On May 17, the winning teams of the international "Better Together Award" competition visited the Drees & Sommer.
The internationally renowned competition was initiated jointly by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). It aims to identify innovative startups in all areas of sustainable urban development and to raise innovation potential through cooperation with municipalities and local authorities. The winning teams come from India, Australia, Nigeria, Italy and Germany - and are as diverse as the solutions they create.
For example, the startup Trafi from Lithuania, together with Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), is developing the comprehensive mobility app Jelbi, which integrates various transport providers in Berlin into one application and is to be launched in Berlin in the summer. The city and the BVG hope to counteract air pollution and climate change and become less dependent on cars as a means of transport. In the project "Mobility Urban Values Game", an app is being developed to help promote the sustainable behaviour of citizens through gamification and digital and analog experiences. It is already being tested in six pilot cities, including Barcelona, Amsterdam and Palermo.
After keynote speeches by Alyssa Weskamp on "Blue City - Urban Innovation with Drees & Sommer" and Tobias Fischer on "Cradle to Cradle", participants discussed with Drees & Sommer experts how sustainable smart city, construction and real estate projects can be designed. Other topics included linking points between the participant solutions and Drees & Sommer and the question of how to achieve successful cooperation between startups and corporates, municipalities and local administrations. In the future, Drees & Sommer will continue to serve the project teams as a sparring partner in the further development of their innovative ideas.