A better city for tomorrow

What is the citizen's role in building a smart city? In August 2017, 35 master students from around Europe came together in Berlin for the annual eit digital Summerschool to work on this question. As a lead coach, I guided the students through understanding the context and its actors, creating concepts that improve city governance with the help of 'smart technologies' such as localized apps and chatbots and developing sustainable business models around them. While I had led teams through the design thinking / business modelling process many times before, my greatest learnings from those 2 weeks were how to encourage an open mindset and going for wild ideas in a pretty homogenous group of male IT students and how to get them enough space and time to work on their ideas in a summerschool that is also packed with lectures and company visits.

Client: eit digital Date: Aug 2017 Services: Teaching