Kongress Digitale Städte – Digitale Regionen

Online workshop

Artificial intelligence in our cities and regions

23.11.2023, 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing our world. At least since the launch of ChatGPT, the opportunities and risks posed by this technology have been discussed in the general public. We took up this theme and discussed with experts how AI can be used in smart municipalities and regions. 

Together with international experts we looked at: 

  • What is the state of the art? 
  • What use cases already exist? 
  • Where does AI generate concrete added value in municipalities? 
  • What does it take to use AI profitably and responsibly? 
  • Can small and medium-sized municipalities also use AI? 
  • And where is the journey going? 



Portrait Hauke Schlüter

1.00 – 1.15 pm


Chair: Hauke Schlüter

House of Digital Transformation

Portrait Cornelia Dinca

1.15 – 1.30 pm

Introduction to Amsterdam Smart City & Amsterdam Intelligence (AI) Ecosystems 

Cornelia Dinca

Amsterdam Smart City

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Portrait Pasi Rautio

1.30 – 1.45 pm

How Helsinki is using AI and what it has to do with trust

Pasi Rautio

City of Helsinki

PDF Download (1,95 MiB)

Portrait Francesco Raphael Frieri

2.00 – 2.45 pm 


AI and municipalities – simply intelligent

Francesco Raphael Frieri, Emilia-Romagna Region

Pasi Rautio, City of Helsinki

Fredrik Syversen, IKT Norge


Hauke Schlüter, House of Digital Transformation

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The online workshop was part of this event: 


The congress

Digital Cities – Digital Regions

The Digital Cities – Digital Regions congress ("Digitale Städte – Digitale Regionen") of the state of Hessen, Germany, addresses the digitization in municipalities and regions. It offers actors from politics and administration, business, science and society a forum to obtain information about the topics "smart city" and "smart region", to discuss and to network.

Previous workshops:



Digital Sovereignty in Europe

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm
Chair: Dr. Mohammad Gharesifard, EUROCITIES 

In the digital age cities and regions are being transformed into new types of digitized living spaces. This process must be designed with and for citizens, and be aligned with European values and rights. Digital technologies and data are not just abstract topics, they are important tools for designing these new processes and goals.

How can data and digital technologies be used so that they contribute to strengthening democracy and lead to new forms of civic participation? How should the newly emerging data and digital world be designed in order to strengthen the control citizens have and to develop democracy as a way of life and culture in a contemporary manner? We will get to know and discuss approaches and aspects from different cities and regions in this workshop.


1.00 - 1.15 pm


Dr. Mohammad Gharesifard


1.15 - 1.30 pm

Why regions matter in the Digital Decade

Eddy Hartog


1.30 - 1.45 pm

Data sovereignty and democracy in Digital Cities

Francesca Bria

Italian National Innovation Fund

1.45 - 2.00 pm

New Riga Digital Agency for better innovative, high-quality and secure ICT services

Edgars Klētnieks

Riga City Digital Agency

PDF Download (189,40 KiB)

2.00 - 2.30 pm  


Creating a democratic and green digitalized world  

Francesca Bria, Italian National Innovation Fund


Edgars Klētnieks, Riga City Digital Agency

Jarmo Soumisto, City of Helsinki



Dr. Mohammad Gharesifard, EUROCITIES


Pioneering innovation models

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm
Chair: Ivo Banek, EUROCITIES


Ivo Banek

1.00 - 1.15 pm


Ivo Banek


1.15 - 1.30 pm

HiCity Accelerator: how we drive municipal innovation

Efrat Barit Marom

HiCity – Herzliya's innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

PDF Download (1,03 MiB)

1.30 - 1.45 pm

Smarter Communities, a new paradigm for Europe

Marcos Antonio Nogueira

Alentejo Region [PT18] Permanent Representative to the EU

PDF Download (4,16 MiB)

1.45 - 2.00 pm

Dear citizen: we need more than your opinion.

Andries Geerse


Eddy Hartog

2.00 - 2.30 pm


Smart, secure, sustainable - how cities and communities pave the way

Eddy Hartog, European Commission

Andreis Geerse, WeLoveTheCity

Efrat Barrit Marom, HiCity – Herzliya's innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

Marcos Antonio Nogueira, Alentejo Region


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