Under the motto “The city of the future based on the example of the Urban Tech Republic”, the Berlin Urban Tech Summit turned its focus in 2021 to the future location Berlin TXL – The Urban Tech Republic and highlighted the ideas and the associated potential for Berlin as a business location. The virtual half-day conference was hosted by Ramona Pop, Senator for Economics, Energy, and Public Enterprises. The summit offered insightful panels and exciting impulses in which experts from industry, business, science, and politics exchanged views on the city of the future. Discussed were how places of the future, urban energy concepts, and innovative construction with wood can drive modern and sustainable industry in urban spaces.
A future location takes off
June 02, 2021, at the Malzfabrik, Berlin
Tegel Airport “was the gateway to the world and will now become the gateway to the future” – Ramona Pop, Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises opened this year’s Berlin Urban Tech Summit together with moderator Christiane Stein.
A look ahead
In an interview with Ramona Pop and Prof. Dr. Philipp Bouteiller, CEO of Tegel Projekt GmbH, the significance of the new future location for Berlin was discussed.
Tegel Airport lives on
Tegel fans can rejoice: The former airport site will become Berlin TXL – The Urban Tech Republic, a place of the future where business, science, learning and living come together. Prof. Dr. Philipp Bouteiller explained what this will look like.
Expert forum: Innovative construction with wood
Wood as the innovative building material of the future – what’s the story?
In a talk with moderator Tina Teucher, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Kohl (Fraunhofer IPK), Dr. Denny Ohnesorge (Hauptverband Deutsche Holzindustrie), Elise Pischetsrieder (weberbrunner berlin) and Thomas Kraubitz (Buro Happold) explained how wood can act as a climate saver. Discussed were the current turbulences on the global timber market as well as the advantages for the industry resulting from a change in building materials.
Impulse Talk: The Schumacher Quarter
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Kohl discussed the potentials of the Urban Tech Republic in a short impulse talk and explicitly addressed the planned Schumacher Quarter – a new residential quarter with more than 5,000 apartments, completely built as a timber construction.
Expert forum: Urban energy concepts
What new concepts are there for energy-efficient urban neighborhoods? How can productive and sustainable interconnection succeed in the urban space? The speakers were:
Claudia Rathfux (Stromnetz Berlin)
Susanne Schmelcher (dena)
Dr. Simone Peter (BEE e. V.)
Oliver Zernahle (E.ON Energy Solutions)
Timon Meyer (T-Base Consulting), moderator
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Impulse Talk: The LowEx network
Oliver Zernahle, Head of E.ON Energy Infrastructure Solution Segment Berlin, gave interesting insights into the future LowEx heating and cooling network of the Urban Tech Republic. Through a sort of decentralized energy marketplace, a model for the digitalization of the heating sector is created here.
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Talents in Tech
The exciting startup competition “Talents in Tech” took place again this year. In a preliminary voting, in which 1,600 people cast their vote, a top 5 of young talents qualified for the final round.
The winners were chosen by the audience:
3D-Medico, Tino Jacobi
Optimo, Rinusan Navakumaran
ConBotics, Cristian Amaya
The startup 3D-Medico, represented by founder Tino Jacobi, impressed the jury and the audience and won 1st place. Using 3D scanning, modeling and printing, they offer low-cost healing cuffs that can be custom-made for anyone by medical professionals.
What trends does a city follow?
Less air pollution, more green spaces, getting from A to B quickly – sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Futurologist, urban geographer and expert on the future of mobility Dr. Stefan Carsten explained to us how other cities are already implementing the principle of the 5-, 10- or 15-minute city and what Berlin can derive from it.
Future locations for urban technologies
A fusion of business, science and industry: that’s what makes Berlin’s future locations. What does it mean to create and manage a future location? “You always have to think about what framework conditions do I have to create for the future to emerge,” says Roland Sillmann, Managing Director of WISTA Management GmbH.
Also on the panel: Barbro Dreher (Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises), Karin Teichmann (EUREF AG) and Dr. Matthias Hölling (Technopark Zurich).
Meet the Speaker
The summit offered plenty of room for questions, discussions and dialog: The “Meet the Speaker” format gave participants the opportunity to address their questions directly to our speakers and learn more about the topics that will shape the future.
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“A lively, exciting format….”
In his closing remarks, Dr. Jürgen Allerkamp, CEO of Investitionsbank Berlin, thanked the participants for the exciting discussions and informative insights into the potential of the Berlin metropolis. Future locations must drive modern and sustainable industry in urban spaces:
“Industry, commerce and housing are not born opposites – we can unite them.”
Within the government of Berlin, the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises is responsible for economic policy and the settling of companies in the capital, as well as for promoting energy and for public enterprises and structural policy. The head of the department is Senator Ramona Pop.
The Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the business development bank for the State of Berlin. With its support of the local economy, it actively contributes to the development of Berlin as a business centre. In the field of real-estate development, the IBB is an expert consultant for all financing questions concerning real estate.
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