What is a digital city

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This is the presentation I gave at my keynote at the "Securing our Digital City" in Kuala Lampur.

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What is a digital city

  1. 1. What is a Digital City? Marc Canter Digital City Mechanics Securing the Digital City Kuala Lampur, Oct. 26th 2010
  2. 2. Many definitions of Digital City
  3. 3. Varying factors to what constitutes a Digital City • Economic • Technological infrastructure • Educational • Sociological • Human services: – Health – Safety – Energy – Entrepreneurial
  4. 4. Cities are still analog
  5. 5. Infrastructure today is a mess
  6. 6. Closed vs Open HTML5
  7. 7. Everyone working together will make a Digital City • Government • Proprietary solutions, brands, business • Open standards, Open Web, Open Data • Education, Non-profits, Foundations • Citizens of all kinds
  8. 8. Digital Citizens need Digital Jobs in a Digital City
  9. 9. Jobs • Workforce growth, not development • Educational system not doing a good enough job • Do what you like, not what you HAVE to do!
  10. 10. Free Agent Nation - is now International • Global economy + 24/7/365 • Partnering across time zones • Outsourced expertise • Independent workers • Companies take on a new role
  11. 11. New kinds of Jobs • Not 40 hours a week, part-time, flex hours • Virtual, work at home • Project based • Independent – not assoc with company • Hi-tech, on-line skills • Basic patterns: – Backups – Project mngt – Scheduling – Book keeping
  12. 12. Jobs won’t be full-time, they’ll be project oriented
  13. 13. Digital Jobs • Event planners and producers • Video editors, logging, scripts, production • Music production, sound EFX, recording • Photography, retouching, data management • Writing, editing, ad management • Viral social marketing, promotions, campaigns • Book keeping, project management • Web site master, PC repair, support • Interactive designer, User Experience & Interfaces
  14. 14. Haves helping the Have nots • Volunteer to mentor and train others in your own area of expertise and knowledge • Volunteer to operate live video help • Even trainees and interns volunteer, to help with local community tasks
  15. 15. Help, support, mentoring, internships
  16. 16. Help those below you
  17. 17. What is the role of government? • Provide level playing field • Open Data = relevant info, for each citizen • Support for entrepreneurism • Job growth • Public safety • Municipal infrastructure
  18. 18. Citizen Dashboards • Government would provide citizens dashboards • Municipal, small biz, regulations, fines, taxes • Local events, resources, schools, health • An open standard to “mesh” vendors together
  19. 19. Digital City stack Solutions: community programs, sports, games, meetups, location services, training, contests, directories, local events, digital citizenship, workforce growth, volunteerism Applications and Services: on-line tools, web sites, ecommerce, utilities, content = all available from dashboards Middleware: Cloud storage, computing, back-end processes, rendering, Open APIs, ID and Geo services, servers Connectivity: DSL, mobile, Wifi, Wimax, Cable modem Hardware: PCs, laptop, pads, mobile devices, OLPC, kiosks
  20. 20. Software Infrastructure • In the 1990’s = Internet access, wifi • In the 00’s = email, social media, Facebook acct • In the next decade = shared servers w/Open APIs
  21. 21. Open Source, Open Standards Open Data • All code available for free • All the ideas and processes given away – as well • Support all current standards, support new ones • Two-way APIs on all content • Build an open platform
  22. 22. Compelling experiences for Citizens! • Jobs • Education • Health • Safety • Entertainment • Engaged Democracy • Public service • Efficient Energy
  23. 23. Collaborative Platform to help Entrepreneurial activities
  24. 24. 3:1 sustainable model • To create Digital Jobs • Base on producing large-scale multimedia projects • That visualize info and ideas with multimedia
  25. 25. Digital Bureaus and Jobs • 20 machines, 20 employees (8 f-t, 12 interns) • Virtuous circle of training and volunteerism • Regional nodes, all hyper-local • Tie in local biz and independents • Real-time video support • Stage local events
  26. 26. On-line world connects to the real world • Getting people comfortable with computers • All jobs in the future will require tech skills • Human facilitation = “secret sauce”
  27. 27. Multimedia Projects • On-Line Interactive Content • Compelling interactive games, simulations and visualizations • Multimedia encyclopedia • Training, tutorials • How to videos…. • On open shared servers
  28. 28. Polymer multimedia encyclopedia • Polymer Valley Alliance • Visualization, simulations, games, learning tools • Case Western Reserve University & U Akron • Polymers earn $89B in Ohio, #2 industry • Sponsor driven ->non-profit (tax writeoff) • 3:1 model: – Build MM content – Train workers in those job skills – Place content onto open servers with APIs return
  29. 29. Webcams and Location pages • See top 16 webcams, editorially selected – Rotate throughout the day • Click on webcam, go to a location page • Location pages: – Who lives by – Photos, videos – Other webcams – Leave comments, Reviews, Media, Links • On shared servers return
  30. 30. A Community Activity Stream
  31. 31. Citizen Dashboards are “Digital Lifestyle Aggregators” • Integrated environment • Aggregate: – Social Media – Content – Services • Highly customizable: – What content , groups or social graph (friends) – What modules, apps and services
  32. 32. Virtuous Circle • Training methodology designed to get workers using hi-tech, on-line jobs skills in a wide range of job categories • Brings Volunteerism and Social Media to education • Utilizes Points for incentives and rewards • Integrated program management features • Utilizes live Video Help to intern and train
  33. 33. Customize Digital City • Timeline of the City and Region’s People • Cultural guide, music, cuisine, dance, art • Populace: the kind of people, where they came from • Industry: local to the region, large employers • Political and Cultural History: war, growth
  34. 34. Study - Research - Stats • 5k jobs in 5 years • Research grants • Government grants • Private Foundation grants • Equity investment in for-profit entity • Results PROVE the ability to create jobs • Turn it into a Phd.
  35. 35. Build - Entrepreneurism • My second $1B+ company • Family based, organically grown • Virtual – International • Cleveland & NEO are the pilot
  36. 36. New kind of system Integrator • Produce local events • Get deals, biz dev, viral marketing • Produce large scale multimedia projects • Training, internships, mentoring • Manage digital bureaus • Produce custom software, portals, social nets • Promote, grow entrepreneurial efforts • Create and evolve software platform • Customize Digital City

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