Connecting companies to develop the cities
of tomorrow.

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Our Program

The BIA - Smart City Hub brings together corporates, startups, city officials, tech companies, and citizens reflecting a 360-degree view of the smart city innovation ecosystem. Our program aims at solving urban issues through cross-sector collaboration.

We provide multi-stakeholder events, workshops, innovation challenges, and co-creation projects setting a strong focus on ecosystem development and lean innovation principles.

 

What we do

Innovation Ecosystem

Public events and meetups to develop a prominent and large smart city ecosystem encouraging collaboration and exchange.

Open Ideation

Design thinking ideation workshops with multiple smart city stakeholders to co-ideate, connect and create synergies.

Open Innovation

A time-boxed co-creation process between a corporate and partners to develop a pilot solution to a specific urban challenge.

Innovation Ecosystem

Corporates


Sponsors of the program, defining the challenges to work on and driving the solution ideation and development process




Cities


Mentoring with city officials or agencies and access to city-specific data sets and experimentation fields.




Tech Companies


Enablers supporting solutions with data expertise as well as tech infrastructure.




Startups


Ideation and co-creation partners in the process of digital pilot development and experimentation.




Citizens


User research partners to continuously aim for a citizen-centric approach in urban innovation.





Corporates
Startups
Cities
SMART CITY HUB
Tech Companies
Citizens

Industries

We create a platform and program to build interconnected and integrated cities by bringing together the expertise and resources of various industries.

 

We strongly believe in cross-sector collaboration to break silos and create synergies within the huge ecosystem for the benefit of the city.

Our Focus

PropTech & Digital Buildings





Energy & Green-Tech





Smart City





Mobility & Public Transport





Healthcare





Future of Retail





Utilities, Waste & Water






 

Partners & Members

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Innovation Challenges

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RECYCLING & IOT

Alba Group

Waste trucks as sensor platforms ...

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DIGITAL BUILDINGS

Fujitsu

Digital transformation for smart buildings ...

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SMART TOURISM

Mercedes Benz

Pattern-detection in tourist-flows ...

 
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Startup Incubator Program

FUTURE CITY INCUBATOR

We are supporting pre-seed startups to reach the next steps in both – startup and smart city worlds. We focus on teams with ideas that contribute to the creation of a more connected, greener, and dynamic city.

This program is financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), as well as the State of Berlin.
 

“Initiatives like this program bring together the right actors, including those in urban society, in an agile way. Together we will develop answers to urgent questions about our growing city.”

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RAMONA POP
Senator, Senate for Economy
Energy and Businesses in Berlin

Berlin City

Partnership

Smart City Hub has already leveraged a rich network of city representatives in Berlin comprising 30+ mentors and collaborators involved in our program formats ranging from the senates to operational public agencies. 

 

City collaborators provide strategic and operational mentorship with access to data sets and experimentation fields, empowering a city-centric approach to solve urban challenges.

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About Us

We are BIA, an independent boutique agency and academy based in the heart of Berlin. We design training, innovation, and change programs for all size organisations in Germany and across Europe.

Out of our passion for creating better organisations and accelerating innovation across stakeholders, we launched the Smart City Hub in 2018.

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