'Think Digital!' event series

von Kai Zenner

Policy topic #1 - Smart Cities

The first 'Think Digital!' publication summarizes the discussions and the findings on the policy bloc 'Smart Cities'. At two workshops (January+February) and one panel discussion (March), our experts debated the opportunities and challenges of digitizing our cities.

‘Think Digital!’ – a year-long series on the opportunities and challenges of the digital transformation has concluded its first bloc with a panel discussion on 06 March 2017. The series’ first topic was all about smart cities: Today, more people around the world live in cities than in rural areas and 75 percent of the worldwide resources and energy is consumed in cities. How can we use digital technologies to improve the quality of life in urban areas, to reduce energy consumption and to ensure sustainable growth? What will be the role of policy makers, industries and citizens in this process? What challenges and risks do we have to encounter? These were some of the questions addressed during the panel discussion and by two previous workshops. ‘Think Digital!’ is organised jointly by the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Google, Siemens and ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association).

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