git init Berlin
03-13, 12:10–12:40 (Europe/Berlin), Stage 1

How do you build an open source community not around a single software or use case, but around an entire city? Since 2019 CityLAB Berlin, a public innovation lab funded by the Berlin Senate Chancellery and run by the Technologiestiftung Berlin, has been working to promote the use of open source software in government contexts.

These efforts include developing open source prototypes for and with Berlin government agencies, creating resources to help both government employees as well as open source developers learn how to become more involved in open source software in the context of the city government, and creating outreach formats for engaging with both city employees and developers around open source.

The goal is to turn into a hub for open source development for the city government. In this talk, members of the CItyLAB Berlin team will discuss how they are trying to create an open source community from the ground up and present a vision for the potential of open source for our cities.

See also: Slides (2.1 MB)

Ingo is the Product Lead at CityLAB Berlin. He studied Visual Communication with a focus on Interface Design at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and has many years of experience in product management, design and software development both as a freelancer and as a founder of various startups. His focus is on the agile development of pragmatic software solutions for complex problems.

Victoria Boeck is a project manager for government innovation and data at the CityLAB Berlin, a project from the Technologiestiftung Berlin. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Hertie School in Berlin.