Call for Ideas

© Photo Ulf Büschleb, Fraunhofer

Call for ideas: good ideas for better cities!

What does the city of the future look like?


We were seeking out new concepts and ideas for revolutionary products, technologies or methods. 

The teams behind the top ten concept sketches submitted are given the opportunity to present their idea to some 400 guests in an elevator pitch on the first night of the conference on November 25, 2015. The top three innovators will also be rewarded with memberships in Fraunhofer’s Morgenstadt innovation network that are worth 25,000 euros.

Meet the top ten projects which will be presented on the conference:

Winner: GreenCitySolutions

Zhengliang Wu (Dresden)

Green City Solutions offers intelligent solutions for environmental services, CleanTech and sustainable urban development that helps provide residents with a healthier, more productive life in future-ready, livable cities. 

Combining state-of-the-art Internet of Things technology with the innate qualities of special moss cultures, the CityTree filters particulate matter, NOand thus large amounts of CO2 equivalents from the air.

Analog information can also be displayed in the form of writing or images on its green surfaces and digital data can be transmitted by adding a QR code, iBeacon or NFC.

Second Place: ParkHere

Sasan Amini (Munich)

ParkHere is a spin-off of the Technical University of Munich. It has developed the world’s first energy autarkic sensor system for smart parking solutions. With the sensor-based real-time data about free parking places they are planning not only to save the urban environment we are living in, but also the nerves of millions of car drivers and inhabitants.

Third Place: Breeze

Robert Heinecke (Hamburg)

Breeze helps cities and companies to create a livable world. Founded in February 2015, this start-up is developing inexpensive environmental sensors and a cloud-based analytics platform for evaluating environmental data. A sensor for determining air quality has already been produced and is currently being used by several customers. It generates recommendations for actions that could improve environmental quality.


Jan Schulte (Munich)

Cleverciti has developed a cutting-edge smart parking management solution for real-time parking information. The overhead sensor technology can be integrated into street lights and takes the pain out of the daily hassle of finding a parking space. Our solution helps to manage parking efficiently, cost effectively and reduces traffic, too.


Nedal E. Yassin (Munich)

With its data hub, Evo-Connect offers a unique combination of security, transparency and comfort. It is a fundamental (infrastructural) requirement for the implementation of intelligent energy management systems through Smart Home, which is expected to increase energy efficiency in the city of the future.

Kappo Bike

Ivan Mora (Chile)

Kappo is a unique mobile social game designed to encourage users to use their bicycles more often by be in contact with their friends and cyclists around the world. It mixed the addictive successful social games features with GPS tracking technology, actually the only way to level up, unlock new virtual equipments and play is riding your real bicycle.

But Kappo it’s more than a game, with all the data collected from citizens we offer cyclists insights and predictive analytics to help cities take better infrastructure decisions, for instance, build new bicycle routes in places that is really necessary based on the local flows and cyclists demand.

Multifactory Value Chain

Lorenza Salati (Italy)

A Multifactory is a revolutionary concept for the production environment in urban contexts. It is a shared working space but it is not an incubator, coworking space, FabLab or makerspace. This is a completely new concept. 

A Multifactory is an “Invisible Factory”, which can be seen as an archipelago of companies that are independent and fully autonomous in every aspect. Yet they can cooperate in such an integrated way as if they were divisions of a single, huge company. This is an idea that is spreading autonomously throughout Europe in cities very different from each other. It is a new, complex system of urban regeneration through the creation of a value chain in urban contexts.


Prof. Moritz Fleischmann und Dr. Mark Kammerbauer (Berlin)

We live in a rapidly urbanizing world: By 2050, almost 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. As metropolises continue to densify and the average height of buildings reaches ever skyward, high-rise towers will play an integral role in the dynamic evolution of our future urban landscapes. However, this vertical expansion and its currently unresolved relationship to the horizontal plane, poses a new set of challenges.


Thomas Ctibor (Czech Republic)

The idea 4ct [For city] is to create a “virtual company” focused on universal innovative methods of urban development.

4ct aims to connect top, real-life professionals within subject development cases/ fields/ cities in a flexible way, adjusted to the specific projects. Different levels of specialist involvement provide an exchange of experience, information and innovations.

4ct wants to deliver results for both public/ cities and private/ developers, which fully matches the interests of both parties. Oriented towards sustainable solutions, the main benefiter is the city and its users.


Robert Lichtman (Netherlands)