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Second place for Smart City Wil at "" at CEBIT is an initiative of the GFKD, Gesellschaft für kommunale Digitalisierung (Municipal Digitalization Association). The central idea of is fostering exchange between municipal actors, experts as well as suppliers and service providers. For this purpose, provides a platform where this form of exchange of ideas can take place – personally and via digital channels.

2. Platz bei der CEBIT

Pictured, from left, are Stefan Grötzinger, Energy Officer and Smart City Project Manager of the City of Wil
Michael Hoppe, initiator of
Stephan Juen, Smart City consultant, Smart Community, consign identity communication design organized an international competition at the CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. At CeBIT, initiated an ideas competition in which municipalities, companies or initiatives of citizens could present their ideas or projects for municipal digitalization. There different approaches to municipal digitalization from four countries (D, CH, A, NL) were presented and Smart City Wil was ranked second by an independent jury of experts from among fourteen entries that presented their work in the final selection.

"Especially the small and medium-sized cities and municipalities need support when it comes to digitalization. The Smart City Wil project pursues an emotional and playful approach in order to convince people to join in. The jury was impressed by the fact that the citizens of Wil can shape the direction of the project. This is the best way to ensure that municipal digitalization serves the well-being of the people". - Michael Hoppe, Initiator of

"The good quality of life in our city is most important to me. We have therefore decided in the city council to take a holistic approach to the Smart City transformation process. Smart City should be oriented to the needs of the people" - Susanne Hartmann, Mayor of Wil


"In the Smart Community Dialogue, we are expanding the three Smart City layers - infrastructure, digitalization and services for citizens - by a fourth layer: emotion, approval and trust. Because Smart Cities can only fully develop their benefits if you reach people." - Stephan Juen, consign, Smart City consultant of the city of Wil

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