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Berlin: the ‘pacemaker’ of the digital revolution

By Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin

The digital revolution is well underway. And metropolises are where technological solutions for the cities of tomorrow are being developed–solutions that will enhance value creation, use resources more effectively, improve quality of life for the people in our societies, and expand democratic participation. The Berlin Senate sees enormous opportunity in utilising the broad spectrum of expertise in our city to put Berlin on track to becoming one of Europe’s leading smart cities–a city that prioritises networked technologies in order to put it at the front of the digital revolution and improve quality of life.

Photo: Senatskanzlei/Martin Becker

The Berlin Senate adopted its Smart City Berlin strategy in April 2015. As a growing city, Berlin has a strong foundation for seeing its strategy through a vibrant startup scene, countless spinoffs from our colleges and universities, well-known industrial enterprises with incubators and accelerators where startups and established companies can meet and cooperate, an extraordinary range of universities and research institutions, and a climate that embraces innovation.

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