Webinar Recording: Empowering Cities

Some of us have a deep understanding of how towns and cities are evolving into better connected societies, while others are still looking at what role they can play in this new world.


Empowering Cities Report
Empowering Cities Report

What is obvious though is that digital technologies are the lifeblood of today’s cities. As more and more sensors and smart devices join smart urban networks, and as analytics facilitates interpretation of the data these sensors collect. Elected officials and city administrators can now gain an unparalleled understanding of the infrastructure and services of their city.

Join Sarah Murray, a writer on business, society and the environment for the Economist as she moderates our way through this webinar alongside Susanne Seitinger - a specialist in smart cities from Philips Lighting. They talk about how citizens and businesses in 12 diverse cities around the world envision the benefits of smart cities and engage with webinar participants throughout the session.


In this webinar explored:


- The differing opinions between what citizens and business expect from digital technologies
- The areas where citizens are willing to share data to improve city services
- The growing interest from citizens in shaping the city and how to harness it
- How private sector partnerships are advancing smart cities
- What Mayors of cities around the world think of citizen engagement


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Susanne Seitinger is Global Sub-segment Manager for Parks and Plazas/Open Spaces in Professional Systems at Philips Lighting and is responsible for leading the strategy around the impact of programmable LED lighting elements to create safe, inviting and responsive urban environments.


Her combined background in architecture, urban planning and human-computer interaction is comprised of research and design projects like the Digital Mile in Zaragoza, Spain and Urban Pixels, wireless LED pixels for ad-hoc media facades. LightBridge, a project in honor of MIT’s 150th anniversary in Cambridge, Massachusetts, used new configurations of low-resolution displays and sensor-activated urban screens to showcase the potential of responsive infrastructures in future urban lighting plans.

Sarah Murray is a writer on business, society and the environment. A longtime Financial Times contributor and former FT staff journalist, she is also a regular contributing author for the Economist Group. She writes research reports for universities, foundations and others and posts for the Influencer site of LinkedIn.