Data for Cities Conference

December 12th @ Munich

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Dear Smart Cities community,

By 2050, it is expected that three-quarters of the world’s population will live in cities. Smart City technologies and connected solutions are playing an increasingly influential role in creating sustainable environments, efficient municipal services and increasing life quality in our cities.

A major driver of these developments is the increased availability and use of urban data. London, for example, now releases 700 separate types of datasets to help developers and entrepreneurs create solutions for the city’s urban challenges. The UK Government has put innovation and R&D at the heart of the Industrial Strategy and the newly created £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund provides further support for those working on issues around Smart Cities.

Whilst urban data has become one of the most vital resources of the century, many questions regarding privacy, regulations, policies and primary use cases still remain. This exciting workshop, which is organised by the UK Science and Innovation Network, BABLE, and the Department of International Trade (DIT) will bring together industry, government, and research experts from the UK, Germany and Austria to help our governments and the private sector to achieve smarter and more sustainable cities.

I look forward to meeting you in Munich!

Her Majesty’s Consul General
Simon Kendall


Topic: The Potential of Data in Cities

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Christian Nussmüller

City of Graz, Executive Office for Urban Planning, Development and Construction - Head of EU Unit

"The City of Graz (AT) considers digital transformation as a driving force for future integrated urban development"

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Uwe Montag

City of Munich, Municipal IT-strategist, Department of IT-strategy and IT- management and controlling

The strategy and projects behind data applications in Munich

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Speaker to be confirmed

Leeds City Council (UK)

Leeds City Council is committed to being open and transparent by sharing open data as much as possible.

Topic: Data Ethics and Regulation

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Markus Müller

Of Counsel, technology and privacy lawyer Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

"One of the challenges is the aggregation and anonymization of personal data in a way that they maintain - to a certain extent - their relevance and analytical value"

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Prof. Dr. Dirk Heuzeroth

Web Application Development, Secure Software-Engineering, Information Security; Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart

"Privacy can foster innovation and increase acceptance of Smart City technologies when done right and right from the beginning"

Topic: Application of Data: Urban Infrastructures

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Jenny Bofinger-Schuster

Global Head of Sustainability and Cities, Siemens AG

"The responsible use of operational data will help cities to increase their infrastructures’ efficiency, sustainability, safety and resilience!"

Topic: Data and Value

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Yalena Coleman

Head of Accounts –Data and Demonstrators, Future Cities Catapult

"The value in this data is often unlocked after sharing and by allowing secondary services to be built on top of it."

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Stephan Spitz

Senior Director at Giesecke & Devrient

"Security makes the difference between arbitrary data noise and valuable information"


Wednesday, December 12th

Morning session

Location: Siemens Headqarter, Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 1
80333 Munich - Germany

No. Start End Activity
1 08:30 09:00 Registration
2 09:00 09:10 Brief welcome by Simon Kendall
3 09:10 09:20 Introduction to the program
4 09:20 10:20 Topic 1: The Potential of Data in Cities
Presentation 1: City of Munich (10min)
Presentation 2: City of Graz (10min)
Presentation 3: City of Leeds (10min)
Questions from the audience to the panel (30min)
5 10:20 11:20 Topic 2: Ethics and regulation
Presentation 1: Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (15min)
Presentation 2: Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart (15min)
Questions from the audience to the panel (30min)
6 11:20 11:50 Working coffee brak: collection of statements
7 11:50 12:30 Topic 3: Application of Data: Urban Infrastructures
Presentation: Siemens AG (20min)
Questions from the audience to the panel (20min)
8 12:30 13:30 Lunch - supported by the matchmaking app

Afternoon session

No. Start End Activity
8 13:30 14:30 Breakout sessions Each participant can choose amongst one of the follwoing groups:
  1. Pollution & Environmental Monitoring Data
  2. Data on Movement of People
  3. Energy Consumption Data
  4. Digital Interaction in Public Space
  5. Smart City Data Platforms
The groups will learn about a successful implementation project within a city and discuss problems, ideas and potential collaboration.
9 14:30 15:00 Working coffee break: Result dating
10 15:00 15:40 Topic 4: Data and Value
Presentation 1: Future Cities Catapult (10min)
Presentation 2: Giesecke & Devrient (10min)
Questions from the audience to the panel (20min)
11 15:40 16:30 Presentation of workshop results and discussion
12 16:30 17:00 Concluding remarks
13 17:00 18:00 Optional networking - supported by the matchmaking app

About the location

Location: Siemens Headqarter,
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 1
80333 Munich - Germany

How to get there

  • Main entrance: Werner-von-Siemens-Straße 1
  • Meeting point: main reception
  • Please note that there will be no parking available
  • We recommend to take public transportation (U3/U4/U5/U6 station Odeonsplatz)

Further Information

Who is the Data for Cities Conference for?

The conference aims at professionals from the public and private sector as well as research institutions planning their next steps in using urban data.
It specifically aims towards professional from the UK, Germany and Austria but is open to participants from other European countries as well.

How can I join the Data for Cities Conference?

Just register with your details here:

Who organizes the Data for Cities Conference?

The conference is organized by BABLE, a young company and spin-off from Morgenstadt that is facilitating innovation in cities. BABLE organizes the conference on behalf of the British Embassy and in close collaboration with the UK Science & Innovation Network.

What is the matchmaking app?

The "Matchmaking app" is a web-based app that helps you to meet other people with same interests or working sectors.
You will be asked to set some personal preferences that allow the algorithm to find the best matches for you.
All your data is stored safely on our systems and you'll have full control over it.

You can reach the app through your personal dashboard on the BABLE platform. If you did not sign up during the registration for this conference, you can still register here at any time:

Sign up on BABLE

If you're already registered with BABLE, you can start the app right away:

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Screenshot of the matchmaking app

More questions?

Just get in touch with us - we are happy to help.

Natalie Wolf
Natalie Wolf
Event Coordination