By Flora Adamian
On June 12, Berlin’s CityLAB — a new space for start-ups, scientists and civil society to create digital projects for the city — opened to the public. Located inside one of the buildings of the former Tempelhof airport, the space is a joint project of the Berlin Senate and the Technologiestiftung Berlin, or Technology Foundation Berlin.
CityLAB is built on three pillars, says Technologiestiftung Berlin CEO Nicolas Zimmer.
“First of all, it’s a showcasing of what’s done in Berlin by research institutions, but also by initiatives here in the city, and also by the government,” Zimmer says. “The second pillar is, it is a place where you can really work together on solving real-life problems in Berlin — so we have a co-working space here. And this is very much focused on how to digitize Berlin’s administration. And the third pillar is bringing Smart City technologies into action.”