The WeDC Campaign is Washington, DC’s initiative to showcase SmarterDC as the “Capital of Inclusive Innovation” at SXSW. As one of the top digital campaigns at SXSW, DC’s community of innovators and leaders share what makes DC the #1 place to do business. Transcript 0:03 that working in DC it’s very natural 0:06 energy about itself everywhere else 0:08 thank…Read More
/.title Nov 26, 2017 /.title-container The 3rd of December marks the International Day of Persons with Disability and the start of Disability Week 2017. To mark this day, on Friday, 24 November, 2017, Hon. MEP Marlene Mizzi hosted the public conference Accessibility Without Discrimination at the Phoenicia Hotel, supported by the S&D group in the European Parliament. The Malta…Read More
As we’ve previously reported, making our cities smarter and more inclusive will become increasingly important in the next decades.
“Current projections are that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, and with an ageing population comes higher levels of ill-health, impairment and disability.
“Futurists, tech visionaries and urban stakeholders have been talking about ‘smart cities’ for a number of years …and they could transform the lives of those with disabilities,” said Robin Christopherson, AbilityNet’s head of digital inclusion.
But, at a Smart Cities NYC conference in New York last month, there was concern that mobile apps, government services and other smart city tools aren’t properly incorporating the needs of disabled people.Read More
e may have reached peak ‘smart city’. This trend depends on the continued densification of global urban areas and the exponential penetration of the internet into industries that were previously isolated from digitization. To see the peak in person, it’s best to get a glimpse at the Smart Cities World Congress in Barcelona; an event that brings together 17,000 people from around the world including 600 municipal leaders and over 500 international exhibitors.
At Urban-X, we see a new model for engineering the city as a service emerging; one in which top-down planning meets with bottoms-up participation and design that integrates people, businesses, buildings and other infrastructure. Open data and platforms that encourage creativity and economic vitality are a defining characteristic of the cities we want to live in.
The key to facing the climate crisis, security vulnerabilities and rapid urbanization is real citizen engagement and collaboration between the public and private sector. Startups have an important role to play, but the true economic potential of this space won’t be fully unlocked until we get good policy change and business model innovation from large companies.
Here are ten key takeaways from the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona that inform our path forward:Read More
When: Thursday 1st February 2018 Where: Stamford Bridge, London Across the UK we are seeing more and more examples of smart city transformation. Key ‘smart’ sectors utilised by such Cities include transport, energy, health care, water and waste. Against the current background of economic, social, security and technological changes caused by the globalization and the integration process, cities in the…Read More
A unit of Google’s parent company, devoted to urban innovation, has signed a deal to map out a new kind of neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront that could demonstrate how data-driven technology can improve the quality of city life. This is the first such project for Alphabet, and for Sidewalk Labs. If the initiative proceeds, it would include at least 3.3 million square feet of residential, office and commercial space, including a new headquarters for Google Canada, in a district that would be a test bed for the combination of technology and urbanismRead More
From November 14 to 16 it’s again all smart cities in Barcelona at the occasion of the 2017 edition of Smart City Expo World Congress where people empowerment, active citizen participation and even participative democracy are omnipresent.Smart cities need informed, aware and empowered citizens with active citizen participationRead More
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…Read More
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…Read More
When we say inclusive mobility, it sounds fairly straightforward: access to affordable transportation for everyone. Providing equitable mobility for everyone might not be easy, but it’s essential if we’re all to have the opportunities to improve our quality of life. Read our story from Smart Cities Week to learn more. Source: Smart Cities Council | Yes, we DO need to…Read More
See what Darren Bates will be attending and learn more about the event taking place Oct 9 – 13, 2017 in Austin, TX. Source: Darren Bates – Austin Startup WeekRead More
About Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council, launched the “My Community – A City for Everyone” initiative in November 2013, which aims to fully transform Dubai into a disabled-friendly city by 2020. To achieve this objective, the Dubai Code is being established…Read More
Digital Inclusion Events 2017 Source: Digital Inclusion EventsRead More
When it comes to meeting citizens’ needs, things have never been harder for cities. But they’ve also never been easier to address with technology.The pressures are unprecedented. With mass urbanization, cities face an ever-increasing demand for services. And people not only want 24/7 access to convenient citizen services, they want to be part of the services that govern them—they expect…Read More
W4A continues to be a premiere venue for accessibility research, and we welcome submissions in any of our traditional core areas. This year we especially encourage encourage submissions in the growing and important area of Internet of Things.Devices are becoming pervasive, smarter and more connected. Everything from our thermostats and smart watches, to our cars and in-home assistants either has…Read More
About Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology Summit QatarFuture Accessibility Summit Qatar will support recent initiatives launched by the Qatari Government which aim to fully transform Qatar into a leading disabled-friendly city by 2020, through ambitious initiatives designed to maximise participation and inclusion of all Qatari citizens in achieving a fully integrated society…Read More
Engaging community and key stakeholders to ensure useful technology investment and solid ROI are key to making smart city projects a success. Source: Smart Cities Week 2017: How 4 IT Leaders Made Effective Smart City Infrastructure Possible | StateTech MagazineRead More
14-16 NOVEMBER 2017 BARCELONAGRAN VIA VENUE Source: Smart City Expo World Congress | Projects and Urban Solutionshome-2017Read More
September 26th – 28th 2017 Conference Nordic Edge Expo – the largest smart city event in the Nordics.Stavanger, September 26th-28th 2017 Source: Nordic Edge Expo | Smarter cities – smarter societiesRead More
The Third International Conference on Universal Accessibility in the Internet of Things and Smart Environments SMART ACCESSIBILITY 2018 Source: SMART ACCESSIBILITY 2018Read More