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About the ingredients in the secret sauce of smart cities: Learning from urban innovation and co-creation practices

The future of cities is of increasing concern globally. As nodes of humankind, cities are both threat and solution to respond to climate change. Answers have yet to be found to tap into the full potential of cities to contribute to a better future. Can Smart Cities be the panacea? What is it that makes cities smart? Which city wouldn't like to be smart? This hybrid event focuses on showcasing different projects and approaches under the greater umbrella of innovation and co-creation of smart cities GIZ is engaged in.

Peter Sailer



Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 1
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Transforming Cities through Innovative Solutions and Technologies
NE 41


GIZ as a globally acting agency for development cooperation supports many national, regional, and municipal bodies on their way to implementing more sustainable and smarter strategies to enable future successes in the global competition of cities and regions. Over the last decades, many smart cities and national urban development policies around the world have been supported and smart cities’ approaches have been extracted. Cities are built for its people and by its people. Two aspects are obvious to be of importance for successful and future-oriented smart urban development strategies: innovation and co-creation.

While networking in a hybrid way we want to look at some examples from national to local level and work out what constitutes successful – sustainable – innovation and co-creation: What are innovation laboratories good for? How are good innovation management processes structured? Which basic requirements – funding, community managers, technical support – do they need? We will learn from examples from approaches on national level in Germany and Mexico, from a municipal point of view in Brazil, how the BMZ digilab aims at bringing together the public and private sector, and from the International Smart Cities Network on how to support co-creation on a neighbourhood level through open-source market solutions.


Enabling and enhancing horizontal peer learning on two key elements of smart cities, building on a variety of context-specific GIZ approaches

Session speakers

Ms. Renate Mitterhuber
Head of Division Smart Cities
German Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB)
Ms. Stella Deppe
Advisor digilab
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Ms. Daniela Torres Mendoza
Advisor Agenda 2030 Initiative
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Ms. Larissa Menescal
Planning and Management Analyst
Institute for Planning of Fortaleza City Hall
Ms. Vaishali Nandan
Project Head, Climate Smart Cities
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Ms. Julia Brennauer
Advisor of the International Smart Cities Network (ISCN)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH