CoreNet Global Summit, Shanghai 2017
Shanghai | 21-23 March 2017 | Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai

Smart Cities: Beyond Technology

22 March 2017 | 15:00 - 16:00

Smart Cities: Beyond Technology

When you think of what a Smart City is, the natural inclination would be to imagine driverless cars whizzing through streets, bike sharing schemes, talking fridges, and the use of Big Data as big brother. Such a utopian (or dystopian) vision is largely based on technology - specifically information and communication technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and imagines a future where lives are made easier and more productive – thanks to technology. However, amongst all the talk of technological innovations in Smart Cities, it is easy to overlook the important roles governance, culture and community engagement plays in enabling smart practices to take place. Furthermore, as the needs of city dwellers around the world vary, so too do definitions of what makes a Smart City. In this session, Prof Pomeroy considers different case studies from around the world - investigating their unique characteristics, and ultimately asking whether such environments really enhance our daily lives. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Examine key characteristics of Smart Cities.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of challenges of becoming a Smart City.
  • Examine the roles that governance, culture and community engagement play in enabling smart practices to take place.