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About Us

Our purpose

To drive the change for a better urban life through innovation with and for cities.


BABLE was established in 2017 as a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Research Society, Europe’s largest applied research institution, and stems from 8+ years of pilots testing of Smart City solutions and approaches from all over Europe.

Our platform and services build strongly on the knowledge gained as part of the research done in the international Morgenstadt Innovation Network –
a large community of cities, companies and research institutes. 

BABLE is a neutral facilitator between the public and private sectors, driving the change for better urban life with innovation and smart technologies
by providing high-quality information and services to support implementation of smart city solutions.

How we do it exactly:  

More and more innovations are making their way into our cities and our lives, at a faster pace and in shorter cycles. However, only 10-23% of urban innovation projects are successful and many of them fail to scale up from their pilot phases. 

Create sound strategies and innovative responses to complex urban problems with our team of experts, while leveraging our European network:  

For cities:

  • Smart City Strategy 
  • Project Roadmaps for cities and regions 
  • Digitalisation Strategies 
  • Smart districts and living labs 
  • Innovation ecosystems and smart specialisation strategies  
  • Digitalisation and e-government 
  • Implementation and scale-up 

For companies:

  • Agile go-to market strategies  
  • Use Case definition and packaging  
  • Partner building and matchmaking Implementation and scale-up

In response to the speed of innovation and the challenges it brings, both governments and businesses are increasingly seeking to build capabilities to drive organisational change. In particular, 90% of municipalities see a need for additional training of their staff to develop those skills.

Empower your organisation to deliver transformational projects and build upon the collective knowledge of your team through our engaging workshops and trainings: 

  • Smart City Officer Certification 
  • In-house training 
  • Smart City Bootcamp  
  • Coaching, training and ideation workshops 

The fragmentation and scattered knowledge of the Smart City market creates a need for a common and open go-to-point where ideas and implementations can flourish. The BABLE platform offers a space for Smart City leaders and practitioners to get inspiration, collaborate, and co-create tools for successful delivery of urban innovation projects. 

Showcase your expertise, find partners and co-create through our platform-based services and product development capabilities: 

  • Unique linking functionality: Use Cases, Solutions and Products  
  • Connect: Cities, Companies and Projects 
  • Ability to add own tools into BABLE Toolbox 
  • Co-development of tools for cities 
  • Development of own local platforms to spur local innovation 


active countries
partners and projects
*90% in Europe


individuals trained in 4 years


ISO / DIN Standards & Frameworks
used in our work


(Entrance), UCL, CARNET, Fraunhofer, TÜV Süd, Belfast, Leipzig, EIB, Würzburg, Wilhelmshaven, Bielefeld, Espoo, Reykjavik, Kladno, Maia, Lviv, Kifissia, Turkish National Government, Bosch, Liverpool, Stockholm, Barcelona, Manchester, Eindhoven, Ludwigsburg, Turku, Fujitsu 


We are powered by a unique and diverse group of committed, passionate people from various scientific and academic fields and backgrounds. We are a non-hierarchical team that values camaraderie and intrapreneurship. 

Find out more about us by visiting our Team Page.  

Get in touch with us about our services and offers (link to Services page). 

  • BABLE Smart City Training   

  • BABLE Smart City Platform & Community 

  • BABLE Expert Consultancy 

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