Day #4, The Good Idea Jam
Jakarta and Berlin are marking their 25th Sister City Partnership Anniversary. To celebrate the event, Jakarta Provincial Government with Jakarta Smart City and the Government of the City-State Berlin with StartUp AsiaBerlin are working on innovative solutions for their city’s challenges through THE GOOD IDEA JAM.
This collaborative ideation day took place at Jakarta City Hall and aimed to forge stronger ties between partners in Germany and Indonesia, to boost the exchange of ideas between business, and to develop feasible Smart City solutions. Participants had the opportunity to gain access to important networks of government officials, entrepreneurs and potential partners in order to work on concrete, implementable and powerful concepts to resolve city challenges. Covered topics included Smart City, Urban Mobility and Urban Environment.
The Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, emphasized the importance of Jakarta-Berlin cooperation and the relevance of the event to share ideas and find solutions to problems in Jakarta. ”Jakarta and Berlin, we both face challenges. The challenges may not be the same. But I think by joining forces we can manage the challenges better. We both are growing cities. We both are facing dynamic challenges. We like to find solutions that are new, that is breakthrough,” said Governor Anies during the opening of the event. Also present, was the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor-Leste, Peter Schoof.
Since the beginning of the partnership in 1993, Jakarta and Berlin have focused primarily on culture and sports. In 2016, the focus has shifted to connecting their startup ecosystems. Through the programme “Experts for municipal partnerships worldwide” by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), an integrated expert from Berlin has been posted at Jakarta Provincial Government in 2019 to support the partnership. This joint activity initiated by both Jakarta and Berlin is supported by German development cooperation.