A variety of cities
The m:ci innovation network aims to integrate municipalities of all sizes. In addition to large cities such as Buenos Aires (pop. ≈17 million), Berlin (≈3.5 million), Prague (≈1.2 million) or Lisbon (≈560,000), smaller cities such as Ludwigsburg (Germany, ≈93,000) or Bottrop (Germany, ≈117,000) as well as smaller municipalities such as Pegognaga (Italy, ≈7,200), are also important members of the network. Cities inside and outside of Europe are working together to develop solutions to create city of the future. By joining the innovation network, cities and municipalities have the opportunity to connect with their counterparts around the world. Whether it is a city of comparable size and conditions, or a city facing very different challenges under different circumstances, there are significant benefits in facilitating learning and exchange between city partners.
From the automotive sector to certification
There is also a great diversity among the companies represented in the network. From innovative Start-ups, to small or medium-sized companies to global players; from the automotive industry to energy, ICT, planning and certification; are all represented within the network. Our holistic perspective on urban development requires the expertise from broad range of actors. All are welcome, and all will benefit from the network in different ways.
Support from research
To ensure access to the necessary scientific knowledge, as well as a range of tried and tested collaboration tools, the network benefits from access to eleven Fraunhofer institutes. These institutes offer research perspectives ranging from technology management, building processes, open communication systems and energy systems, to systems and innovation research.
This constellation creates the conditions for the creation of collaborative and innovative projects and solutions within this high-profile network. A central feature of the m:ci approach is our endeavour to achieve a systemic and holistic understanding of cities across different sectors in appreciation of their complexity. To this end, the network partners contribute complementary competencies to develop strategies and coherent measures for integrated urban interventions.
We invite you to join the innovation network!