Oliver Rack

Unit Lead for Open Government and Helix Innovation at the Mayor´s Office, City of Heidelberg


Oliver Rack has been working as a project developer and policy consultant for open government, administrative innovation and digitization since 2010. In Germany, he is an early and central player in the field of open government to strengthen the innovative capacity and resilience of the state and commons - especially with regard to smart and sustainable urban development, open infrastructures as well as organisational development and competence building. He works for the Politics for Tomorrow network and the Open Government Network as part of the German government's Open Government Partnership process. At the city of Heidelberg he is responsible for co-creation and open government and in the regional development of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region he is project developer in the field of intelligent networks.

Oliver Rack develops trans-sectoral projects and strategies for co-creative collaboration. These include in particular scouting, research, mapping and the horizontal and vertical networking of stakeholders and competencies and the intermediary of processes, synergies and political interests. He builds bridges in spaces of knowledge and opportunity and acquires funding instruments.
He wants to help to make state structures, especially public administration, an open operating system - for system security, more innovation dynamics and a balanced governmentality. Public administration has commons in the DNA and must be strengthened as a role model against the background of social and technological transformations.

Prior to this, Oliver Rack worked as a certified journalist in print and TV for 15 years. He is a Fellow of the Competence Center for the Cultural and Creative Industries of the Federal Government and, in cooperation with the OGN, is promoting and researching the potential for innovation in the cooperation between the creative sphere and public administration within the framework of "NextGov - Creative Bureaucracy". He is a member of the Internet of Things Council, initiator and partner of the "EUTOPIA" project sponsored by the German National Committee for the Protection of Cultural Heritage for the Mannheim Multihalle, initiator and partner of the BMVI-funded research project "XPress" for the development of an intelligent mobility and culture platform based on open data in the cultural sector, tourism and public transport sector and initiator and project developer of the Heidelberg Hürdenlos Mobil project funded by the Baden-Württemberg initiative digital@bw for route planning of accessibility on the basis of open data, included therein by citizens. He is also committed to open data infrastructures, in particular to the supranational monitoring of the UN sustainability goals and to the transparency of funding.