City of Dortmund

Dortmund is home to many cultural and educational institutions, including the TU Dortmund University and Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, International School of Management and other educational, cultural and administrative facilities with over 55,000 students, many museums, such as Museum Ostwall, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, German Football Museum, as well as theatres and music venues like the Konzerthaus or the opera house of Dortmund.

The city is known as Westphalia's "green metropolis". Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces with spacious parks such as Westfalenpark and Rombergpark.

This stands in a stark contrast with nearly a hundred years of extensive coal mining and steel milling within the city limits. Dortmund is home to Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, commonly known as Borussia Dortmund , a successful club in German football.

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Port of Dortmund
Systematic Logistics

The Port of Dortmund – the largest canal port in Europe, situated conveniently in its center and equipped with a good traffic infrastructure – is an industrial and logistics location of international importance.

The cooperation of the Dortmunder Hafen AG with its associated companies Container Terminal Dortmund and Dortmunder Eisenbahn in combination with the forwarding and transshipment agencies located in the port area guarantee a high competence in the transport of bulk commodities, general cargo and containers.

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The port of dortmund
Dortmund Nano Center

Center for micro
and nanotechnology

Infrastructure and start-up support. The way from the idea to the marketable product.

Product developments in the field of micro and nano technology require complex processes for prototyping and coreespondingly high investments in technological equipment. As the first competence centre in Europe, MST.factory dortmund offers entrepreneurs and technology firms a professional technological infrastructure with a restrictive focus on micro and nanotechnology.

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Fire Department Institute
of Fire Service and
Rescue Technology (IFR)

IFR is part of the Fire Department Dortmund and by this guarantees the practical relevance of the research activities.

Since 2001 the Fire Department Dortmund / IFR is participating in research projects with a practice-oriented approach together with enterprises, research institutions and universities in Germany and Europe. The research projects are funded e.g. by the European Union and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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The Fire Department Dortmund


As one of the leading technology centers in Germany the TZDO functions as a magnet and a contact center for ground-breaking technologies.

For a long time now the TZDO and the adjoining TechnologyParkDortmund have been widely recognized as prominent addresses for technology-orientated businesses and startups. Over the years 300 business companies employing more than 10.000 people have relocated here. As one of the leading technology centers in Germany the TZDO functions as a magnet and a contact center for ground-breaking technologies. The TZDO has become an important initiator, pioneer and symbol of the structural change in the east of the Ruhrgebiet and is a marketing brand mark in North-Rhine Westphalia.

    It is:

  • the link between universities, institutes and companies
  • as communicator in the active communication between science and industry
  • network on local, regional, national and international levels

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Signing of the MoU

Dortmund and Cisco agree on their cooperation:

Cisco Glabal Management Director Amr Salem, Lord Mayor of Dortmund Ullrich Sierau, and General Manager Stefan Schreiber, Industry and Chamber of Commerce to Dortmund signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

June 08th, 2017

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The signing of the MOU

Project “nordwärts“

The nordwärts brochure

The “nordwärts“ project is a 10-year structure project. In this project, based on the involvement and commitment of civil society, a development strategy is being devised for the northern districts of the city of Dortmund. The smart city is part of “nordwärts“.

Citizens, stakeholders, politics and the city’s administration have joined up to discuss ideas and to cultivate needs-oriented projects which are suitable for developing the local area covered by the “nordwärts“ project for the good of the whole city.

The strengths of the administration and the whole of the city’s civil society are being brought together to give the project area innovative impetus.

The project has ensured that many people participate in the main “nordwärts“ project, and in the development of innovative and transferable sub-projects.

Project Tours

Smart Service Power

Smart Service Power PDF

The goal of the Smart Service Power project is the intelligent digitalization and linking of the different data sources in order to support the age-appropriate technology-supported housing in the neighborhood.

Tours to Smart City
Dortmund Competence Centers

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Experience the future today. Have a look for yourself to see what the smart city of tomorrow can provide and benefit to you. Here you can see what our smart city tour will include. We are looking forward to welcome you here in dortmund.

Smart City Dortmund Tour

The day will start with a good breakfast and a quick introduction. Then you will visit several interesting locations in dortmund, which make it a smart city:

  • Introduction: What is smart city and how can you benefit from it
  • Visiting of various competence centers in dortmund
  • Showcase: smart city examples, such as the smart road system

Lunch / Break

  • Visiting the TZDO in dortmund
  • Use cases for civil defence events
  • Completion of the tour

Discussion table afterwards and optional afternoon / evening dinner for all participants.

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The Future of Smart City

Here you can see a Video about Dortmund's 'Masterplan for Energy Transition' where we got awarded for the "Eurocities Awards" in 2014.
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