Disrupting cities through technology: an ongoing conversation (WP1449)

The 21st century has been dubbed by many as the era of technology, with new innovations and fresh uses for existing technologies constantly being developed and utilised. These advances can provide ground breaking opportunities in various different sectors and industries.

Over two days we ran an event that brought together young innovators, city governments, academics, and policy professionals brought some clarity to the visions, reasons, and methods for creating smart cities. The forum brought together people who rarely meet to share experiences, expectations and create new collaborations that could improve how we plan smart cities and engage digital citizens.

Steven Adler, Chief Data Strategist, IBM, Port Washington; Oliver Lewis, Visiting Programme Director, Wilton Park; Iñigo de La Serna Hernáiz, Mayor, City of Santander; Graham Fairclough, Research Associate in Cybersecurity, University of Oxford

Steven Adler, Chief Data Strategist, IBM, Port Washington; Oliver Lewis, Visiting Programme Director, Wilton Park; Iñigo de La Serna Hernáiz, Mayor, City of Santander; Graham Fairclough, Research Associate in Cybersecurity, University of Oxford

Participants and speakers came from across the globe, bringing their particular experience and skill set to bear on discussions. Debate took in the ability of smart cities to be fully inclusive to all sectors of society, security issues of increasingly online and interconnected infrastructure, and the relationship between the public and private sectors in driving sustainable city growth.

This event, substantial in the issues addressed and tackled, had the flavour of a conversation just beginning. This will surely continue as participants return to their own cities, and it is hoped it will be struck up again in future in the surrounds of Wiston House. Science and innovation play a significant part in the foreign policy discussion blend here at Wilton Park, and will continue to do so as technology takes up an increasing role in all our lives.

What is the biggest problem that cities face and how can technology help them solve it?

Eileen Burbidge, Tech City

 

Steve Adler, IBM

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