German-American Smart Cities Symposium

On April 18, 2023, the GACC South will be hosting the German American Smart City Symposium in Austin, Texas. The symposium will bring important stakeholders together to discuss smart city trends and the expansion of future-oriented urban planning in Texas and beyond. Presentations from both German and American actors will highlight the fast-growing smart city market in both countries.  Additionally, the conference will allow visiting German delegates the chance to present their companies’ innovative smart city solutions to the US market. By fostering open dialogue on smart city technologies in both countries, this symposium will give guests a greater understanding and appreciation of smart city innovations on both sides of the Atlantic.

This event is free of charge and breakfast will be provided. The symposium will be followed by opportunities for networking over a complementary lunch.


9:00 am | Welcome Remarks and Introduction

  • Jasmina Kadi | Membership & Events Coordinator | GACC South

9:10 am | Welcome Remarks

  • Dorothee Mitchell | Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany - Austin

9:15 am | Keynote Speeches

“Smart Cities Germany”

  • Claudia Flügel | Advisor | Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy; Mobility &Transportation Policy

“Smart Cities- The Future of Urban Planning”

  • Junfeng Jiao | Associate Professor & Director Texas Smart Cities | University of Texas at Austin

9:55 am | Coffee Break (~15 minutes)

10:10 am | Block 1: Transportation

“Smart Transportation and Mobility”

  • Jason JonMichael |ASCA Board Chair and Assistant Director- Smart Mobility | City of Austin

Company Presentation - Max Boegl

  • Andreas Rau, Head of Product Management

Company Presentation - BeamNG

  • Sabrina Wee, Business Development Manager

Company Presentation - Baselabs

  • André Uhle, CEO

10:40 am | Panel Discussion Block 1

11:00 am | Block 2: Public Safety

“Smart Safety and Security”

  • Austin Public Safety Commission

Company Presentation - Geutebrueck

  • Terry Ottinger | President and CEO

Company Presentation - Vitronic

  • James Rowe | Senior Sales and Operations Manager

11:25 am | Panel Discussion Block 2

11:45 am | Block 3: Infrastructure

“Constructing a Smart City”

  • Downtown Austin Alliance

Company Presentation - Kewazo

  • Artem Kuchukov | Co-Founder & CEO

Company Presentation - Hauff Technik

  • Tom Fredricks, GM/VP North America Electrical Division

Company Presentation - 2G

  • Emily Robertson | Business Development Team Manager

12:05 pm | Panel Discussion Block 3

12:30 | Closing Remarks

  • Glory Nix | Consultant | GACC South

Catered Lunch + Networking until 2pm



Featured Speakers

Jasmina Kadis | Events and Membership | German American Chambers of Commerce of the Southern U.S.

Dorothee Mitchell | Honorary Consul of Germany in Austin, Texas 

Claudia Flügel | Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; Mobility and Transportation Policy

Junfeng Jiao | University of Texas at Austin

Jason JonMichael | City of Austin, Smart Mobility

Additional information of our participating companies can be found here.

This symposium is a part of the Future-Oriented Urban Planning Delegation trip, taking place in Austin and Houston from April 17-21 2023. The GACC South will welcome a delegation of German SME’s within the Smart City sector. The goal of the trip is to introduce visiting German companies to the market, give them the opportunity to expand their business network through briefings, conferences, B2B meetings, site visits, and discussions with local industry experts. 

This delegation trip is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). Through funding for market entry trips, the BMWK aims to support German companies in their foreign trade activities and expansion of business contacts in the USA.

Technical support and collaboration for the project is provided by the partners below: