The United Nations Innovation Technology Accelerator for Cities (UNITAC Hamburg), is a partnership between the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations Office for Information and Communication Technology (OICT), and HafenCity University, a German technical university with a focus on the built environment. 



UNITAC Hamburg supports national and local governments with their digital transition, applying a multi-level governance strategy and helping them build skills and capabilities to develop, procure and effectively use digital technologies in an ethical and inclusive way to make sure that no one is left behind. UNITAC Hamburg is part of the “People-Centered Smart Cities” Flagship program of UN-Habitat, which provides strategic and technical support on digital transformation to national, regional and local governments. The projects and tools developed by UNITAC aim to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and more specifically goal 11: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.



Our vision

Our mission

We believe in the power of well-managed and inclusive digital transformation to achieve urban sustainability. Through an urban technology acceleration approach, our goal is to improve the quality of life in cities, especially for marginalized communities.  Our work is based on in-depth research, a deep understanding of urban challenges and detailed assessments of the needs of local communities. For UNITAC, smart cities need to be people-centered, where technology is applied carefully and strategically to leave no one behind.




Our offer





We analyse and provide technical expertise on urban digital transformation, data strategies and digital governance frameworks. We provide innovative approaches and digital tools on public participation, spatial analysis, mapping, data simulation and visualisation. We provide practical training, knowledge exchange and technical advice.



Our services are delivered through the following modalities


  • Digital transformation readiness assessment
  • Strategic advice on urban digital transformation
  • Development of smart city, data and digital transformation strategies, frameworks and policies
  • Urban data visualization, analysis and scenario planning platform
  • Citizen science, crowdsourcing and participatory data collection
  • Digital public participation toolbox
  • Digitally-enhanced service provision
  • Training for city leaders on people-centered smart cities
  • Technical advice service on digital platforms, tools and approaches
  • Urban Academy