Mike Letzgus is an Architect and UrbanSystems researcher working at Fraunhofer IAO in the Competence Centre „Smart Urban Environments“. In this position he coordinates the Network „FutureCitiesBW“: a network of cities, communities and industry partners from the field of smart citiy technologies from the state of Baden-Württemberg. The networks goal is to promote smart city solutions and Best Practice examples from Baden-Württemberg and explore the key markets China, Brazil, INdia, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Besides his network activities his research focus is on new planning methods and models for the complex challenges our cities are facing. On this mission he works together with local stakeholders from industry, municipality and research to establish an integrated urban development strategy and implement innovative projects at the interface of multiple urban sectors.