Hamburg working with "The New Institute" on becoming digital city

"New Hanse" scheme adopted - data-driven pilot projects for more democracy and sustainability
07 July 2022

The city announced "The New Hanse" scheme in July on which it is collaborating with the Hamburg-based think tank "The New Institute” to advance digital democracy, data use and sustainability. The overall goal is to create a Europe-wide network of progressive digital cities to shape sustainable democracy in the digital era.

Hamburg to take on pioneering role in Europe 

Emphasis is on how cities can use data to become more democratic and sustainable. "Hamburg has an ambitious urban policy in the fields of data and sustainability," said Francesca Bria, Pogramme Director of The New Hanse, which continues Hamburg's tradition of urban co-operation, but with new means. "We want to develop democratic standards and blueprints for future data governance models and sharing urban data in the public interest." The results could then be tested and replicated in Hamburg and other German and European cities. Jan Pörksen, State Councillor and Head of the Senate Chancellery, stressed: "We are convinced that the practical findings from our city can provide important guidance for the future design of legislation at federal and EU level."

Urban Data Challenge 

A declaration of intent has been signed between the city and the institute to launch the so-called Urban Data Challenge, which is the first joint project in the "new Hanseatic League". The challenge is now open to start-ups and SMEs looking for ways to make mobility data collected by private companies in public spaces available to the city and the people of Hamburg. Traffic flows away from motorised private transport such as those of cyclists, could thus be better analysed. Pörksen noted: "A digitalised world holds plenty of potential for managing data on mobility, climate protection or citizen participation in the public interest."


The New Institute

The New Institute is an Institute of Advanced Study and a platform for shaping social change. Based in central Hamburg, it combines academic excellence with innovative practice. Up to 35 fellows from academia, activism, art, media, politics and business are working on new solutions to pressing issues of the 21st century.