Metropolitan Cities



July 16th - 17th 2019, Aachen

Speaker 2019

Agenda 2019

Tuesday, July 16th

09:00 - 09:50

Metropolitan Cities is driven by the vision of a possible bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032. The opening session will describe the opportunities for sustainable and consistent development of the region.

09:50 - 10:10

What can we learn for the design of metropolitan cities from software and technology companies? The impulse shows which innovative solutions a tech group would have in store for the most urgent challenges in metropolitan cities and what this could mean for the design of a metropolitan region.

10:10 - 12:20

In order to reduce the never-ending traffic jams, urban areas need new vehicle concepts that relieve the strain on the roads by significantly reducing the amount of space required on the road to transport people and goods. The key to this lies, for example, in the increased use of shuttle-based systems that make the best possible use of traffic routes, especially if they can be coupled in platooning.

12:20 - 13:00 | Networking Lunch

13:00 - 14:20

Start-ups develop urban innovations with the necessary speed. In cooperation with corporations, they are the driving force behind innovations and innovation systems. The Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region is already the frontrunner when it comes to start-ups, and the aim is to build on this successful position.

14:20 - 16:10

Road transport is not always the most appropriate means, but it must definitely be possible to integrate it into new mobility concepts. Different modalities and their interlinking are necessary to master the flows of goods and people in the future. Implementation in end-to-end chains is becoming a key factor here.

16:10 - 18:00

The development strategy for metropolitan cities must lead to scalable solutions. Only then will there be incentives for companies and investors to make the necessary investments and only then will the sustainability required to build an efficient metropolitan region be achieved.

Wednesday, July 17th

08:00 - 10:00

The #MC2032 Innovation Breakfast serves beside the main program for the exchange & networking between investors, companies and start-ups in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere with first class table captains.

10:00 - 11:30

The vision of completely autonomous driving is still a long way off for both technological and economic reasons. For the realisation of a safe and efficient traffic flow across all modes of transport, a central authority in the sense of a control centre is therefore necessary. The idea of this control centre is highly demanding in its implementation and requires the integration of different systems from different providers. The technological potential in the metropolitan region is there, the question arises how this can be tapped.

11:30 - 12:10 | Networking Lunch

12:10 - 14:00

A central success factor in the design of urban spaces is the use of existing and new parking facilities for all types of mobility vehicles. New utilisation concepts for private and public parking spaces must be developed. New real estate concepts are emerging for mobility hubs that not only allow electric vehicles to be loaded, but also new services on the periphery of urban centres.

14:00 - 15:50

The existing infrastructures in metropolitan cities can only be adapted to a limited extent. The conversion of existing roads and lines to digital technologies enables more efficient traffic flow and faster and more flexible distribution of people and goods.

15:50 - 17:10

The availability and securing of key resources is a decisive competitive factor for metropolitan cities. Access to capital for innovative and forward-looking concepts for cities and regions is becoming a distinguishing feature. Financing opportunities are essential for the Metropolitan Cities innovation ecosystem.

17:10 - 17:55

Theses and statements of the two event days about the future strategy of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.

What is this about?

The initiative METROPOLITAN CITIES embodies the vision of interconnecting and mobilizing all people of the fifth largest metropolitan region in Europe: Rhine-Ruhr. Numerous companies, research institutions and the public sector have joined forces to develop and promote innovations in the field of sustainable cities and mobility.

As annual highlight, the METROPOLITAN CITIES congress presents all continuous activities which pave the way for the application to the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032 as Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.

The inevitable transformation of mobility will have a considerable impact on people’s lives in the future. In cooperation with RWTH Aachen University and other renown Universities as well as the RWTH Aachen Campus, the METROPOLITAN CITIES congress will highlight exciting future issues of connected mobility and digitization. Creating a platform for pioneers from business, science and politics to discuss and solve the most pressing challenges facing metropolitan regions.

Moderated workshops on both congress days give you the opportunity to shape specific topics and actively participate.


METROPOLITAN CITIES has the vision to remove local innovation barriers and realize an economic and ecological future concept for a digitally connected and mobile region.

Through digital networking of people and companies, communities and digital ecosystems are driven forward. By integrating innovative companies and start-ups, the attractiveness of the region as a place to live and work will elevate. Digital and physical infrastructures form the foundation for the region. Essential requirements are an open and secure database of all relevant data (Regional Data Lake) and an infrastructure that enables the implementation of planned mobility concepts.

People & Mobility
Finance & Resources
Physical Infrastructures
Digital Infrastructures
Cities & Regions
Logistics & Transportation
Buildings & Spaces
Innovative Ecosystems




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Cluster Smart Logistik

Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Gudergan
Campus-Boulevard 55
52074 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 47705 104


Rhein Ruhr City GmbH

Kai Meesters
Im Welterbe 10
45141 Essen
Phone: +49 221 940577 21

Cluster Smart Logistik

Birgit Merx
Campus-Boulevard 55
52074 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 47705 150


Rhein Ruhr City GmbH

Steffen Günther
Im Welterbe 10
45141 Essen
Phone: +49 221 940577 22