Online: Disruptive Data Strategies for Smart Cities and Places


Advances in data and technology have opened up many new opportunities to disrupt traditional problem-solving approaches intended to improve the lives of citizens in our cities and communities. Too often we take tools that could enable an exciting future and only use them on problems of the past or use them as an incremental upgrade to the old ways of doing things. By contrast, recognising and embracing paradigm shifts enables enormous and enduring benefits, efficiencies and productivity gains.

When seeking to adopt innovative use of data and technology there are two challenges:

- In order to unlock better outcomes, how do we discover, evaluate, then design for, new paradigms that we haven’t yet experienced?

- How do we manage the design and implementation risk of innovations and paradigm shifts; particularly when examples to copy are lacking? What skills and knowledge can we draw upon to navigate the implementation uncertainty?

The smart cities movement has focused on the potential of advances in data and technology to help a city meet its goals. The application areas are broad, providing better services for a variety of stakeholders. These range from better city processes such as the maintenance and management of city assets (e.g. buildings, roads, parks, amenities, recycling), to better customer experiences (mobility/transport, parking, interactions with government).
Traditional smart city ‘best-practice’ adopts a mindset of applying technology incrementally to specific problems of today and attempting to copy others in order to reduce risk. In this model the tools (of data and technology) drive the vision instead of the vision driving the tool selection. The results are missed opportunities for excellence, a plethora of fragmented point solutions to point problems and entrenched future costs and barriers.

By contrast in this course we seek to rethink what is possible based on new paradigms and future-proofing. We will seek to disrupt ourselves first. This is a practical course, based on participant preferences during the day, we’ll apply our methodology to the domains of: personal mobility, logistics and/or city transport management; to dealing with future pandemics; sustainability; or to recycling and circular economy.


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