Danube Competitiveness in Practice:

Smart Cities – Innovative Digital
Business Perspectives for SMEs

New technologies and digitisation open up new perspectives for Smart Cities and Urban Development, but they also pose challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises. How can we meet these challenges, be prepared for the new opportunities and use the results efficiently across the Danube region? The joint event of Barcamp Böblingen and Priority 8 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) Working Groups Digital Danube (coordinated by Reutlingen University) and Innovation and Technology Transfer (coordinated by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum/Steinbeis 2i GmbH) focuses on business models in the review of urban areas to transform degraded areas into intelligent areas and cities into smart cities.


The event offers stakeholders and SMEs from Baden-Württemberg and the Danube Region the opportunity to exchange experiences and addresses their challenges directly to the representatives from politics and administration present. The following two days of the bilingual Barcamp Böblingen are organised in the format of an “unconference” on the topics of Internet, Digitization, IT, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, (Lean) Start-ups, Social Media and Society.

Agenda 18 October 2019

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Dieter Hertweck,
                      Professor at Reutlingen University, Germany

Welcome Lunch


Session 1: DCP in Smart Cities – Innovative Digital Business Perspectives for SMEs

14.00 – 14.05              Official Welcome Address

                                    Dr. Sascha Meßmer

                                    Economic development for the district of Böblingen, Germany

14.05 – 14.10              Official Welcome Address on behalf of the EUSDR Priority Area 8

                                    Dr. Judit Schrick-Szenczi

                                    EUSDR Priority Area 8 Coordinator, Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing                                      Baden-Württemberg, Germany

14.10 – 14.30              Welcome address on behalf of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg

                                    Paul Nemeth

                                    Member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, responsible for     
                                    EUSDR affairs

14.30 – 14.50              Introductory speech

                                    Albena Antonova, Prof. Krassen Stafanov, Ph.D. 

                                    Scientific Research Department of the Faculty Mathematics and Informatics,
                                    Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski", Bulgaria

14.50 – 15.10              Urban development / regeneration – involvement of SMEs in a transnational context

                                    Mateo Ivanac

                                    Croatian Chamber of Economy, Head of Innovation Factory at the Centre for Industrial                                      Development (CIRAZ), Croatia

15.10 – 15.30              Smart City IoT-Networks – a chance for digital Innovations in urban environments

                                    Prof. Dr. Vjeran Strahonja

                                    Professor at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb, Croatia

15.30 – 16.00              Coffee break


Session 2: DCP in Smart Cities – Innovative Digital Business Perspectives  for SMEs
                 Panel Discussion

16.00 – 16.30              Panel on Smart Cities and Urban Development for SMEs

                                    Paul Nemeth

                                    Member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg, responsible for EUSDR affairs,

                                    Matthias Holzner
                                    Service Bureau EUSDR, State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, Germany

                                    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mihai Dragomir

                                    Associate Professor at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Manager of the
                                    Danube Transfer Center Cluj-Napoca, 

                                    Ivan Plačko

                                    Managing Director, Technology Innovation Centre Međimurje, Croatia

                                    Stefan Kraus
                                    Head of the Office for Technology, Environment, Green Affairs, Municipality of
                                    Herrenberg, Germany

16.30 – 16.45              Questions and Answers

                                    Open discussion with the participants


Session 3: DCP in Smart Cities – Innovative Digital Business Perspectives for SMEs

16.45 – 17.00              Peter Kühfuß

                                    CEO, KMPC Innovations GmbH, Germany

17.00 – 17.15              Gordan Kocijan

                                    CEO, Telemetris d.o.o., Croatia

17.15 – 17.30              Closing remarks


Opening Session Barcamp Böblingen 

19.00 – 22.00              Brauhaus Böblingen

                                    Address:  Lange Straße 20 | 71032 Böblingen
                                    Plus Code:  M2M8+QW Böblingen

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