Metropolitan Solutions 2016 aims to spur development of 'smart cities'

  • June 02, 2016
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June 2, 2016 - For three days, Berlin hosted high-level dialogue on the way forward for the world’s urban centers as they seek to navigate the challenges of the future and become smart cities. Political leaders, urban planners, municipal decision makers, scientists and businesspeople from around the globe converged on Berlin’s CityCube complex for Metropolitan Solutions 2016, one of the world’s leading events on smart city themes. What’s unique about Metropolitan Solutions is that it is a multi-format event comprising 26 world-class, independently organized conferences and workshops plus an exhibition featuring some 100 technology companies. IT and industrial companies like Siemens, AWS Intel and Doppelmayr used the event to showcase sustainable, smart solutions for tomorrow’s cities. The show as a whole addressed a wide range of topics, including renewables and energy efficiency, infrastructure for low-emission urban mobility, resource sustainability, and new approaches to public buildings and the design of public spaces.

Among the big highlights this year is the German Habitat Forum 2016 – Germany’s main contribution to the UN-Habitat III program. Organized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation and the Berlin state government in partnership with several federal-level government agencies, it is a key platform for discussion on sustainable solutions for tomorrow’s cities. The ideas and concepts that emerge from the German Habitat Forum will be fed into Habitat III – the 3rd UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – which will be held from October 17 to 20, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.

Other conferences addressed topics such as “Sustainable Urban China,” Municipal Finance” and “100 Smart Cities in India.” The speaker lineup at the latter included Germany’s Federal Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks. Metropolitan Solutions also featured the 5th International E-Bus Conference organized by the trolley:motion action group, a workshop on the Bertelsmann Foundation’s “Smart Country” project, and the “Logistics and Mobility – Digital Africa” conference, which is co-organized by the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Also among the big highlights was an expert symposium themed “Refugees welcome? Refugees integrated!” Organized by Network Migration in Europe, the symposium deals with the big challenges associated with accommodating and integrating large numbers of refugees.

Metropolitan Solutions runs from May 31 until June 2 and is aimed at both urban development professionals and members of the public with an interest in tomorrow’s smart cities.

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From its headquarters in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe AG plans and stages leading capital goods trade fairs around the globe. The company’s event portfolio includes such world-leading events as CeBIT (digital business), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA/LABVOLUTION (biotechnology and lab technology), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue, safety and security), and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). 

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