Innovation & Sustainability Event

#Tech4Society – New technologies and the society

Join us for our second workshop of the #Tech4Society innovation series! In this workshop, we will explore what the future of government and a modern state may look like and how new technologies can empower citizens to foster trust, transparency, and social cohesion.

The COVID-19 pandemic underlines how important a transparent, efficient, and trustworthy public sector is. Harnessing the innovation potential of new technologies in order to achieve economic and social progress and foster social cohesion belongs to the key challenges of our societies today. 

The focus of this workshop will be twofold. Firstly, there is scope for reforming public administration making it more efficient, inclusive and accessible for citizens – even in times of a lockdown and physical distancing. Secondly, and closely related, we will address the question of how governance structures and public services can be designed to address the long-term challenges of social and economic transformation.

How can new tech strengthen democratic structures and facilitate the social, economic and ecological transformation while fostering social cohesion and trust in democratic institutions?


#Tech4Society – New technologies and the society

September 22, 2020
From 3:45 to 5:15 pm CET
Online workshop

Official registration is now closed.

Together with thinkers and practitioners, we will identify good practices and exchange thoughts and ideas. The objective is to conclude with innovative lessons for policymakers

Among others, we will be in conversation with:

  • Prof. Dr. Beth Simone Noveck, New Jersey’s Chief Innovation Officer, member of Germany’s Digital Council, director of the Governance Lab and author of “Smart Citizens, Smarter State”
  • Dr. Markus Richter, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology

The workshop will be chaired by Laura Dornheim (digital strategist and activist). Following the keynotes and best-practice cases from across Europe, we will deliberate in breakout rooms about the visions, instruments and frameworks of a successful innovation-based reform of public institutions.


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About #Tech4Society:

With the #Tech4Society innovation series, we seek to bring forward and explore the goal of promoting economic, social and ecological progress. The starting point of the conversations is the fundamental question of how new technologies can work best for societal progress. Further on, it takes into account the perspectives of the economy, the society, and the individual.

#Tech4Society seeks to address the long-term challenges of our societies, including economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, tomorrow’s work and economy, demographic changes, regional imbalances and the increasing political polarisation in democracies.

The premise of our co-innovative dialogue is to put new technologies at the service of people and society.


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