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Smart Regio Lab Lenzburg

- October 5, 2021 in Daten, Energie, hackathon, Kantonal, Lenzburg, smart city, Tourism

Keine Stadt ist perfekt… aber du kannst sie perfekter machen! Sprudelst du vor Ideen, wie man Städte und ihre Region optimieren und reibungsloser gestalten könnte? Bist du auch der Meinung, dass grosse Veränderung mit einer Idee und einem Prototypen beginnt?  Dann ist das Smart Regio Lab in Lenzburg genau das Richtige für dich! Während zwei Tagen werden wir uns mit hochaktuellen Herausforderungen wie der Wasserstoffproduktion für den Hausgebrauch, koordiniertem Hochwasserschutz oder partizipativer Raumplanung auseinandersetzen. Industriepartner und öffentliche Einrichtungen werden am Smart Regio Lab Lenzburg ihre Daten teilen, um die Entwicklung kreativer Ideen und Prototypen zu unterstützen. In Teams werden die Lösungsvorschläge dann auf lokaler Ebene erprobt und anschliessend vorgestellt.  Das Region Lenzburg-Seetal fördert viele spannende Innovationen, die einen direkten Einfluss auf unsere Umwelt und Lebensqualität haben werden.  Du kannst dazu beitragen! Sei dabei vom 15. bis 16. Oktober am Smart Regio Lab in Lenzburg! Die Anmeldung sowie weitere Informationen findest du hier. ———————– No city is perfect… but you can make it more perfect! Are you bubbling with ideas on how to optimize and make cities and their region run smoother? Do you agree that great change starts with an idea and a prototype?  Then the Smart Regio Lab in Lenzburg is just the thing for you! During two days we will grapple with highly relevant topics such as cutting-edge small-scale hydrogen production, coordinated flood prevention or participatory spatial planning. While the challenges will be tested at a local level, the resulting solutions will be scalable towards many other cities. Industry partners and public institutions will share their data at the Smart Regio Lab Lenzburg to support the development of creative ideas and rapid prototypes.  The Lenzburg-Seetal region is fostering many exciting innovations that will have a direct impact on our environment and quality of life.  You can contribute! Join us on October 15th -16th at the Smart Regio Lab in Lenzburg!
For more detailed information and registration click here.

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Energy & Climate Hack will take place ONLINE

- August 20, 2021 in Bern, Climate, Daten, Energie, hackathon, International, Kantonal, National, online, smart city, Students

Fresh news! The Energy & Climate Hack will now take place ONLINE on Tuesday 30th of August and Wednesday 1st of September 2021, as a parallel event to the Decarbonising Cities conference .
We are therefore happy to announce an extended registration deadline until the 27.8.

This hackathon brings together students from the United Kingdom and Switzerland as well as experts, hackers and people aspiring to make a difference. It exemplify how bottom-up locally embedded initiatives can actually tackle global issues and how these proposals, tested at a local scale, can help our society beyond their original purpose. Take part and help shape the cities of the future!
Find out more on and register until the August 27th 2021.

This hackathon is organised in collaboration with Swisspower and the British Embassy. It will be held in english. Note: Some of the challenges will be followed-up during the Energy Data Hackdays of the 24.09.21 in Brugg, consider applying to both : )

Register to the Energy Data Hackdays!

- July 15, 2021 in Climate, Daten, Energie, event, hackathon, International, National, smart city

We are happy to announce the fourth edition of Energy Data Hackdays! The Hackdays will take place on the 24th & 25th of September 2021 in Brugg, Switzerland.
Energy companies, public administrations and other organisations related to the energy industry will make data available for the development of creative ideas and initial prototypes. The focus will be on industry relevant topics like, among other, the energy grid as an interface to the smart communities, the role of the transmission grid in the decentralisation of the production sector, security of supply with a decentralised production, how to ensure data security or how to link network planning and urban development.
The hackdays are as usual free and open to any person interested in helping to shape the future of energy!
Looking forward to meeting you there!
Registration: (keep an eye open, more info will follow soon on the Energy Data Hackdays website)

Energy & Climate Hack

- May 27, 2021 in Bern, Climate, Daten, Energie, event, Forschung, hackathon, International, smart city

There’s no need to emphasize the need for action and innovation against climate change.
Transport, production, from habitat to consumption… around 70 % of global CO2 emissions are linked to the activities in cities.  The Energy & Climate Hack will take place in the city of Berne on August 31st and September 1st 2021, as a parallel event to the Decarbonizing Cities Conference. This hackathon throws a bridge between common issues and needs across borders and will bring together students from the United Kingdom and Switzerland as well as experts,hackers and people aspiring to make a difference. The multidisciplinary teams will look at smarter urban living through the lenses of energy efficiency and research for better decision making. The beauty of this event is not only that it will allow us to explore new solutions, but also that it exemplifies how bottom-up locally embedded initiatives tackle global issues and how these proposals, tested at a local scale, can help our society beyond their original purpose. This event is organised in collaboration with Swisspower and the British Embassy in Berne. It is open and free of charge, like all our other hackdays.
Please register until the August 17th 2021 and take part: you too can help shape the cities of the future!Find out more on

Shape My City – Lucerne, the Results!

- January 19, 2021 in Bildung, Daten, Energie, event, Forschung, hackathon, Luzern, smart city

Almost in the same breath, following the Smart city Lab Lenzburg, we were happy to support the student team of the Master of Applied Information and Data Science at the HSLU in their organization of the Shape My City Hackdays – Luzern, a Hackathon revolving around smart city projects for Lucerne and its inhabitants. Around 110 participants gathered online, ready to hear about the 15 so-called challenges awaiting for a solution. Those issues opened by either the industry, civil society or city of Lucerne itself, were prepared in collaboration with group of students who helped defining the framework of the question and to gather and prepare relevant datasets, providing the Hackdays-teams with the material to solve the challenge itself. This event being a fully virtual workshop was not as vividly alive as what we are used to during the HSLU-student Hackdays, (melancholy…), still, the very funny slides and the clear engagement of the teams made for a very good event. Two inputs by Stefan Metzger CDO of the city of Luzern and by Benjamin Szemkus, Program manager of Smart City Switzerland, provided for background information about the strategies and perspective in the field. A lot of open data on the topic of smart cities was gathered, and last but not least and as always astonishing, the plethora of good results convinced us once again of the relevance of such collaborative endeavours. The challenge topics nicely completed or confirmed those issues addressed a few weeks before in Lenzburg. There too it was obvious that those location and user-specific solutions are actually relevant for a much broader public and regions. Nevertheless, implementing them locally still seems to be a meaningful and challenging enough step before exploring those broader fields. Most teams are willing and ready to keep on exploring the challenges with their challenge owners, we are curious to see how far the projects go from there on! Solar Energy in the City of Lucerne
Identifying similar buildings in terms of solar characteristics facilitates the approach to building owners to promote the installation of solar panels. The project group gathered over 15 different datasets, cleaning, preprocessing, analyzing and converting the datasets into desired shapes and Geospatial data formats. The prototype is as desired simply an excel file, containing the necessary information.  Disclaimer: data about the buildings are not publicly available and are to be considered as strictly confidential. Therefore, this part is private, however, the code is public. Consumer Behavior in the City of Lucerne
The project group worked on identifying Personas that will help to address the target groups on the topic of environmentally friendly behaviours. They also worked on analysing datasets to find interesting correlations and patterns concerning existing consumer behaviour. Quantification of Visitors of Cultural Events
The number of visitors from the surrounding municipalities attending events at cultural venues in Lucerne is not available yet. The project-team created a measurement tool that easily and efficiently registers the place of residence of the attendees of a cultural event. Drug Sharing Ecosystem Driven by Blockchain
This group implemented a Blockchain technology to visualizes exchanges and flows of drugs between main health stakeholders, in order to increase transparency, security and automation of drug exchanges. Open Social Spaces
Through the use of a web AR Application, locals can give a shape to their ideas. Users can place and visualize objects directly in a chosen location and vote for creations by others. 360° Stakeholder Feedback Analysis
Large urban transformation projects require thorough analysis of the needs and requirements of all stakeholders involved. This project-team therefore worked on a Dashboard allowing grouping, qualification and prioritization of the stakeholders-related needs and information, in order to make more of the available data and provide decision-makers with a fast overview by project.
2000 Watt Site – Reduction of Energy Consumption
This project-team worked on a gamification model and an app to inform and incentivize the reduction of energy consumption of households and help achieve the 2000 Watt Society goals. The system aims to compares households’ consumption as awareness is one of the motivations for new energy consumption strategies. Reduce Car Rides at Traffic Peak Hours
The project-team worked with an Agent-Based Traffic Modelling and Simulation Approach to predict and analyse the forseeable changes in traffic load for an area in planning.
They produced a SUMO file with a modeled traffic flow integrating the new conditions on the project site, as well as reflected on the tools and incentives for future traffic regulation on the area. Find Energy Inefficient Buildings in the City of Lucerne
As about 45 % energy usage is for buildings this team worked on a building-images database to identify potentially energy-intensive buildings, as well as on a gamified app-prototype to improve the quality oft he image collection, labelling and identifying thanks to collective intelligence. Interactive Visualizationfor Neighbourhood Residents
This team worked on visualizing existing data of small sub-quarters to gain insights about the facts, needs and participation interests of the residents in those neighbourhoods. The insights and visualisation will be integrated in the website to make the findings accessible to all residents. 3D Geovisualization of building energy demands
In order to identify strategic leverage areas of high energy consumption, this team combined 3D data with energy demand data and revealed regions and buildings with potential for energy optimisation. Flat finder for seniors:
This team tackled the issue of the specific needs of the elderly when it comes to finding a suitable house or apartment. They created a housing platform that analyses housing advertisements from existing platforms and filters out those fitting the needs of seniors. Netto- Null in den Quartieren?
The demo created by this group allows to determine the current CO-2 emissions in the districts of Lucerne and to visualise which heating methods the buildings are using. This is a strategic information for decision makers for energy production methods and for the inhabitants to visualize the impact of one or the other heating system on the environment.

Quality of Life in Lucerne
This working group focussed on generating new insights from an online questionnaire about Life quality in Lucerne for the city administration. They identified personas, expectations and new variables from the citizens answers.

Open Data by default: Lorca City Council is using OpenSpending to increase transparency and promote urban mobility.

- February 7, 2017 in Fiscal transparency, Open Fiscal Data, Open Spending, OpenSpending, smart city, Smart Region

Castillo de Lorca. Torre Alfonsina (Public Domain)

Lorca, a city located in the South of Spain with currently 92,000 inhabitants, launched its open data initiative on January 9th 2014. Initially it offered 23 datasets containing transport, mobility, statistical and economic information. From the very beginning, OpenSpending was the tool selected by Lorca City Council because of its capabilities and incredible visualization abilities. The first upload of datasets was done in 2013, on the previous version of OpenSpending. With the OpenSpending relaunch last year, Lorca City Council continued to make use of the OpenSpending datastore, while the TreeMap view of the expenditure budget was embedded on the council’s open data website. In December 2016, the council’s open data website was redesigned, including budget datasets built with the new version at The accounting management software of Lorca allows the automatic conversion of data files to csv. format, so these datasets are compatible with the requested formats established by OpenSpending. Towards more transparency and becoming a smart city In 2015, when the City of Lorca transparency website was launched, the council decided to continue with the same strategy focused on visualization tools to engage citizens with an intuitive approach to the budget data. Lorca is a city pioneer in the Region of Murcia in terms of open data and transparency. So far, 125 datasets have been released and much information is available along with the raw data. It deserves to be highlighted that there are pilot project initiatives to bring open data to schools, which was carried out during the past year. In 2017, we will resume to teach the culture of open data to school children with the main goal to demonstrate how to work with data by using open data. In the close future the council plans to open more data directly from the sources, i.e. achieve policy of open data by default. And of course Lorca intends to continue exploring other possibilities that Open Spending offers us to provide all this data to the citizenry. In addition, Lorca is working to become a smart city (article in Spanish only) – open data is a key element in this goal. Therefore, Lorca’s open data initiative will be a part of the Smart Social City strategy from the very beginning. 

Lab for CITY (Civic Innovation and Technology) – 21. Nov. via Live Stream verfolgen

- November 3, 2014 in Berlin, Deutschland, Featured, Open Transport, smart city, Termine

labforcity Unsere Arbeit bei der Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland ist stets durch die Begeisterung an Technologien und Innovationen gekennzeichnet, die es dem Bürger ermöglichen, komplexe Prozesse zu verstehen und sich an politischen Entscheidungen zu beteiligen. Je mehr Wissen wir teilen, desto mehr Innovationen können entstehen. Das Teilen von Wissen und Ideen ist auch der Schlüssel zu einer kognitiven Umwelt für die Zukunft unserer Städte. Daher veranstalten wir als Partner von allryder ein Open-Space-Programm, wo open data Pioniere, Vordenker, Behörden, politische Entscheidungsträger und technologieorientierte Unternehmen zusammenkommen, um ihre Erkenntnisse im Bereich civic innovation zu teilen und voneinander zu lernen. Das Lab for CITY (Civic Innovation and TechnologY) wird am 21. November in Berlin stattfinden – mit dabei Vertreter von VBB, Citymart, Forum Virium, Waag Society und das internationale Forum der Deutschen Bank: Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. Verfolgt Vorträge und Diskussionen über unseren eingerichteten Live-Stream. Den Link werden wir zeitnah über twitter und die Lab for CITY-Webseite veröffentlichen: Für mehr Infos über das Lab for CITY: Schreibt eine Mail an , folgt uns auf Twitter @lab4city oder besucht unsere Website: