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Smart Villages, test fields and “new” digital locations are up and coming. Digitization can be encountered around every corner and it affects all businesses in the state of Brandenburg. New networks and new frameworks emerge. The way people think of working, living and conducting research is changing. New important players are developing farms, railway stations and factory sites and thereby also the mechanisms behind traditional location development in unusual frameworks. They are coming up with new definitions for freedom and are transcending the concepts of co-working and co-creation.
The project “Smart Country” opens up wholly new opportunities for locations in rural areas. The digital world does not need a highway access or industrial real estates. An old manor house or a farm with a barn can serve as the basis for the creation of a “Smart Village”. This gives locations in rural areas additional development opportunities as they become “new” locations in the digital age.
Historical cities such as Bad Belzig or Angermünde are being given a new image; transitioning cities such as Frankfurt/Oder or Eberswalde are becoming even more attractive to young people and fresh ideas. Start-ups choose an environment that is welcoming and offers freedom. Wholly new opportunities arise through working digitally in rural areas and selling online or analogically in the city.
Smart Country Brandenburg is a joint project by Brandenburg Invest, which has designed the platform “Digitale Dörfer” (“Digital Villages”), and the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE). The two partners have cooperated for a long time on the topic of “Smart Country”. Furthermore, a multitude of additional partners also cooperate in the development of digital rural areas.
The first event of the project Smart Country Brandenburg “From Co-working to Smart Country” took place on 27 November 2018. Across technological fields and sectors 35 experts from the business and scientific communities discussed new locations for heavy thinking, testing and implementing new ideas. The event was inaugurated by an introduction by Christian Kulick, Member of the Executive Board of Bitkom, Gerald Swarat, Director of the Office of the Fraunhofer IESE in the Capital City, and Till Meyer, Cluster Manager ICT, Media and Creative Industries.
Additional events are scheduled to follow the successful kick-off:
On 28 February the project Smart Country Brandenburg will organise the event “Space for Thinking, Testing and Implementing”. Yet another event is envisaged to take place at the Representation of the State of Brandenburg in Berlin on 9 April 2019. Interested experts from the business and scientific communities are welcome to register for this event.