City Lights

Smart cities are about people – the citizens that live in them and the people leading the way to improve quality of life for residents and visitors.

We go behind the scenes and meet the city employees working to bring smart city strategies to life across the world.

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Featured Stories

City Lights: Laura Robertson-Collins, Climate Champion, Liverpool

City Lights: Laura Robertson-Collins, Climate Champion, Liverpool

Laura Robertson-Collins, Liverpool’s first ’Climate Champion’, talks to SmartCitiesWorld about her new role and its remit.

City Lights: Sabrina Dorsainvil, Director of Civic Design, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston

City Lights: Sabrina Dorsainvil, Director of Civic Design, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston

SmartCitiesWorld finds out more about the role of a civic designer and Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

City Lights: Khal Asfour, Mayor, City of Canterbury Bankstown, New South Wales

City Lights: Khal Asfour, Mayor, City of Canterbury Bankstown, New South Wales

Khal Asfour, Mayor for the City of Canterbury-Bankstown, talks to SmartCitiesWorld about the importance of consulting the community at the start of a smart city journey.

City Lights: Dr Andy Grayland, CISO for the Digital Office, Scottish Local Government

City Lights: Dr Andy Grayland, CISO for the Digital Office, Scottish Local Government

Dr Andy Grayland, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Digital Office, Scottish Local Government, talks to SmartCitiesWorld about his vital role.

City Lights: Gary Brantley: CIO, City of Atlanta

City Lights: Gary Brantley: CIO, City of Atlanta

Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer, City of Atlanta, talks to SmartCitiesWorld about his role in making Atlanta smarter.

City Lights: Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami

City Lights: Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami

Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami, explains what the role entails and why more cities are hiring for this position.

City Lights: Amy Lamé, Night Czar, London

City Lights: Amy Lamé, Night Czar, London

In 2016, London appointed Amy Lamé as its first Night Czar. SmartCitiesWorld talks to Amy about this intriguing job title and its role in the smart city.

City Lights: Alby Bocanegra, New York

City Lights: Alby Bocanegra, New York

Alby Bocanegra, the City of New York’s Interim Chief Technology Officer, talks to Smart Cities World about the challenges of keeping up with new technologies, ensuring equitable smart cities and more.

City Lights: Pirkko Laitinen, Tampere

City Lights: Pirkko Laitinen, Tampere

We talk to Pirkko Laitinen, Smart City Marketing Specialist at the City of Tampere, about the importance of telling the smart city story effectively.

City Lights: Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Forum Virium Helsinki

City Lights: Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Forum Virium Helsinki

Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Director of IoT at Forum Virium Helsinki, tells Smart Cities World about her mission to make Helsinki “the most functional smart city in the world”.
Podcast: Take off your tech goggles, with Ben Green, author of The Smart Enough City

Special Reports

Podcast: Take off your tech goggles, with Ben Green, author of The Smart Enough City

Green offers insights into why technology is not an end in itself and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity.

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