Hello Europe! Even though the pandemic is still very much present in our everyday lives, DCEx is making constant progress. We had numerous digital work meetings over the last months. Defying travel restrictions, actual Covid infections and all sorts of setbacks, this year will see the finalization of our curriculum, the roll-out of our e-learning platform, four multiplier events („Smart City Bootcamps“) in four countries, another Summer School and hopefully some more real-life project meetings. Because, although we do master the challenges of fully digital work, all of us are missing the personal contacts across national borders.

Also, we are glad to welcome two new members in our project team: Klara Bäckström and Greta Vignali have joined Future Place Leadership of Sweden and will from now on be participating in the DCEx adventure.

Please stay tuned for the Smart City Bootcamps in Tampere, Ancona, Hallein and Heidenheim, which will certainly be this years‘ highlights, from a DCEx perspective. We will keep you informed.

(Pictured: Sheep in Heidenheim waiting for spring to arrive, March 2022. Photo J. Röder)