The City of Leipzig is part of the HORIZON 2020 Smart Cities and Communities project TRIANGULUM – The three point project: Demonstrate, Disseminate, Replicate. This EU project supports cities across Europe to develop and implement smart city strategies. The overall budget of 22 million euro is shared among six cities and 22 project partners in the period from 2015 to 2019. While the three Lighthouse cities (Eindhoven, Manchester and Stavanger) develop and implement major smart projects in their cities, Leipzig is among the three Follower cities (beside Prague and Sabadell) which constantly learn from the experiences made in the Lighthouse cities, develop their own smart city strategy and, at one point in the future, may be Lighthouse cities themselves.
Within the scope of the project the City of Leipzig, led by the Office of Urban Renewal and Housing Construction Subsidies, develops a Smart City strategy for the city district Leipzig-West. In cooperation with Leipzig University, the project aims at connecting existing technical innovation and solutions, bringing together involved actors and engaging with the civil society. To truly achieve a smart city, it is necessary to engage with citizens, municipal utility suppliers and local businesses to acknowledge existing problems and develop an interdisciplinary concept which provides solutions.
Multiple events have been organized in 2016 in order to engage with the residents in Leipzig-West. Under the four big headlines climate-friendly district, sustainable mobility, smart living and active neighbourhood community all citizens from the City of Leipzig were invited to share their views and ideas. The inputs have been collected and are taken into account while formulating the smart city concept for Leipzig-West.
In order to coordinate the exchange between all stakeholders, two formats have been established: the future panel (Zukunftsforum) and the future lab (Zukunftslabor).
The future panel (Zukunftsforum)
The future panel is a decision-making committee. It is set to develop visions about smart city topics such as smart grids, big data and intelligent mobility. The committee is made up of mayors of the City of Leipzig, members of the management of the city-owned L-Group and members of the city council. The future panels take place between three and four times a year since the end of 2015. They play an active and important part in the development of the Smart City Implementation Strategy.
The future lab (Zukunftslabor)
In the future lab, multiple working groups developed tangible solutions for specific use cases. Two future labs took place in 2016 with up to ten experts from university, local businesses and civic society. Six working groups developed solution approaches for multiple issues including governance, mobility and housing developed in the six working groups. These ideas influence the current development of the Smart City Implementation Strategy.