Young, motivated urban thinkers are developing IT solutions to make our cities smarter. There are no limits to ideas, but urban planning systems are slow and indignant to change as fast as a young generation of thinkers want to. The smart city is a gift, a chance to transform old and slow systems and structures into a smart future. From Germany, we can learn that urban development schemes have to benefit all in order to win the citizens’ support. In India, a young generation is hungry for smart change, with more policy transparency, public-private partnerships, information services. We are responsible for using this chance.