An outstanding knowledge-based location with unusual capabilities. For centuries, world-changing ideas have been born and put into practice in Heidelberg. Here knowledge, economy and citizenship are tightly woven together. Heidelberg is a ‘pearl of knowledge’: a place involved in all areas of knowledge that benefits from this exceptional knowledge base. This urban international community, where a third of its residents come from a total of over 160 countries, is made up of 40,000 students (including 20% international students) and over 5000 researchers and their families. This wealth of creative brain power creates a highly adaptive environment for new Smart City solutions.
- initial analysis of the situation;
- development of the ten building blocks of the Smart City; and
- backing during the competition’s elimination rounds, including iterative workshop rounds with decision makers and experts; a citizen’s forum with Pepper the humanoid robot; and an executive strategy-development retreat focused on digital administration and agile methods (among them, design thinking and LEGO SERIOUS PLAY ®).