In June 2019, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg became the first German city to join the global Fab Cities initiative, which already includes 34 cities or regions worldwide. The aim of the initiative is to align urban economies with networked digital manufacturing so that they can produce more and more of what they consume themselves.
By 2054, this process should be so advanced that fab cities will only import and export data – and have achieved a fully sustainable data-based circular economy in their urban area. Hamburg’s Fab City community institutionalized itself in October 2020 in the Fab City Hamburg e.V. association. The 13 founding members of Fab City Hamburg e.V. are:
The Fab City Hamburg project is supported by the Hamburg Ministry of Economics and Innovation.