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Many people are working on the Digital City of Ulm: Committed citizens, the city economy, science and companies. Finally yet importantly, there are also colleagues in the administration who are passionate about the digital transformation and help with questions or support projects. These include the Digital Agenda office, the Central Control and Services department and the various specialist departments. External partners from politics, science and business also support the city.


The advisory board for the development of the Smart City Ulm has the task of supporting the successful implementation of the project, discussing interim results of the project and challenges, and proposing solutions, as well as acting as a multiplier in the communication of the project throughout its entire duration. The advisory board can be involved in the project, but never runs the risk of interfering with the working level and slowing down implementation. It met for the first time on February 12, 2020 and is composed of experts on urban development, technology and ethics issues.

For more information on the advisory board and its work for the Smart City Ulm, a short german film is available here.

The members of the advisory board are:
Adriana Groh | Alexander Handschuh | Ph.D. Alfred G. Debus | Prof. Elke Pahl-Weber | Prof. Dr. Frank Kargl
Gerald Swarat | Gudrun Heute-Bluhm | Prof. Dr. Ines Mergel | Prof. Dr. Jörn von Lucke | Dr. Kay Ruge
Dr. Kirsten Witte | Marc Groß | Matthias Kammer | Steffen Braun | Dr. Tobias Bringmann

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
(Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat, BMI).

The ministry takes care of population protection, integration, sports promotion as well as security tasks. As part of the Ulm4CleverCity project, the BMI is funding the model project in Ulm over seven years (2020 - 2026) in two phases: Strategy development and implementation. More information about the ministry can be found here.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research
(Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF)

The ministry promotes measures in the areas of participation opportunities, integration and educational equity. In the Ulm project Zukunftsstadt 2030, projects in the four areas of mobility, administration, education and age/health are being implemented with the help of the BMBF over a period of eight years. Further information about the ministry is available here.

Ministry of the Interior, for Digitization and Municipalities in Baden-Württemberg
(Ministerium des Innern, für Digitalisierung und Kommunen)

The ideas contest Zukunftskommune@bw, which is part of the digital@bw strategy and for which Ulm was selected, was announced for model implementation in the municipalities. The aim is to support cities and municipalities in developing and implementing a digitization strategy. Further information on the ministry can be found here.

Ministry of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg
(Ministerium für Verkehr des Landes Baden-Württemberg)

The ministry takes care of the topics of mobility, traffic and noise protection. As part of the Open Bike project, the ministry supported projects in the area of open source software for a bicycle rental system using bicycles as an example over a period of 15 months. Further information about the ministry can be found here.

As one of 13 model municipalities of the federal government, Ulm is committed to transferring learnings, insights and results to the wider community in a comprehensive knowledge transfer. Getting innovative digital approaches off the ground requires diverse collaborations in which we learn from others and share our knowledge. In addition to documentation, the accompanying scientific research will also focus on evaluation, innovation, and impact research under the aspects of methodology, target groups, topics, and spaces. Furthermore, the processing of the findings will ensure transferability to other projects and municipalities or districts.

Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI)
In 2020, the city of Ulm was selected as one of four German cities that the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) [] will accompany in a study until the end of 2021. The aim is to publish recommendations for action for the IT security of smart city infrastructures based on findings obtained in Ulm and the other cities.

University of Ulm
The University of Ulm is participating in the Zukunftsstadt 2030 project with its division in the Department of Humanities with the Center for General Scientific Continuing Education (Zentrum für Allgemeine Wissenschatliche Weiterbildung, ZAWiW). With a focus on education, ZAWiW is involved with innovative educational offerings around digitalization and age groups together with other educational providers, civil society organizations and local people.

The Institute for Organization and Management of Information Systems is also conducting accompanying research in the Zukukunftskommune@bw funding project on the resilience and scalability of an open IoT platform. The Institute of Theoretical Chemistry is investigating climate change adaptation in Ulm through sensor-based IoT applications in the KLUGA project, in which the Digital Agenda is an associated project partner.

Ulm University of Applied Sciences
Ulm University of Applied Sciences (Technische Hochschule Ulm, THU) teaches and conducts research on current topics in engineering. As part of the Zukunftsstadt 2030 project, THU is involved in the area of mobility.  

Neu-Ulm University
Neu-Ulm University (HNU) teaches in the three faculties of Health Management, Information Management and Economics, as well as at the Center for Continuing Education. In the Zukunftsstadt 2030 project, HNU is investigating communication in the regional transformation process of the Zukunftsstadt 2030.  

Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen
Zeppelin University (ZU), located in Friedrichshafen, stands for interdisciplinary collaboration between business, culture and politics. In the context of the Zukunftsstadt 2030, ZU accompanies the subarea of administration and the overall accompanying research in the project and in the project Zukunftskommune@bw, ZU provides feedback and impulses on innovation expectations for a municipal data platform and IoT platform.  

University of Constance
Prof. Dr. Mergel from the Department of Political and Administrative Sciences conducted research in the funded project Zukunftskommune@bw especially on the topic of cross-functional cooperation and evaluated the organizational-structural approach of cross-sectional neighbourhood development at Eselsberg.

Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
Fraunhofer IESE conducts research in the area of software and system execution methods. From this, they develop innovative solutions for the design of digital ecosystems. As part of the model project Ulm4CleverCity, Fraunhofer IESE is providing scientific support for the project. In terms of content, Fraunhofer IESE is heavily involved in the call for proposals, technical conception, and implementation of the data platform in the funding project Zukunftskommune@bw.  

Urban Catalyst
Urban Catalyst accompanies cities in the transformation of spaces towards a sustainable and participatory design. In the context of the model project Ulm4CleverCity, Urban Catalyst provides scientific support for the project.

Wuppertal Institute
The Wuppertal Institute sees itself as an international think tank for impact and user-oriented sustainability research. Within the framework of the model project Ulm4CleverCity, the Wuppertal Institute is responsible for the scientific support of the project.  

The Iniative e.V. promotes digital talent and ideas in the region by making Ulm a more attractive location for young talent and digital professionals. As part of the Digital Agenda, the initiative is involved in LoRa Park.

Ulmer Initiativkreis nachhaltige Wirtschaftsentwicklung e.V. (UNW)
The UNW sees itself as a mediator between business, science and society in Ulm and the region in the context of sustainable ways of working and doing business. Within the framework of zukunftskommune@bw, the UNW is involved in the environmental field of action.

The Agaplesion Bethesda Clinic in Ulm is the specialist clinic for geriatrics in the region. As part of Zukunftsstadt 2030, Agaplesion Bethesda Klinik Ulm is committed to the areas of health, demography and age.

citysens GmbH
The agency supports the Digital Agenda in the development and implementation of its projects.

City & Bits
The agency supports the Digital Agenda in the development and implementation of its projects, especially in the area of the Smart City mission.

Zebralog designs citizen participation, customer participation and employee participation - on-site or online. Within the Digital Agenda projects, Zebralog is an important partner.

Municipal Utilities - Stadtwerke Ulm/Neu-Ulm (SWU)
The SWU takes care in Ulm and Neu-Ulm within the topics energy, drinking water, telecommunication and mobility. Accordingly, it is actively involved as a partner in projects of the Digital Agenda, e.g. the funding project Zukunftskommune@bw.

Waste Management Company of the City of Ulm (Entsorgunsbetriebe der Stadt Ulm, EBU)
EBU is the municipal waste disposal company. As part of the Digital Agenda, EBU supports projects, for example, in the accommodation of municipal vehicles such as the Ape (small van) or the testing of level indicators in the funding project Zukunftskommune@bw. 

Ulm Park Operating Company (Ulmer Parkbetriebsgesellschaft, PBG)
The PBG tests sensor technologies together with the city administration and has participated in the EU-funded project DA-SPACE with usecases for challenges.

Ulmer Wohnungs- und Siedlungs-Gesellschaft mbH (UWS)
UWS was the first housing association in Ulm with its own app for tenants. In the project Zukukunftskommune@bw, UWS is a partner in the sub-projects Balcony Photovoltaics and Smart Urban Gardening. In addition, UWS is creating the conditions for FFTH (fiber optics) to the residential units, the wired transfer points for digital metering infrastructures and e-charging infrastructures in underground garages in the new development area "Am Weinberg".

Ulm Messe GmbH
Ulm Messe GmbH is testing sensor technology for visitor counting with the Digital Agenda. The Ulm Messe was also a partner in the funding project Zukunftskommune@bw in the topic area of online weekly market.