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The role of government in innovation and smart city planning

The role of government in innovation and smart city planning

Who is going to make innovation happen? Governments or the private sector? Gabe Batstone, CEO, Contextere, an industrial AI company focused on human performance, takes a look.

What role should City Hall play in security innovation?

What role should City Hall play in security innovation?

As cities become smarter, what role should local governments play in security innovation? Telstra’s Tom Homer takes a look.

Smart cities: Are we asking the wrong questions?

Smart cities: Are we asking the wrong questions?

In the rush for smart cities, are we starting with the wrong questions? Amy Barker and Miguel Lira, Urban Control, suggest a different approach.

Waterfront Toronto: Lessons in community engagement

Waterfront Toronto: Lessons in community engagement

Policymakers globally are watching Sidewalk Labs’ Waterfront Toronto project. Blayne Haggart, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brock University, and Natasha Tusikov, Assistant Professor, Criminology, Department of Social Science, York University, Canada, look at the importance of citizen engagement for this smart city scheme and those around the world.

To deliver real change, cities must embrace start-ups

To deliver real change, cities must embrace start-ups

Tim Stone, Venture Partner, at IoT specialist investor, Breed Reply, looks at how cities can better tap the creative power of start-ups.

We examined 885 European cities’ plans to tackle climate change – here’s what we found

We examined 885 European cities’ plans to tackle climate change – here’s what we found

Oliver Heidrich, Senior Researcher in Urban Resource Modelling, Newcastle University, and Diana Reckien, Associate Professor for Climate Change and Urban Inequalities, University of Twente, share their latest research on what cities are doing to tackle climate change and the urgency of the work still to be done.

Smart places must go beyond cities

Smart places must go beyond cities

Many towns and smaller cities are down on their luck. Will technology help them get back up or see them falling further behind? Sarah Wray takes a look

What is actually smart about cities right now?

What is actually smart about cities right now?

Megan Goodwin, Interactive Rights Management digital innovation agency, looks at four key obstacles that need to be overcome before we can achieve truly smart cities.

Breaking the data deadlock

Breaking the data deadlock

Cities have been at something of an impasse with their ability to innovate with data. Sarah Wray looks at how those taking action with bold new initiatives are paving the way for everyone to move ahead.

Smart cities can change the world – if we radically rethink the approach

Smart cities can change the world – if we radically rethink the approach

Tom Goodwin has high hopes for how smart cities could improve our lives. To get there, though, he says we need to think differently, open up and look further ahead.