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News 2022

Smart Country Convention returns - and the first exhibitors are already there

April 26th, 2022 - THardly any topic works as well online as the broad field of digitalization - from e-government to smart city / smart region - nevertheless, we are very pleased that the Smart Country Convention 2022 can finally take place again live and in presence on the Berlin exhibition grounds. more

Gera on the way to becoming a Smart City

April 15th, 2022- Hamburg, Cologne, Munich - classic examples of large German smart cities. But Gera in Thuringia is also on its way to becoming a technologically advanced and innovative city. more

From the Online Access Act to smart mobility – these are the topics of the Smart Country Convention 2022!

April 12th, 2022 - This year the Smart Country Convention will again be providing answers to the many questions that digitalisation raises for the state, local government and society – at an in-person event on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. more

Smart City Index - Hamburg remains top!

March 30th, 2022 - The Smart City Index 2021 is here and shows that digitization is on the rise. It is not a state of affairs but an ongoing process that is being driven forward in all major cities in Germany. And the Corona pandemic in particular has shown that cities that are digitally well positioned come through the crisis better. more

News 2021

Austria is the partner country of the Smart Country Convention

June 22th, 2021 - An app for visiting local authorities and an e-Card for showing one’s identity: as one of the pioneers of the digital transformation, Austria is this year’s official partner country of the Smart Country Convention. From 26 to 28 October 2021 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, our neighbours will be presenting innovative digital applications for local government and the public sector and digitization at town, municipal and county level. more

Smart Country Startup Award: Application period has started!

June 16th, 2021 - The application phase for the Smart Country Startup Award has started. Until September 14, 2021, startups with innovative solutions for the public sector have the opportunity to apply in the categories Smart City and E-Government. more

Smart cities: Lack of digitization makes cities unattractive

June 14th, 2021 - In the years to come the digital transformation of cities and municipalities could become an important factor for business – and pose serious problems for those lagging behind. According to a Bitkom survey, one in four people (26 per cent) aged 16 to 29 say that an inability of their city to keep pace with digitization is a reason to move away. more

Smart Country Convention to take place as an in-person event

June 1st, 2021 - Speeding up digitalisation in the public sector – that is the aim of the Smart Country Convention, which will be held as an in-person event on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds from 26 to 28 October 2021. read

News 2020 & 2019

Information about the corona virus from the Smart Country Convention

March 31, 2020 - Dear SCCON participants, dear exhibitors, we are currently receiving inquiries about how the corona virus (COVID-19) affects the implementation of the Smart Country Convention at the end of October. Bitkom and Messe Berlin take the current developments around Corona very seriously because the health of all participants, partners and employees is our top priority. read

Discussion during the “Smart Country Convention” will explore the role of cybersecurity in smart cities

October 21, 2019 - Next Wednesday, on the 23rd of October, join us for a discussion on digital integration and the role of cybersecurity in future cities at the “Smart Country Convention”. The discussion is organized by a “Digital Lithuania”, which is a Lithuanian IT company cluster. Lithuania has made its mark in the global cybersecurity sector – it ranks as number 4 in The Global Cybersecurity Index by ITU. read

Lithuanian Public Sector Solutions: how digitalizations makes everyday life easier

October 17, 2019 - Lithuanian public sector is one of the most innovative in the world - more than 90 percent of public services are digitalized. According to the ICT Regulatory Tracker 2018 report published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Lithuania, evaluated 95 out of 100 points, is one of the world's leaders in terms of regulatory efficiency in the field of information and communication technologies. read

Unlock New Opportunities and Level Up Your Business During the FIWARE Global Summit Startup Day

September 30, 2019 - FIWARE's mission is very clear: We want to create opportunities, allowing everyone to connect, grow and be innovative together. The “Startup Day” on 24 October is a part of the effort. This event is for tech lovers at every level to participate, network, and advance their careers, giving them the opportunity to connect with leading VCs, tech companies and industry tycoons, mentors, media and talent. This is the place to level up! read

Become a Frontrunner of Digital Transformation at the FIWARE Global Summit in Berlin

September 24, 2019 - Autumn is almost here, and so is the FIWARE Global Summit! Believe us when we say it is going to be a fantastic event you won’t want to miss.


Growth of Lithuanian ICT sector: digital education, infrastructure and leadership in e-government

September 23, 2019 - The Lithuanian ICT sector has a rich and growing community of IT professionals, employees of the sector have a high level of digital technology skills, well-developed communications and telecommunications infrastructure. This allows the sector to grow rapidly, develop innovative solutions and apply them abroad.


Interview with the Lithuanian Ambassador Darius Jonas Semaška

September 20, 2019 - More than 90 per cent of all administrative formalities are carried out online and a company can be set up in three days - this works in Lithuania. We talked to Lithuanian Ambassador Darius Jonas Semaška about digital administration and the upcoming Smart Country Convention.


Lithuania is partner country of Smart Country Convention 2019

August 12, 2019 - Going to the authorities online and setting up a business in three days - that works in Lithuania. As one of the pioneers of digitisation, Lithuania is this year the official partner country of the Smart Country Convention. From 22 to 24 October 2019, the country will show innovative digital applications for administrations, public companies and the digitisation of cities, municipalities and rural districts in the CityCube Berlin.


Scale Up for a Real Smart Future

August 08, 2019 - From 23-24 October, the 7th FIWARE Global Summit is heading to the dynamic city of Berlin (Germany). The Summit, co-hosted with the Smart Country Convention, will be a joint effort, combining the strengths of both events, which will attract a total of 10,000 guests, of whom at least 1,000 will also be joining the FIWARE Global Summit.


News 2018

Innovators wanted for the public sector

July 25, 2018 - Numerous startups are driving the digital transformation forward in cities, communities and the public sector in order to make our lives easier, modern and more efficient. The new Smart Country Startup Awards have been created to support their efforts. Startups are invited to apply no later than 30 September. read

Denmark is partner country of the Smart Country Convention

July 04, 2018 - Be it digitally connected citizens’ service centres, electronic medical reports, internet tax declarations or gigabit networks, Denmark has become a pioneer in many areas of digitalisation. The EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) puts Denmark top of the list of 28 EU countries. read

These are our first speakers

May 30, 2018 - Top-class speakers from administrations, politics, digital economy and science share their expert knowledge, experiences gained from implemented projects, best practices and new ideas. read

Federal Ministry of the Interior assumes sponsorship of Smart Country Convention

April 26, 2018 - The Smart Country Convention has gained another powerful partner. The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community will take over its sponsorship. Federal Minister Horst Seehofer states ... read


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