Hamburg’s lord mayor, Olaf Scholz, has repeatedly argued for an engagement of the local government in Smart City experiments in order to ensure that the unavoidably digitalized future is co-shaped with the public good in mind. Digitalization is here considered to be an unavoidable process, which – if properly shaped – offers many opportunities to better achieve the objectives of urban governance. Consequently, multiple departments of Hamburg’s administration engage with commercial partners (in transportation, health etc.) to set up pilot projects. In some fields, like e.g. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Hamburg is even positioned as a future European leader. Besides, Hamburg has since very long been a place where civic initiatives around digital knowledge and participation in urban affairs originated.