Smarter Cities: Pune and Karlsruhe
The two cities co-operate
The two cities co-operate in the area of IT, automotive, mobility and energy sectors, as well as in the gaming industry. In 2013, the First Mayor of Karlsruhe and the President of MCCIA Pune signed a MoU with the goal of fostering a close co-operation in the areas of IT, automotive, mobility, energy and gaming industry between the two smarter cities: Karlsruhe and Pune.
In early 2014, a co-operation and marketing office in Pune was opened, led by Let’s bridge IT, the representative of the City Council of Karlsruhe, to connect Pune-based companies with counterparts in the Region of Karlsruhe and support them to gain a footprint in Germany.
What Karlsruhe office in Pune can do:
- Introduce to the right ‘channels’ / contacts in Karlsruhe
- Advise in questions around ‘fairs, exhibitions, event’ and facilitate participation
- Support with hotels/ travel arrangements
- Consult in different areas of Market entry strategy
- Facilitate initiatives/ programs between Pune and Karlsruhe
- Support business development activities in Karlsruhe region
- Inform about Events/ News/ Delegations to Karlsruhe and Pune
Karlsruhe is a leader in cluster work:
Karlsruhe, situated in south-western Germany between Black Forest and the Rhine, is one of the first German cities to operate active clustering and networking activities. The foundation stone for what is now a European success story was laid with the establishment of the CyberForum, a public-private partnership.
The IT cluster Cyber Forum: The Cyber Forum in Karlsruhe is the only ICT Cluster in Europe, which was awarded the ‘European Cluster Excellence Intitiative’s Gold Label and the ‘Cluster Excellence Baden-Württemberg’ quality label. It has more than 1,000 members and over 8,000 participants from the fields of business, science and research. It is part of Europe’s largest software cluster, ‘Emerging Software for the Digital Company’ and one of Germany’s top clusters. Inspired by the success of the Cyber Forum, the City of Karlsruhe continues to extend its cluster work on a sector related basis.
The Automotive Engineering Network (AEN): The AEN , which also works in close co-operation with the French automobile cluster, ‘Pole Vehicule du Futur’, provides knowledge to over 100 partners from the automobile industry, as well as research partners from the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute.
Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT): KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution. Engineering sciences, natural sciences, the humanities and social sciences make up the scope of subjects covered by KIT. In high interdisciplinary interaction, scientists of these disciplines study topics extending from the fundamentals to application and from the development of new technologies to the reflection of the relationship between man and technology.
The Energy Forum: In the near future, more than seven billion people will need to be supplied with energy. KIT, in which the University of Karlsruhe and the Research Center, Karlsruhe, pool their competences and resources to establish an internationally outstanding institution in the natural and engineering sciences, accepts this challenge and operates the KIT Energy Center. The KIT Energy Center, which has 1,100 members in its team, is one of Europe’s largest energy research establishments. Its interdisciplinary approach links fundamental research with applied research into all energy resources.
Karlsruhe – the hub for gaming: Karlsruhe has made itself the centre for games industry in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Germany’s biggest games maker, Gameforge, has its headquarters here, with about 450 employees. It is also home to many smaller and innovative companies. The Australian elite university, RMIT Melbourne, is establishing its European research and development laboratory, GEEL ab Europe in Karlsruhe.
Karlsruhe Smarter City initiative: This initiative is aimed at using the latest technology to improve the quality of life of Karlsruhe’s citizens. More than 60 partners from business and research are developing lighthouse projects in the areas of home automation, intelligent mobility, life in the city/ public services, energy and smart culture.