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During the past months, the follower city of Leipzig has made an effort to bring the Smart City topic closer to the inhabitants of the focus district in Leipzig-West and, at the same time, to contribute to a city wide strategy.
During September and October 2016, a series of four thematic evening events took place. Each workshop was dedicated to a Smart City related topic: Smart Energy, Smart Mobility, Smart District and Active Neighbourhood Society. After an input speech by a member of the local Triangulum team on Smart Cities and on first ideas on a “smart” district in Leipzig West, the participants discussed visions and obstacles for the further smart development of the district as well as their own project ideas. The results of the evenings will contribute to the Smart City implementation plan to be developed within the Triangulum project activities in Leipzig.
Additionally, a new website was launched to explain and document the Smart City process in Leipzig-West. It will constantly be updated and new information on events on Smart City topics will be published.
The local Triangulum team also works closely with other partners to engage inhabitants in Smart City topics. Together with the Institute of Urban Development and Construction Management of Leipzig University, the evening lecture series “HOT SPOTS :: DER STADTENTWICKLUNG” is organised during the winter semester, focusing on Smart City related topics. In the first lecture, Steffen Braun of Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart presented the Living LaB Ludwigsburg. In November 2016, Ulrich Hörning, Deputy Mayor of the Department of General Services of the City of Leipzig, presented his ideas for a “smart” city.
On 22.11.2016 the expert discussion “Leipzig is growing sustainably – the digital city” took place as part of the update process for Leipzig’s integrated urban development strategy. Around 50 participants with different backgrounds (civil society, science, economy, city administration and other municipalities) discussed the opportunities and challenges of a “Digital City”.