People-Centric Smart Cities: 5 Ways Tech Can Support Better Urban Living

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What are smart cities? While there isn’t a standard definition, consensus is growing around the idea that smart cities utilize technology to foster green development, innovation, and new forms of citizen participation. Smart cities currently enjoy a strong positive image, with 89.6 percent of the population in ten U.S. and Canadian cities in favor of smart city development. Globally, smart…

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Inclusive Smart Cities: a European Manifesto on Citizen Engagement | EIP – Smart Cities and Communities Market Place


  Source: Inclusive Smart Cities: a European Manifesto on Citizen Engagement | EIP – Smart Cities and Communities Market Place

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Smart Cities put People First – Enterra Solutions


Although technology is essential to the smart cities movement, the focus should always be on how to make urban living better for people. Source: Smart Cities put People First – Enterra Solutions

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Self-Driving Cars Could Transform Travel for People With Disabilities | The Mighty

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Karin Willison discusses how the emerging self-driving car industry will impact people with disabilities, increasing opportunities for employment and community participation. Source: Self-Driving Cars Could Transform Travel for People With Disabilities | The Mighty

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Plan Your Smart City Accessible Procurement Strategy

The UK must lead the way in accessible smart cities, says CIBES Lift UK’s Gary Sullivan – Smart Cities World

Plan Your Procurement Strategy Once you secure executive buy-in for an accessible ICT procurement program, your planning can begin. This section of Buy IT! offers background on the following key steps in shaping a procurement strategy: Define Your Target Users Determine Your Technical Standards for Accessibility Define Your Purchasing Needs Assemble and Educate Your Purchasing Team Develop Procurement Policies for Accessibility Define Your Target Users When…

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Smart City Dubai and AccessAbilities Expo 2017

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  AccessAbilities Expo 2017 starts tomorrow Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, AccessAbilities Expo, the Middle East’s largest expo for people of disabilities, will start tomorrow (November 7) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition…

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Standards and the Smart City

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Undergirding all of the promising services that figure to play prominently in tomorrow’s more sustainable, “smart” cities—new economic and governance models, improvements in personal health and public safety, advanced capabilities for traffic, waste and water management, etc.—will be foundational information and communications technologies (ICT) and networking capabilities that are rapidly emerging around the world today. And undergirding augmented reality, cloud…

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San Jose, CA – #SmartCity Vision -Innovation and Inclusion


This is San Jose’s smart city vision, making San Jose the most innovative and inclusive city on the planet by 2020. Source: San Jose, CA – Official Website – Smart City Vision

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Smart City Initiatives in Africa: Policy for INCLUSION

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This year’s theme for World Cities Day, “Innovative Governance, Open Cities,” emphasizes the implementation of the global New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the creation of livable, sustainable cities conducive to inclusive growth and development. Smart cities in particular can be key tools toward achieving these global goals. The International Telecommunication Union defines a smart…

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“What is the city but the people”

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The evidence is clear: we are urban, period. Over 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030, and that number is expected to reach 70 per cent by 2050. Without innovation and global partnerships to support this rapid urbanization, future cities will not be able to support their most vulnerable members. The New Urban Agenda…

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A citizen centric digital city


While nearly every major city holds a 2020 digital city strategy, there is still a major disconnect between strategy and execution. More often than not, cities invest in multi-year digital cities master plans. However, the experience of building thriving digital enterprises reveals that designing a master plan years in advance is simply not feasible. Rather than try to perfectly design…

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Planning Ahead for a Growing Senior Population @planning_guru

I challenge you to take a look at how your communities are serving the growing population of those 65 and up

AJ Fawver, the Planning Director in Amarillo, Texas shares her perspectives on land use, planning, and community development in this series. Learn more about AJ from her GovLove interview. When we are going about the important work of planning and shaping cities, it is important to not oversimplify the group of people we serve.  After all, our population – wherever we…

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2nd Annual Meeting Global Platform for Sustainable Cities


Currently comprised of 27 cities across 11 pilot countries, the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC, supports cities in their efforts to adopt an integrated approach to urban planning and financing. Led by the World Bank and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in collaboration with development partners, the GPSC promotes sustainable development amidst rapid urbanization and works…

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Avoiding Web Accessibility Issues | SYS-CON MEDIA


PROVIDENCE, RI–(Marketwired – November 03, 2017) – As a major landmark in the fight for universal website accessibility, 2018 will usher in new legal regulations to be upheld by any business or organization with an online presence. Since the Department of Justice (DOJ) proposed in 2010 that websites should be considered as “places of public accommodation” as defined under the…

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Disability Visibility Project | @DisVisibility

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About The Disability Visibility Project (DVP)® is an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability media and culture. The DVP is also a community partnership with StoryCorps, a national oral history organization. Our aim is to create disabled media that is intersectional, multi-modal, and accessible. What does the DVP do? Believes that disabled lives are valuable and our narratives belong to us Encourages people with…

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