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28 September - 1 October 2021

Let's Meet Virtually


Hamburg is one of the most important business locations in Germany and the host of the ITS World Congress 2021. A growing population, increasing freight traffic, and rising numbers of commuters lead to an increased demand for mobility. In view of spatially and economically limited opportunities, the key to success lies in greater transport efficiency and better capacity utilization of transport routes. Hamburg's aim is to use the opportunities offered by digitalization for mobility and transport and to demonstrate this transformation in its role as a model city for future, sustainable and integrated mobility and logistics. In order to achieve these goals, the City of Hamburg has developed its own ITS strategy in 2016, thus creating the conditions for further developing Hamburg's transport system using digital technologies.

The City of Hamburg and the Digital Hub Logistic of Hamburg are jointly working to bring together startups, corporates, science, research, and further education in order to stimulate the new process, product, and business model innovations in logistics and mobility. Throughout a vast series of workshops and events, sustainable and innovative ideas for new mobility and logistics products and services are generated. Supported by its corporate partners, amongst them companies such as Volkswagen, DHL or Beiersdorf, the Digital Hub has become the port of call for logistics and urban mobility innovators in Hamburg and northern Germany.

Lublin is a city of young and active people with its 75,000-strong student community, including over 6500 foreign students and 9 universities. Mobility in the City of Lublin is an extremely complex phenomenon requiring an approach based on integrated solutions that combine competence in the field of technology, strategic design, but also the social aspect. The input of the city of Lublin for the Citython edition in Lublin will be to define the challenge, to support TUM with finding jury members and speakers, to organize the external services, and to develop a follow-up plan for working with the winners of Citython Lublin 2021.

During the Citython edition the City of Lublin will collaborate with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and more than 500 doctoral students graduate. UPC fits naturally in the Knowledge Triangle to deliver Higher Education, Research & Technology. Contact with industry has been integrated into their activities and entrepreneurship is supported by different programs that have in mind students, young graduates and faculty members.


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Increase the level of active mobility in the City of Hamburg

Privately owned vehicles can be considered as the favourite mode of transport going in and out of the city of Hamburg. Purposes for trips range widely between leisure and daily commute but have one thing in common: they create traffic jams or generally slow traffic (especially at peak hours morning and afternoon) along with emissions and noise due to the high amount of cars with mostly just one driver. This calls for solutions that go beyond any restrictions of parking spaces in the city.

Carefree Drive

Automated driving in

the City of Hamburg

Fully automated driving is often seen as the way we travel in the future. Today however there are many challenges to be solved before this vision turns into reality. Autonomous driving needs to be safe and is hence restricted under German governmental law and does not allow vehicles to drive fully autonomous on public roads without special permission. Communication between the car and its surroundings is a crucial element to autonomous driving as well as the coherent decision making based the input of a car´s sensors.


Green Connection in

the City of Lublin

Green Connection is a concept of combining Lublin's green areas into a coherent recreational and natural system. Lublin has significant potential thanks to the unique terrain - river valleys, dry valleys and ravines permeating the urban buildings, parks, squares and the greenery of the estate. We have an opportunity to provide a more fulfilling urban experience and to design for health, equity, and accessibility. The answer to this demand may be the connection of green areas in Lublin into the Green Connection.

Event Agenda

Partners of Citython 2021 - Hamburg & Lublin

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This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility,an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more:

Tuesday, 16th September  

Are you curious to know more about our speakers and Inspirational Tech Pills? We are working on the speaker's presentations which will be available soon. 



Welcome speech

Announcement of Challenge I

¨Increase the level of active mobility in the City of Hamburg¨

 Inspirational Techpill Talk I

Announcement Challenge II

¨Automated driving in the City of Hamburg¨

Inspirational Techpill Talk II

Announcement Challenge III

¨Green Connection in the City of Lublin¨ 

Inspirational Techpill Talk III















Sunday, 19th September 

18:00. Registration deadline!


Wednesday, 22nd September


09:00. Announcement of Teams. Start Hacking!

Tuesday, 28th September 

10:00-13:00. Individual mentoring session I

Wednesday, 29th September

10:00-13:00. Individual mentoring session II

Thursday, 30th September ​

12:00. Deadline submission of final solutions

(mid-term review form & video).

If these two files are not sent, your group will be automatically disqualified. You will not be able to pitch in front of the jury members on Friday, 1 October and therefore you will not be eligible for any of the announced prizes.

16:00. Publication of the final candidates.

Friday, 1st October 

10:00 – 12:00. Final candidates presentations to the jury members

15:00 – 15:30. Announcement of winners and closure.