Berlin City SummitMay 5th, 2022 at the Drivery, Berlin
Name of the Event: Berlin City Summit
Date: May 5th, 2022
Venue: The Drivery, Berlin
Number of participants: 250 by invitation only
Berlin – Urban Mobility in Transition!
Berlin’s mobility system is currently in transition, both physically and digitally. This means that now is the perfect opportunity to assess the present and discuss potential challenges that will arise in the future. The Berlin City Summit is the communication space where the most important questions about the future of urban mobility are discussed and answered, and where the transformation takes shape.
The first edition of the Berlin City Summit on May 5th, 2022, will focus on mobility hubs. Mobility hubs are the physical and digital representation of the mobility system. They are the focal point of access to all modes of transport, which includes MaaS, shared services, last mile logistics, and electric energy provision and thus represent the enabling force for future mobility in Berlin. Thanks to Jelbi, Berlin has one of the largest networks of mobility hubs in Europe and is continuously working on the strategic expansion with its local partners.
Overview of the Berlin City Summit
After over two years of preparing and postponing the event due to the pandemic, Autonomy could finally hold the very first edition of the invitation-only Berlin City Summit on the 5th of May at The Drivery, in cooperation with Berlin Partner, Hogan Lovells, and The Drivery.
With Berlin being the sharing capital of Europe, and multimodal sustainable mobility gaining momentum, it was the perfect place and time to conduct our City Summit focused on the theme “Mobility Hubs”.
Berlin Partner with its e-mobility agency eMO were the perfect City Partner to host the event with us and represent the German capital. Dr. Stefan Franzke, CEO of Berlin Partner, did the honours of opening the Berlin City Summit together with Patrick Ayad, the Global Leader Mobility and Transportation at Hogan Lovells. Hogan Lovells, the globally active law firm, has already been a valuable and appreciated partner of Autonomy for several years and was our exclusive Lead Partner for this City Summit.
Mr. Thomas Meissner, Head of Division Mobility, Energy, Innovation at Berlin Partner, invited the audience to deep-dive with him into the topic of Mobility Hubs and the sustainable mobility transition in the sharing capital of Europe, Berlin, focusing on Berlin Partner’s endeavour to electrify commercial transport, the needs-based provision of charging infrastructure, and the optimisation of corporate mobility management.
Michael Bartnik, the Deputy Head of Jelbi (the application that is part of the Berlin public transport agency Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe), followed-up on the topic by “Introducing Jelbi: A One-Stop-Shop for Urban Mobility”. Mr Bartnik impressively explained how Jelbi tries to untie the Gordian knot of the paradox that traffic jams arise on the outskirts of the city, but that mobility sharing services are to be found in the city centre.
The first half of the morning was then completed by a passionate fireside chat between Paris and Berlin (both members of the POLIS Network), represented by Francesco Travagli of Choose Paris Region and by Thomas Meissner of Berlin Partner, followed by an enriching panel by Mobimeo.
The fireside chat was moderated by one of the best-known personalities in mobility and transportation in Europe: Karen Vanclusen, the Secretary General of the POLIS Network. Diverse topics were touched upon, like how they manage to attract companies to their respective city or what measures they are implementing to foster multimodal mobility in Paris and Berlin. If you would like to have a closer look, we invite you to check out a recording of the session.
City Hour by Berlin Partner, eMO, & Jelbi + fireside chat between Paris and Berlin
The Mobimeo panel was moderated by Tine Haas of the Dornier Consulting International GmbH and included panellists like the CEO of Mobimeo, John David von Oertzen, Jasmin Rimmele from Voi, and Dr. Philipp Henzgen from the Deutsche Bahn Smart Cities division. Their focus lay on “Train stations as natural mobility hubs”, as those have always been enabling travellers to switch between modes of transport conveniently and easily at the same spot. Therefore, the panellists discussed how Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) can connect modes of transportation nationwide and establish itself as an alternative to the private car.
Train stations as natural mobility hubs by Mobimeo
Later, Romain Erny, Head of Mobility at Choose Paris Region, proposed a passionate discussion with Nina Geiss, CMO at ViveLaVar. As the Paris Region has set ambitious goals to drastically reduce air pollution and congestion, the strategy is to invest heavily in mass transit, active mobility and cleaner vehicles. Innovative companies like ViveLaCar can contribute to achieving these ambitious mobility targets. Both speakers brought up challenges and promising ideas for solutions that were thought-provoking for the whole audience.
The Transition towards a cleaner and more efficient mobility in Paris region
by Choose Paris Region
Hogan Lovells offered a highly interesting panel discussion about the legal perspective on autonomous vehicles and the related regulation, incorporating the expert views of Dr. Volker Hartmann (Vay) and Sebastian Polly (Hogan Lovells). The panel was introduced by an inspiring keynote on the same topic held by Patrick Ayad.
The road towards Autonomous Vehicles by Hogan Lovells
With Welmoed Neijmeijer, Head of Licensing & Head of Public Policy, Rentals at Bolt, she was the first female keynote speaker who made waves during her speech. She explained in a very illuminating way, how the city is an example of the “sharing paradox”: the urban sharing mobility options grow, but so does private car ownership, following-up on Jelbi’s presentation earlier.
Modal Shift: How to support sustainable mobility choices? by Bolt
To delve into this urban challenge and to propose an alternative to it, Bolt partnered up with TØI. They were able to prove that a multimodal app can actively influence mobility choices of people and reduce car usage, which ultimately makes the city a better place to live in.
Before the afternoon coffee break, the audience listened to the high-profile Jumio panel. Sebastian Philipp from Futurice, Harald Grassl from Jumio, and Nitin Maslekar from MILES Mobility discussed the need and challenge of businesses to balance compliance with user experience. How are the two compatible? For instance, companies that are involved in the renting of cars, scooters and other vehicles, they have to be sure not only to comply with local regulations but also to verify correctly the identities of their customers, e.g. before handing over the keys of a rental car, in order to detect potential fraud in advance. Simultaneously, making the whole user experience as smooth as possible is crucial.
Identity in mobility ecosystems – balancing compliance with the user experience by Jumio
Agostino De Angelis, who’s in Marketing & Communication at Vaimoo in Italy, followed-up with the latest market trends in the domain of electric micro mobility: Sharing is the most effective, efficient and inclusive solution to cover the first and last mile, and is thus relieving citizens from traffic jams, parking problems and risks of private vehicle thefts. He presented the multimodal integrated approach from the perspective of Vaimoo sharing insightful data, experiences and findings.
E-bikes & urban mobility: when sharing and public transport meet by Vaimoo
To finish the long yet enriching day at The Drivery, Ties van Dijk, Strategic Manager & Business Model Innovator, and Piet Deschuymer, Business Unit Manager Digital Products and Services, both at Shimano, presented their company to the audience in an interactive way, while explaining the functions and model. The two experts from Belgium and the Netherlands presented the role of Shimano as a bike hardware manufacturer, helping cities and logistic operators to accelerate the transition to greener modes of transport.
How can Shimano help cities and logistics operators to accelerate the transition from cars/vans to greener types of transport? by Shimano
Jens-Philipp Klein, General Partner at rethink Mobility, held a brief and casual keynote during the cocktail-networking. He presented his young Venture Capital group to the audience, anticipating and discussing “The next 10 years in mobility tech”. His and his colleague Matthias Schanze’s goal is to invest in emission-free transportation, sustainable and liveable cities and in a clean and digital future of autonomy. Summarised in one sentence: “It’s time to rethink Mobility.”
The Berlin City Summit convinced its attendees (apart from the high-profile and high-quality programme and the stunning venue in the Ullsteinhaus), that there were considerable opportunities to network in a professional yet relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with a Fritz-Limo in one hand and a feel-good-snack in the other.
The feedback we received was very positive and encouraging – so much, that we couldn’t help but turn the Berlin City Summit into an annual event! We are very excited and proud to announce that we’ll be welcoming you again at The Drivery on May 24-25, 2023!
Meanwhile, don’t miss the first Autonomy London City Summit on October 12, 2022, at the Southbank Center, focusing on Autonomous Vehicles. Stay tuned!
Last, but not least: On March 22-23, 2023, the next edition of Autonomy Paris will be back! Don’t miss it – early bird offers for exhibitors are already available. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon again in our hometown!
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Autonomy Team if you have any questions or if you’d like to get involved either for a City Summit or for Autonomy Paris 2023 – we’re here for you.
Each City Summit is held in an iconic venue that is fit-for-purpose and showcases the city’s unique charm. The Berlin Autonomy City Summit will be held on May 5th, 2022, at The Drivery, in a historic Ullsteinhaus, which now hosts 120 of Europe’s fastest growing mobility startups and boasts 10,000 square meters dedicated to the future of mobility. It offers easy access to a large network of mobility innovators as well as to optimized workspace and infrastructure.
The Drivery’s goal is to maximize synergies in its ecosystem of members, which coincides with the one of Autonomy to achieve a match-making between cities and their needs, and partners in our network and their solutions. This is why the Berlin City Summit will be held at the best suitable place in Berlin – at The Drivery, the place where the future of sustainable urban mobility is accelerated.