OiER opens first UN Smart City LAB in Vienna

According to the United Nations, around two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050.

The rise of Smart Sustainable Cities has given rise to an ecosystem of municipal leaders, planners, sustainability directors, entrepreneurs, technologists, funders, and advocates. What is missing is a centralized platform to bring together these architects of the sustainable future.

United Smart Cities, a global Smart Cities program established by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER), opened the first Smart City LAB together with BRAINTRIBE - the Smart Data experts - in Vienna to offer the needed platform to various stakeholders.

Cities are the hubs of the future and need solutions to solve their challenges. The Smart City LAB enables the development of these solutions. - Kari Eik, Secretary General, OiER -Organization for International Economic Relations

The aim of the LAB is to develop and implement urban sustainability projects in the areas of education, health, infrastructure, mobility, energy, IOT, etc. in cities worldwide.

In the near future, international companies, startups, cities and UN experts will work on smart city solutions in the Smart City LAB, to sustainably improve the quality of life of the population.

I am very glad that companies are actively involved in shaping the future of cities and implementing projects within the United Smart Cities LAB. - Olga Algayerova Executive General, UNECE

The LAB was opened on May 22nd by Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE, together with Ivonne Higuero, Director Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE, Kari Aina Eik, Secretary General, OiER and Stefan Ebner, CEO and Founder, BRAINTRIBE.

CEOs of Austrian and international companies, startups, city representatives of London, Bristol, Helsinki, and Abidjan as well as Smart City experts attended in order to see for themselves the innovative activities.

Already on the opening day of the Smart City LAB, in the Firestarters Space in the 7th district of Vienna, the first solutions were presented, such as a smart energy system, developed by Twingz, an Austrian startup - positive effects on the energy balance is the focus of this development. Or DigitalGlobe, a US company specializing in satellite data for future city models. Even the founders of Pluvi.on, a Brazilian startup from the favelas of Sao Paulo, were able to present their solution to the international audience.

"In terms of the wordings, the activities should be" co-creation "and not co-working, as the LAB works together on specific topics and creates a community that pushes each other," says Stefan Ebner - CEO BRAINTRIBE.

The first USC LAB in Vienna only gives a first idea of what is about to come. Acting as a role model, the concept of this innovative United Smart City LAB will be brought to other cities worldwide, establishing a global network enhancing the development of the cities of the future.

The solutions jointly developed in the LAB will be made available to the global community of Smart Cities through a digital platform - Co-Create Locally, Share Globally!

The UN Smart Cities is open and eager to collaborate with all who want to contribute to the future of sustainability in cities, please contact lukas.ertl@oier.pro