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4 May 2021 - 5 May 2021
Vienna, Austria
Smart City Summit

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The Conference Live Stream will start on May 4th 09:00. The livestream is accessible once you register for the event. 

Hosting: Lena Reiser & Lukas Lengauer, Vienna Business Agency

9:00 - 9:30 
Opening Session: Welcome and Keynote

Peter Hanke, Executive City Councillor of Finance, Business, Labour, International Affairs and Vienna Public Utilities
Martin Krajcsir, CEO Wiener Stadtwerke
Thomas Bohrn, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wien Holding
Robert Grüneis, CEO Aspern Smart City Research
Gerhard Hirczi, CEO Vienna Business Agency

    9:30 - 11:00
    Resilience for Smart Cities: Learnings and Insights from the Covid-19 Pandemic
    The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed our daily lives. This session explores the effects on city planning and how city planning can contribute to a safe environment and safe public spaces. Furthermore we will gain insights on how fast innovation funding tracks can support the development of tools in the crisis and how our overall mobility has changed in the last year.

    Dominic Weiss, Smart City Agency Vienna
    Marco Espinheira, City of Cascais
    Eva Czernohorszky, 
    Vienna Business Agency
    Tanya Tongwaranan, Smart Cities APAC Region, Plug & Play Tech Center
    Laura Kirchner, Citibeats
    Stefan Seer, AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology

    11:00 - 12:30
    Circular Cities: The Role of Cities in the Transition towards Circularity
    The transition from a linear economy to a circular approach marks one of the trends to tackle climate change and resource consumption. Cities can boost this transition by building an ecosystem around circularity. This session will provide insights on ecosystems, lighthouse projects and different approaches to reaching circularity.

    Lauréne Descamps, Impact Hub Zurich
    Anna-Vera Deinhammer,
    City of Vienna
    Markus Meissner,
    Pablo van den Bosch, Madaster
    Patrick Bergmann,
    Nadja Pröwer,
    Drees & Sommer
    Johannes Kisser,
    Peter Windischhofer,

    13:00 - 13:30
    Lunch Session: 
    Vienna's funding landscape for sustainable projects at a glance
    Alexander Diesenreiter | 
    Impact Hub Vienna, Melanie Vöhringer | AWS: Austrian Promotional Bank, Larissa Gruber | FFG: Austrian Research Promotion Agency and Matthias Heilbrunner | Vienna Business Agency 

    13:30 - 15:00
    Smart Districts: Tackling urban problems on a local level
    One size fits all is an outdated approach when it comes to solving urban problems. This session will provide insights on how local approaches can contribute to problems like sustainable logistics, energy production and consumption, energy trading and designing walkable city districts. 

    Vaetan Gannay, 
    Angelika Winkler, City of Vienna
    Monika Unterholzner,
    Wiener Lokalbahnen
    Oliver Juli,
    Aspern Smart City Research
    Petra Schöfmann,
    Urban Innovation Vienna
    Christoph Kirchberger, aspern.mobil LAB & Juho Kostiainen, City of Helsinki

    15:00 - 16:30
    Sustainable Buildings: Decarbonizing the Built Environment
    The construction sector is still one of the largest CO2 emitters in cities. However, large CO2 savings have already been achieved in this area through regulations and technological innovations, especially new buildings. Different technological approaches are currently being pursued in parallel - what all approaches have in common is the combination of high energy standards with high quality of living and use. Digitisation and prefabrication allow a scaling of these approaches. In this session, selected construction projects will be presented that combine ecological building, digitization and prefabrication in an innovative way.

    Peter Holzer,
    Institute of Building Research & Innovation
    Edeltraud Haselsteiner,
    Michael Stangl,
    Ibrahim Memic,
    Arwag & Bernhard Scharf, Greenpass
    Steffen Robbi,
    DIGITAL FINDET STADT & Robert Duda & Aaron Grudnik, DELTA
    Alexander Schäfer,
    Vienna Business Agency

    16:30 - 18:00
    Digitalisation for Cities: Digital Twins and 3D Printing
    Digital Tools, Smart City Platforms and Digital Twins for Cities can play a crucial role for managing and maintaining a city and its infrastructures. This session will explore potentials for Digital Twins for large infrastructures, show the benefits of open source platforms and delve into 3D printing for mucicipial utilities.

    Ulrich Ahle,
    Michaela Haberler-Weber,
    ÖBB Infrastruktur
    Sonja Zahradník-Leonhartsberger,
    Kai Siefert,
    Wien Energie
    Klemens Himpele,
    City of Vienna

    18:00 - 19:00
    Hydrogen and its potential for Urban Use Cases

    Günter Pauritsch, Austrian Energy Agency
    Horst Steinmüller, WIVA P&G
    Gudrun Senk, Wiener Wasserstoff GmbH 

      Enabled by


      Supporting partners


      The “Fit for Future” project contributes to the development of applied research and innovation activities in Vienna, promoting cooperation and inspiring young people in Vienna to explore research and innovation. Further information can be found under the IGJ/ERDF funding programme.


      Closed since 4 May 2021


      Vienna, Austria

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      Albania 2
      Argentina 1
      Austria 489
      Belgium 6
      Bosnia And Herzegovina 10
      Brazil 2
      Bulgaria 7
      China 1
      Colombia 1
      Croatia 27
      Czech Republic 6
      Denmark 4
      Estonia 2
      Finland 2
      France 7
      Georgia 1
      Germany 50
      Greece 2
      Hungary 12
      India 2
      Iran, Islamic Republic Of 45
      Ireland 1
      Italy 11
      Japan 1
      Kazakhstan 1
      Korea, Republic Of 1
      Lebanon 1
      North Macedonia 3
      Mexico 1
      Nepal 1
      Netherlands 7
      Norway 2
      Pakistan 1
      Poland 5
      Portugal 2
      Russia 4
      Serbia 5
      Slovakia 6
      South Africa 1
      Spain 5
      Sweden 1
      Switzerland 8
      Thailand 2
      Turkey 2
      Ukraine 2
      United Kingdom 3
      United States 4
      Total 760