Until the end of 2018, the initiative promoted systematic networking between the various players, e.g. via the sharing of ideas and projects, on an open innovation platform. In January 2019, it was replaced by the new Urban.Rural.Digital Initiative.
It is a key point of contact for experts, professional user groups and end-users. It organises activities to promote a better understanding of smart networking. The partners are engaged in a regular dialogue with the initiative. For example, they work on implementing projects and support the dissemination of successful projects. They feed in their expertise via the initiative’s activities and serve as multipliers spreading the understanding of smart networking. In a joint dialogue, the network partners and the initiative give a boost to smart networking in Germany.
Participating and feeding in ideas
Everyone can access the online platform to register as a participant and feed in specific examples of how digital technologies can improve day-to-day lives at work and at home. This means that you can talk with experts, developers and users of smart networking about how we can advance digitalisation to everyone’s benefit.
At events organised by regional partners, the participants learn about projects in their vicinity and how to use the potential of smart networking in their own lives or for their companies.
Surveys, studies, practical guidelines
The Initiative conducts regular surveys and studies to boost the understanding of smart networking. These include the representative survey ''. The representative survey 'Digitalisation and Smart Networking in Municipalities (in German)' deals with digital progress in German municipalities. The use of digital applications in vocational schools is covered by the short study ''. Practical guidelines on the issue of acceptance and a study on the promotion of smart networking projects are currently being prepared.