Forum Open City - November 5th 2021

The Forum Open City is the central German conference for issues surrounding Open Data and Open Government. It takes place annually in the KörberForum in Hamburg. Subtitled participatory, digital, sustainable, the conference´s thematical focus aims at the design of tomorrows digital city. What does it require? How can citizens get involved? Where do cities find support and how can digitalization aid public administrations in dealing with new challenges such as the Coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis?

In 2021 the conference will take place for its fifth consecutive year. All iterations have allowed stakeholders from various sectors including public administrations, politics, civil society, science and business to debate digital solutions. While diverse topics such as future mobility and environmental protection have been featured prominently, the key aspect of the conference remains the participation of citizens in the shaping of their city. Important inputs in this regard have come from Johanna Engman (CIO, City of Stockholm), Bianca Wylie (Open Data Institute Toronto), Aik van Eemeren (Lead Public Tech at CTO, City of Amsterdam) and Niklas Maak (Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; Author) amongst others.

During the years 2020/21 the Coronavirus pandemic has yielded two mutually reinforcing trends in the realm of cities and their digitalization. On one hand two enduring “lockdowns” encompassing closures of gastronomic and retail businesses, leisure facilities and entire enterprises have in some places (especially in city and community centers) led to a drastic decrease in space-utilization. Simultaneously an increasing number of people are using digital services to meet their everyday needs. It can be assumed that these trends will intensify in the future. It is no coincidence that new digital services and apps such as “Gorillas” (a delivery service for convenience products and groceries) have been established during the pandemic. Existing services such as “Lieferando” (a online food ordering service) are experiencing a boom. All-encompassing “Super Apps”, which offer an array of services ranging from transportation to medical expertise, are on the rise. Asian examples such as WeChat, Grab and Gojek are already moving in this direction.

09:30 – 09:35: Welcome Speech (German language)
* Lothar Dittmer, Chairman of the Executive Board, Körber-Foundation
09:40 – 10:00: Opening Keynote (English language)
*Francesca Bria – President of the Italian National Innovation Fund (requested)
10:00 – 11:00: Panel I: Collaboration and Co-Creation. Shaping cities in a post pandemic world (English language)
The pandemic pushed the digitalization forward in many fields, but what impact does data have in shaping modern cities? Who owns this data, and who actually owns the city? Our guests are going to discuss these questions and focus on participation of citizens as well as the creative cooperation between urban society and the city administration on an international level.
*Francesca Bria
*Marina Weisband, Participation Educator, Politician and Publicist
*Toomas Türk, Chief Innovation Officer & Head of Future City at City of Tallinn, Estonia

11:15 – 12:00: Reading & Interview (German language)
The Author Raphaela Edelbauer reads an extract from her science-ficton novel “Dave”; with an ensuing interview.
12:00 – 13:00: Panel II: Back to Freedom via the Digitalization of Public Space? Regarding the Future of German Cities after the Pandemic (German language)
In our second panel, we are going to look at the future of German cities after the pandemic. What perspectives do city centers have and what is the role of digital tools in this case? Together we are going to discuss the conflict between vibrant, public spaces and digital places.
14:00 – 15:00: Deep Dive Topic I: The triumph of the Super Apps using the example of Gojek (Englisch language)
In many world regions, they are an inherent part of everyday lives: digital multi- service platforms like the Indonesian company Gojek. Ardhanti Nurwidya, VP Public Policy and Govt Relations at Gojek, talks about the success of these »Super Apps«.
15:00 – 15:25: Deep Dive Topic II: (German language)
Deep Dive 2.1.: »Super Democracy Apps«
Tool-check and best-cases presentation: What kinds of democracy-apps already exist and which app is the best for which occasion? In order to resolve these questions the apps adhocracy+, decidim, consul and democy will be presented.
Deep Dive 2.2: Status-update »Open Data«
What is the atmosphere like in the open government sector? A report from Christian Horn, leader of the administrative and coordination-office at GovData, the German portal for administrative data..
15:25 – 15:55: Deep Dive Topic III (German Language): Status-update: »Open Tech-Community« in Germany and worldwide
A report from Sonja Fischbauer, Community Strategy at Open Knowledge Foundation.
16:00 – 17:00 Closing-panel: The escape from the public digitalization jungle (German language)

Against the background of the parliamentary elections our guests discuss the current status of the »public digitalization-jungle«. What impact do digitalization programs, such as the »Onlinezugangsgesetz« have and how well does open government in this context? An outlook on the challenges and changes for the new federal government
*Henriette Litta, executive at Open Knowledge Foundation
*Anna Christmann – member of the german Bundestag (Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen) (requested)
*Jan Ole Beyer, BMI, leader of the projet group„concept and development of a digital innovation team/ / e-government-agency“ (requested)
*Marie Jansen, Lead Business Analyst at capgemini (requested)
Please note:
Until 2pm you can join the event via livestrem. The afternoon is going to take place in zoom. If you register for the event, we will sent you an e-mail with the access details as well as instractions for using zoom shortly before the event.

Read more and register: https://offenestadt.info/

Source: Körber-Stiftung