Copenhagen Solutions Lab

What We Do


Copenhagen, like many other large cities, suffers from massive problems with congestion and flash floods; this and the ambitious climate targets are reasons for the need to rethink how the city’s solutions are structured in new smart ways, such as the utilization of big data and new technologies.

The Copenhagen Solutions Lab will be a new governing body for smart city projects across all sectors in the city and will have focus on creating triple helix partnerships. Copenhagen Solutions Lab will lead the implementation of innovation and smart city development in close collaboration with knowledge institutions and companies as well as citizens. New ITS solutions, reduced carbon emissions, implementation of sensors that create real time data and information on current situations in the city and the build up and architecture of a new ‘Big Data Digital Infrastructure Platform’ that shares data across public and private sectors will all be working focus points within the Lab.




As a modern philanthropist, Realdania is a change agent!

For Realdania, philanthropy is about being socially responsible and accepting the risks that come with being a first mover. Realdania want to initiate and promote ideas and practical solutions in the built environment that have the capacity to drive development and change. Projects that reach beyond “bricks and mortar” to create positive change for people.

As a large member-based organization Realdania seek close collaboration with other civil society organizations and NGO’s as well as key players within the public and private sector in construction and architecture. That gives Realdania the knowledge and the capacity to identify essential challenges in society and respond with projects that create long-term solutions.

The Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) is Denmark’s national centre for the development and dissemination of knowledge about architecture, building and urban development.

The DAC’s core funding is provided by a public-private partnership between Realdania and the Danish government. The government is represented by: the Danish Ministry for Business and Growth, the Danish Ministry of Culture, the Danish Ministry of the Environment, and the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building.

The Technical University of Denmark, DTU, is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe, and continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increase and develop their partnerships with industry, and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy.

Research from DTU spans several areas relevant to smart city development, from research in intelligent traffic systems to climate and energy-efficient green solutions, and students from DTU actively participate in the development of new solutions based on public data, through hackathons and other open events.

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and leading provider of IT consulting and managed services, has been chosen to build a first-of-its-kind Big Data platform for the City of Copenhagen. The integrated platform is expected to establish a city data marketplace for the sale and purchase of data between businesses and is one of the first times public data and private data volunteered by businesses and citizens will be combined. Hitachi Consulting intends to work together with the City of Copenhagen, Capital Region, the Danish cluster organization, CLEAN, and a consortium of alliance partners, to develop this Big Data Platform. 

Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.

Who We Are

Copenhagen Solutions Lab is the City of Copenhagen’s incubator for smart city initiatives. We work cross-departmental with the City’s administration and in partnership with local and international companies and knowledge institutions to create and test new ideas, technologies and solutions to real urban challenges, and create new ways to relate to urban planning and the built environment.

We are always happy to hear from people, who work with or are interested in smart city. Get in touch with us at

Marius Sylvestersen

Marius fotoMarius is the manager of Copenhagen Solutions Lab. He has  been working with the development and positioning of Denmark as a leading provider of smart city solutions since the country hosted the UN Climate Change Conference in 2009. Marius has a background in social science and has published books, articles and opinion pieces on subjects such as green economy, place branding and public private partnership.

In Copenhagen Solutions Lab Marius is responsible for program management, strategy development and partnerships.

Get in touch with Marius on and +45 21 93 65 20.

Rikke Gram-Hansen

Rikke fotoRikke is the project leader of Street Lab, the City of Copenhagen’s public-private innovation partnership with Cisco, TDC and Citelum, to create a living laboratory for testing and developing new digital solutions to urban challenges in the heart of Copenhagen. Rikke has worked with open data since 2008, to increase the innovative use and reuse of public data, enhance transparency and growth – and now she strives to employ her knowledge of data, digital infrastructure, internet of things and smart city in a sustainable, intelligent and responsible urban planning in Copenhagen.

Rikke has a background in philosophy and urban studies, and has a great interest in how digital technologies and data affect the city and its citizens and how this dynamic can be actively used in urban planning. She is an inspiring and engaged speaker on the future city.

Get in touch with Rikke on and +45 51 81 07 23.

Frans la Cour

Frans fotoFrans is responsible for technical and data issues in Copenhagen Soultions Lab. Frans comes from a project management and Big Data background in private sector consulting. Frans has an engineering background and has done training and consultancy for more than 20 years.

Frans is responsible for the Copenhagen Municipalitys open data platform and the Copenhagen Municipalitys stake in the national open data platform

Get in touch with Frans on and +45 40 72 72 33

Rasmus Bertelsen

fotoRasmus is working with the development of Street Lab and collaboration between national and international living labs. He has experience from both the private and public sector with urban development and all aspects of smart cities including policy, strategy, project development & management as well as stakeholder management and partnerships. Rasmus has a background in Philosophy and Human-Computer Interaction.

Get in touch with Rasmus at or +45 61 68 68 50.

Cecilie Ena Pedersen

Cecilie fotoCecilie is the Danish Project Manager of the EU Horizon 2020 Project SELECT for Cities, which aims to create large-scale Internet of Everything Labs across European cities. Cecilie has a background in international business development and innovation from the corporate sector and the tech startup scene, and she has a strong interest in how technologies can be used to make the cities smarter and more sustainable.

Get in touch with Cecilie on and +45 23 62 05 36

Tina Hjøllund

Tina is an experienced project manager and has worked with energy and environmental issues with a focus on citizen participation for more than 20 years. The last four years she has been working on smart city projects in the City of Copenhagen.  She has been project lead of smart urban lab in Nordhavn in the EU-project Transform (2012-15). She has great experience with cooperation with private partners and academia.  She has hold the position as Head of energy consultant department and worked with marketing and communication in Greater Copenhagen Utility (HOFOR).

Background: IPMA level C certified, ​IAA Diploma market communication, Bachelor of commerce in marketing and Bachelor of nutrition and health.

Tina works together with Hitachi on the City Data Exchange and the EU-project Select for cities together with Helsinki and Antwerpen.

Get in touch with Tina on and +45 20 29 14 08

Kim Spiegelberg Stelzer

Kim fotoKim has a background with Urban development in Denmark and Urban Management in the Netherlands. The last four years he has worked with smart city strategies and smart city initiatives in Copenhagen. Kim combines his experience from previous jobs in the planning department for the inner city of Copenhagen and the department for digitalisation into tranforming the smart city visions and strategies of Copenhagen into real solutions.

Kim coordinates the smart city initiatives in the smart city project board.  The citys seven administrations and various living labs are represented.

He also works on conferences, privacy issues and other smart city projects

Get in touch with Kim on and + 45 26 11 28 34

Sara Hertz Gufler

sara_squareSara is the student assistant of Copenhagen Solutions Lab – so she makes a mean coffee in the office. She is also responsible for writing about Copenhagen Solutions Lab’s activities, facilitating meetings and workshops as well as answering enquiries and other ad hoc tasks.

Currently, she is enrolled in a masters program of Digital Innovation and Management at the IT University of Copenhagen. Sara has a background in Techno-Anthropology (Technology and Anthropology).

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  • Address: Copenhagen Solutions Lab
    Fæstningens Materielgård / The Fortress’ Equipmentbuilding
    Frederiksholms Kanal 30
    1220 Copenhagen
  • Phone (Marius Sylvestersen, Program Manager): +45 2193 6520
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