City planners, start-up entrepreneurs, students – the audience at the conference in the former Navy Yard of New York City district Brooklyn was diverse. Thanks to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Sustainability Center Freiburg had the opportunity to further expand its international network and establish a multitude of new contacts. Together with other projects and networks specializing in smart city solutions, Daniel Hiller and Benjamin Scharte from the Sustainability Center's Central Office took the chance to get in touch with new partners from the US as well as with the other networks. The first ideas for joint research projects at the interface between topics such as energy and urban resilience have already been developed and are planned to be pursued.
On the eve of the conference, an evening event on "smart cities & urban development" took place in the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in Manhattan. The event was organized by the German Center for Research and Innovation. In the auditorium, in which every seat was taken, participants first had the opportunity to listen to the keynote by Erwin Rezelman, President and CEO of ui! – urban integrated. His presentation on Smarter Cities was entertaining and profound at the same time. Subsequently, the projects and networks of the "City of Tomorrow" research marketing campaign were briefly presented. Daniel Hiller explained to the interested audience why smart cities need resilience, and that this is particularly true of the metropolitan regions of the United States' North East, which are heavily affected by adverse events.
The trip was a complete success for the project TAURUS and offers promising connecting points for the autumn roadshow. More information on that will be available shortly.
TAURUS is a research marketing project funded by the "City of Tomorrow" campaign of the "Research in Germany – Land of Ideas" initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Within the Sustainability Center Freiburg, Fraunhofer EMI is part of this campaign and also project coordinator. "City of Tomorrow" is internationally addressing the urgent challenges in urban areas, which a nation alone cannot overcome. The aim of the project is to transfer questions from the industry to research projects and to win potential research partners in the USA. TAURUS wants to contribute to the promotion of software solutions and resilience concepts in the USA that were developed in Freiburg.