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Smart Cities vs. Civic Tech: an analysis (Annette Jezierska and German Dector-Vega, The Future Fox)


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This was presented by Réka Solymosi from University College London at the Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC 2018) in Lisbon on 18th April 2018. You can find out more information about the conference here:

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Smart Cities vs. Civic Tech: an analysis (Annette Jezierska and German Dector-Vega, The Future Fox)

  1. 1. Smart Cities vs CivicTech 18th April 2018
  2. 2. Session agenda 1. Why is this important 2. Definitions: smart city initiatives vs CivicTech initiatives 3. The three generations of smart cities 4. Analysis of the initiatives 5. Insights 6. Design challenge (interactive!)
  3. 3. Intro WE ARE A TRANSPORT TECH START-UP WITH SOCIAL IMPACT Our mission is to accelerate the development of smart, sustainable and people-focused cities. We want to solve transport infrastructure challenges faster, to improve the lives of millions of citizens within a generation. We provide a unique combination of transport expertise and creative techniques, to deliver cost-effective, innovative solutions with high social impact. Annette Jezierska Co-Founder German Dector-Vega Co-Founder Marek Bereza CTO
  4. 4. Why is this important ○ 60% global population will live in cities by 2030 (WHO) ○ Rich insight - most data on interactions ○ Global smart cities market to be a trillion dollar market by 2026 Where is everybody?! 🙀 Africa Business Insight
  5. 5. Definitions Smart city service CivicTech service The citizen is the end user or consumer (who consumes the result) - using data which could include passive or conscious citizen data. The citizen is the key crowd participant (with some influence over the result) - “conscious data contribution” For people By people Meets authority outcomes For people
  6. 6. The three generations Definition by Boyd Cohen 1st - Technology Driven: Private sector technology companies encouraging the adoption of their solutions disregarding the impact on citizens quality of life. 2nd - Technology enabled, city led: The city determines what the future is and the role of smart technologies. City administrators focus on technology solutions as ways to improve quality of life. 3rd - Citizen Co-creation: Cities embrace citizen co-creation models for helping to drive the next generation of smarter cities.
  7. 7. Analysis summary System efficiency Desirable social change New activities Weird social change City open data NZ Age Friendly Amsterdam Public WiFi Cape Town RFID Home security Songdo Real time traffic control Singapore On demand bus Singapore Citizens’ map Nairobi Participatory city Medellin
  8. 8. Insights 1. CivicTech nearly exclusively provides social change and efficiency 2. Data-led smart city initiatives have indirect social outcomes, but these are often flawed! 3. Smart city initiatives are driven by efficiencies, but defining the type of efficiency is important, and often misused. 4. CivicTech must and can do more to compete with efficiency-based smart city initiatives 5. Or provide smart city authorities with the social impact benefit in efficiency-based approaches 6. Smart city initiatives benefit from great marketing about IoT, AI, citizen empowerment, business collaboration. CivicTech services need to do this better.
  9. 9. Design challenge 1. How might we help citizens to help authorities manage the transport network? 1. How might we maximise environmental benefits from peer-to- peer exchange of goods? 1. How might we make your CivicTech service more Smart City- friendly?
  10. 10. House rules 1. Quantity over quality! 2. No idea is a bad idea 3. Be concise 4. Do exaggerate
  11. 11. THANKS Any questions