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Smart City: From Ego-System to Eco-System

The conversation around Smart Cities nowadays is mainly around infrastructure and this is not the full picture and on top of that it is boring. The problem is we just don’t know what Smart City really means.

Inspired by the Boston Smart City Playbook we believe that we have to build a City-wide strategy for the use of sensor technologies that is people-centered, problem-driven, responsible and focues on the local context. This means that we believe the definition of Smart cityis contextual to the local problems a city is facing.

When we take a more systemic, interdisciplinary approach to the topic we can work towards a city that becomes more engaged with society, that leads collaboration, facilitates how we work across sectors and uses technology for the benefits and well-being of visitors, citizens and companies. This should lead away from an Ego-System to an Eco-System.

Main Speaker

Kerry O’Connor is the Chief Innovation Officer of the city of Austin, Texas, USA. She is a creative and effective innovator with an obsession for analyzing and solving problems, an intrapreneur, a team builder, diplomat, a visual and oral storyteller, innovation catalyst, technology interpreter, practiced logistician, connector, mentor, activator, and fierce advocate for innovation in government.


  • 15:45 – Doors open
  • 16:00 – Welcome & Intro through Impact Hub Bern / Smart City Bern
  • 16:10 – Input by Kerry O’Connor and questions
  • 16:55 – Local context by Michael Sauter: Vision of Bernapark
  • 17:10 – Local context by to be announced
  • 17:40 – Workshop part to be announced
  • 18:20 – Apéro


Impact Hub Bern & Smart City Bern Verein


With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bern

and our venue sponsor Bernapark.

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Aug 14th
16:00 - 19:00
Impact Hub Bern
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