ICE Labs: Sound for New Urban Environments in Mannheim

Sweden, Stockholm – 02-12-2020 ( —

First time in Mannheim: Industry Commons Ecosystem Labs

From April 3 to 7, STARTUP Mannheim will present the Industry Commons Ecosystems Labs developed by internationally renowned innovators Michela Magas (Woman Innovator of the Year 2017 of the European Union) and Andrew Dubber (Director of Music Tech Fest). The ICE Labs are an interdisciplinary five-day immersive, hands-on innovation expert laboratory responding to grand challenges on the topic of “Sound Design for New Urban Environments”. ICE Labs Mannheim will bring together international innovators and representatives from local and regional innovation ecosystems from the fields of music, culture, design, technology, urban and real estate development, neuroscience and healthcare, as well as robotics and data processing.Key questions will be: 

  • What will the city of the future sound like? 
  • What role does sound and / or music play in public spaces? 
  • How can sound positively affect our well-being and health? 
  • How can sound be used in security and instil a sense of trust? 
  • What role does sound play in smart city IoT applications and self-driving vehicles? 
  • What will the mobility of the future sound like? 
  • How can sound and music data be managed through decentralised systems? 
  • How could auditory route guidance systems work in the city? 
  • What are new ways of regulating noise emissions at open air, live music or club events? 
  • How can sound be used for the common good? 

These are just some of the possible questions that the innovators will deal with at the interface of robotics, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and blockchain.”The topic of sound and music in public space is diverse and has so far been largely left  in urban development,” says Dr Peter Kurz, Mayor of the City of Mannheim. “The Industry Commons Ecosystems Labs offer an excellent opportunity to let experts from the existing clusters in Mannheim enter into an intensive dialogue and to explore innovation potentials in the area of ??sounds in urban space across disciplinary boundaries,” Dr Kurz continued.During the five-day workshop, which will also be attended by numerous local, regional and international stakeholders from the areas mentioned, field research will be carried out in the area of ??urban sounds. Furthermore, specific prototypes will be created, which will be presented to the public as part of an immersive performance at the end of the workshop.”The ICE Labs Mannheim tackle a large new area of research which is about to explode in the space of cross-domain collaboration between cities, industry and civil society,” says Michela Magas, who will lead the lab together with Vahakn Matossian of Human Instruments. “The City of Mannheim is in a unique position to design and set standards for new sound for urban environments, with its successful Startup Mannheim cluster for creative industries, the music academy, design faculty, support from local businesses and one of the most progressive city governments in Europe.””We aim to continue developing the topic of urban / industrial sound design for the UNESCO City of Music Mannheim in the future,” says Christian Sommer, managing director of STARTUP Mannheim. “We see an enormous innovation potential in the joint work on this interdisciplinary field of and we are convinced that Mannheim can also distinguish itself as a pioneer here.”Another special feature of this open innovation process is that all copyright generated remains with its respective creator. In this way, a productive and effective process can be guaranteed and prototypes developed in cooperation with the originators can be tested and potentially brought to market. Photo: Hubert Berberich

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