For local government and authorities, being able to securely access and archive data is especially important. That is where Google’s Cloud can offer support – by improving public services, maximising workplace efficiency and providing innovative solutions. Other exhibitors can be found here.

Other institutions and organisations furthering smart developments in local government and municipalities will also be at the Smart Country Convention – such as the region of South Westphalia. Cities and local councils want to raise awareness for a smart country by implementing specific measures such as the blockchain for local companies, online maths classes or the Digital Centre for Education and Employment in Soest. These are examples of best practices which the region of South Westphalia is presenting at the Smart Country Convention.

Once again, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI) is patron of SCCON. As in previous years, the BMI and several other federal ministries will be making use of the event to network with experts from this sector in order to drive forward digitalisation in Germany. Companies have until the end of June to register for the Smart Country Convention 2022 and secure an especially good place. As always, registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Full details on how to register for a stand can be found on the website of the Smart Country Convention.

Visitors can already book a free ticket to the SCCON 2022 at the onlineshop.