Digitalisation and sport in the city of the future

Article posted on 20.11.2018

Potential, ideas and projects around sport, exercise and health in the digital city of tomorrow – this was the theme at the heart of the conference URBAN.SPORT, which took place in Berlin on 19/20 November 2018. Local authority decision makers and shapers, and holders of responsible positions in the worlds of politics and administration, sports and the sports industry, science and research, and IT and the digital economy, were invited to follow the presentations, panels and sessions, actively discuss them and contribute their own thoughts. On both days more than 200 participants took up this opportunity on the premises of the GLS Campus in Berlin.

Keynotes were delivered by Professor Fiona Bull (World Health Organization, WHO), Professor Willem van Mechelen (VU University Medical Center Amsterdam), Professor Sylvia Titze (University of Graz) and Professor Petra Wagner (Leipzig University). The key topics of the conference were addressed and examined in more depth in 8 sessions, including health promotion, the development of sport in clubs, urban development, digitalisation and sport, promoting exercise and a discussion of international developments and perspectives, presented among others by the President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, Dr Uri Schaefer.

The conference was organised by the Senate Department for the Interior and Sport of the Federal State of Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität Berlin and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, represented by the Educational Technology Lab, which was also represented on the conference advisory board by the Scientific Director of the EdTec Lab, Professor Christoph Igel. Further information about the event, including the video documentation of the keynotes and panels, and sketch notes on the key topics of the conference, is available on the website.