Around 300 delegates attended Tuesday (October 22, 2019) the “Day of Digitalisation” at HafenCity University (HCU) with emphasis on how smart cities can make the best use of digital design. Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, and Dorothee Bär, Minister of State for Digitalisation, opened the event. HCU highlights the digitalisation of spaces as well as architecture and spatial development.
Digitalisation changes living spaces
Digitalisation impacts all areas of life and the built up environment. Events at HCU dealt with the scientific aspect of digitisation, planning and construction as well as smart city metropolitan regions. “In a nationwide comparison, Hamburg ranks first in the Smart City Index. This is both an incentive and a mandate to use the immense potential of digital technologies for the city of the future,” said Fegebank. Hamburg has a strong partner in HCU. Projects such as “Finding Places” by the City Science Labs, City Science Summit or the 5G project “Level 5 Indoor Navigation”, which recently received a grant of EUR 10 million from the German government, demonstrate the outstanding scientific quality of HCU, she added.
Inauguration of new HCU president
Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller-Lietzkow was also inaugurated as new president of HafenCity University last week. Digitalisation has a great influence on urban development, he noted, adding: “Anyone who wants to plan, construct and build the future of cities cannot ignore the smart use of digital cutting-edge technologies such as AI, Blockchain and Data Science. The HCU is prepared to do so and is pleased to be able to show this on the Day of Digitalisation.”