Planning for this event began with the return of Dr. Benjamin Seibel, head of our Ideation & Prototyping Lab, from TICTeC@Taipei in September 2017, where he presented BerlinMinecraft as an urban planning tool. While visiting Taipei, he found the perfect contact for our topic: Dr. Chen-Yu Lee, Director of the Taipei Smart City Project Management Office (TPMO), who accepted our invitation and presented as part of the "smart cities - innovative projects in Asia and Berlin" discussion held on April 24. There, Dr. Chen-Yu Lee discussed approaches to smart cities together with Nicolas Zimmer (CEO Technologiestiftung), State Secretary Christian Rickerts (Senate Department for Economic, Energy and Public Enterprises) and Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, head of the National Innovation Agency of Thailand.
An additional “speaker” made of paper was left at the microphone, but he turned out to be an intervention by a group of artists in the context of the APW. Although his contribution was also well-received, he did not take part in the discussion.