About the Project

The Future of My City

As part of the Year of German-American Friendship (Deutschlandjahr USA), The Future of My City brings together students from the Ruhr Area in Germany and students from the American Rust Belt to share their ideas on the future of their cities and regions.

The main component of the project consists of an online learning platform where students from Germany and the U.S. meet in order to work together in teams. Students work on topics related to the economic, urban and social development of their city while consulting with experts to get actively involved in planning the future of their respective geographical region.

While the project participants can choose a topic to work on from the pre-defined research overview, students and experts are also invited to submit proposals of new topics that are not included in the list.

The goal of the project is to give students room to create innovative solutions to problems that are challenging their respective region. Project teams are accompanied by experts of various related fields through ongoing mentoring and project support.

Ultimately, the two most innovative projects - one from the U.S. and one from Germany - will be selected by a jury of experts and awarded with a team trip to Germany’s Ruhr Area and the Rust Belt region respectively. During their trips to Germany and the U.S., the winning teams will be invited to present their projects and gain first-hand insights into how regions other than their own confront urban development challenges. These trips to the Ruhr cities and the Rust Belt region will be the highlight of the “Deutschlandjahr.”


October 2018: Official launch of The Future of My City
January 28, 2019: Registration deadline for experts and students and deadline for submission of further topics
May 31, 2019: Project submission deadline and final presentations by students
June 2019: Announcement of the winning teams
July-October 2019: Trip to the Ruhr area and the Rust Belt region by winning teams


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