SCP E107 Considering the impacts of emerging technologies on all members of a Smart Community, with Samson Williams

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has an interesting chat with Samson Williams, Principal Consultant at Axes and Eggs, a thinktank and digital advisor on emerging technologies. Samson shares a bit about his work at Axes and Eggs, and why his background in anthropology sparked his interest in Smart Communities. He also has a really interesting perspective on how the US is embracing Smart concepts, and shares about the problem of food deserts, financial deserts, and 3G being a luxury. Zoe and Samson finish their conversation discussing the emerging trends of the millennial generation becoming policy and decision makers, and the negative health impacts of technology making life more convenient.

You will hear that this episode was recorded before Zoe left on her Churchill Fellowship, and she is talking about her trip to the US in the future, but it’s now actually in the past, and you can hear Zoe’s wrap up of each stage of her trip on her special podcast about her Churchill Fellowship. It’s available exclusively to people who support the Smart Community Podcast on Pozible. Zoe’s trip is still ongoing, but you can hear about Zoe’s visits to Orlando and Denver, among other places, by going to Pozible.com searching for My Smart Community and hit Support.

Now, on with the episode, and as always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

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What we cover in this episode:

  • Samson’s work at Axes and Eggs, and why he’s passionate about the intersection of emerging technology with culture and community
  • Why wifi is becoming a human right
  • How Samson’s background in Anthropology sparked his interest in the concept of Smart Cities and Smart Communities
  • Why Smart concepts are so important as we face the impacts of climate change
  • How the US is embracing Smart concepts, and the problem of food, financial and wifi deserts
  • Three projects Axes and Eggs is currently working on
  • What’s needed to better integrate across disciplines, governments and industries
  • The emerging trends of data privacy, the millennial generation becoming policy and decision makers and the negative health impacts of technology making life more convenient

Quotes:

“As your government transitions to everything digital you can create at risk and marginalised communities if they can’t access your government services because they’ve gone digital. So wifi becomes a human right.”

“Civilisation is cities, so when we talk about how people will interact and build cities of the future we look at historically…how people came together to build their cities, because it’s basically how do we want to collaborate to live in close proximity to each other? That’s always very interesting, and technology is just going to change the way we do it.”

“A Smart City is one that’s connected, easily walkable, that’s accessible to everyone, not just people who can’t afford it. Because your city’s not that Smart if it just creates new barriers to accessing basic government services as well as quality of life.”

“All integration starts with a conversation. We don’t have the diplomats or the ambassadors as we used ot have, that are just cross functionally sharing ideas, lessons learned…we just need to have those frank and honest conversations.”

[On Leapfrogging into Obesity]

“Whenever there’s a digital transformation you also get a waist-size transformation because when you leapfrog with technology, the technology brings a level of sedentary lifestyle, and with that new sedentary lifestyle people just get fatter.”

Connect:

Connect with Samson on LinkedIn or on other social media @hustlefundbaby or find Axes and Eggs on socials @axesandeggs

Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.

SCP E106 Hype, Substance, Technology and Humanity, with Vitor Pereira

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe speaks with Vitor Pereira, the cofounder and Director of Zoom Smart Cities. Zoe and Vitor discuss his background in journalism and in interest in technology, and how being involved in tourism and events sparked his interest in the Smart Community space. Vitor explains why the ability to reflect and receive criticism is crucial for any Smart City, and gives the example of Amsterdam’s rebrand over the last 10 years. He goes on to tell us how Portugal is embracing Smart concepts and some of the projects he’s involved in, including Zoom Global Smart City Association. Vitor and Zoe then discuss the need to cut through the hype and find the substance in a noisy, saturated Smart City market as well as why we need to break down silos and foster integration in order to tackle the urgent and important decisions humanity is facing right now. They finish their conversation discussing the emerging trends of ethics and transparency when it comes to technology, as well as getting back to the heart and soul of a city, which is humans. Now, a quick warning, there are a few audio glitches in this episode but it’s very listenable overall. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

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What we cover in this episode:

  • Vitor’s background in journalism and his interest in technology
  • How being involved in tourism and events sparked his interest in the Smart Community space
  • Why the ability to reflect and receive criticism is crucial for any Smart City, and why the concept is so important
  • How Amsterdam rebranded themselves over the last 10 years
  • Cutting through the hype and finding the substance in a noisy, saturated Smart City market
  • Projects Vitor is involved in, including Zoom Smart Cities
  • How Portugal is embracing Smart concepts
  • Breaking down silos and fostering integration so we can make the urgent and important decisions facing humanity
  • The emerging trends of ethics and transparency when it comes to technology
  • The importance of getting back to the heart and soul of a city, which is humans

Quotes:

“Normally a technology-driven mentality only sees the bits, zeroes and codes, and it takes away the values like human values, like people being in love, friendship etc. They strip off the sentimental part of the process.”

“Any city can be smart or stupid simultaneously. And the definition for one or another, I believe, comes from a variety of sources with different interests.”

“Sometimes it’s hard to compete in this world where image, empty words or staging [become] so powerful for marketing. It doesn’t work, it doesn’t fit very well for the real results that we need for our future, and that we need for our cities.”

“I believe one of the things that is missing in Cities and Communities is leadership: leaderships and courage [to make the hard] decisions that need to be taken right now to tackle climate change, to tackle poverty, to tackle affordable housing, to tackle unemployment… It will take courage to take these decisions.”

Contact:

Connect with Vitor on social media @vitorpereira or via email vitor@zoomsmartcities.com

Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.

SCP E105 Next Generation Infrastructure and a Zero Carbon Future, with Lisa McLean

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In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has a really interesting chat with Lisa McLean, CEO of the Open Cities Alliance. Lisa covers her passion for Next Generation Infrastructure, what that is, and why Smart Community or Next Gen thinking is so important. Zoe and Lisa discuss how Lisa sees Australia embracing Smart Concepts and some of the projects Lisa is currently working on, as well as what Open Cities does. They then talk about the convergence of utilities like water, waste and energy that used to be separate but that are now becoming more interconnected, and the power of aggregating voices to move government policy, breakdown silos and improve integration. Zoe and Lisa finish their chat discussing the emerging trends of the new utility model and the circular economy, as well as “prosumers” and why we need new business models in the future. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it.

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What we cover in this episode:

  • Lisa’s background in political journalism and global Zero Carbon economy campaigns, and her passion for Next Gen Infrastructure
  • What sparked Lisa’s interest in Smart Concepts and what a Smart Community is to her
  • What the ‘Next Gen Infrastructure’ terminology means
  • Why Lisa believes Smart Community and Next Generation concepts are so important
  • The problem of microplastics as one example of the ways the ‘throwaway’ society we live in isn’t working
  • The role of government in moving to Next Generation thinking, not just infrastructure
  • How Lisa sees Australia embracing Smart Concepts, and why local it’s time for dinosaur thinking to stop
  • Projects Lisa is working on at the moment, including a ‘Five Steps to Next Gen Infrastructure’ playbook for local councils
  • What Open Cities is and does, and their ethos
  • The convergence of utilities that used to be separate (water, waste, energy)
  • The power of aggregating voices to move government policy, breakdown silos and improve integration
  • The emerging trends of the new utility model and the circular economy
  • ‘Prosumers’ and the different business model thinking that is needed for the future

Quotes:

“We’re all about opening up our markets to more sustainable businesses, recycling of water and waste, local energy generation, shared mobility and electrification of our mobility, all those essential services. Open Cities is looking to get away from the business as usual and all the things we’ve been doing in the past. We want to open up our markets to that future.”

“For us a Smart Community is a community that can generate its own water and energy. It’s a community that is self-sufficient, and can head towards climate positive, which is beyond Zero Carbon, where they can actually have excess water and energy, and it’s a community that also can pay less for its utility bills.”

“We use the term ‘Next Gen Infrastructure’, because it’s just new ways of doing things, instead of us living in this linear society… Next Gen Infrastructure is water recycling infrastructure that you can keep at a precinct scale or in a home. Next Gen Infrastructure is solar—we’ve got enough solar force to provide everybody with free energy…Shared mobility is another example, and autonomous vehicles as well.”

“In this Next Gen Infrastructure space, the utilities are actually converging. Water is energy, waste is energy too, and we’re looking at how we can use water at a precinct scale to provide heating and cooling [or] use solar spill to provide energy for EVs. How can we look at all these different utility sectors? How do they converge at a precinct scale to create better solutions for people that are sustainable?”

“[The trend of prosumers] is our own ability to get free energy from the sun, to use it ourselves as a consumer, and then to produce it and sell it.”

Connect:

Connect with Lisa via the Open Cities website or email Lisa@opencities.net.au or call 0488 068 777

Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.

SCP E104 When immediate needs drive Smart Community thinking, with Ricardo Van Loenen

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has a fascinating conversation with Ricardo Van Loenen, the CEO and co-Founder of B. Building Business in Amsterdam. As this episode goes live Zoe will be in Amsterdam as part of her Churchill Fellowship, and if you want to hear all about her trip, remember to head to Pozible.com to get access to her special podcast all about what she’s learning on her Fellowship. It’s available exclusively to supporters so head to Pozible.com now, search My Smart Community, and hit support to get access to those bonus podcast episodes. 

In this episode, Ricardo tells us about B Building Business, the startup ecosystem turned Smart City Hub he has been a part of creating in Amsterdam and how it has really sparked his interest in the Smart Community Space. Zoe and Ricardo discuss how the Netherlands is embracing Smart concepts, and the power of having an immediate need driving innovation and investment. Ricardo shares some of the projects he’s been working on and why governments and corporations can and should work together to build the city of the future. They finish their chat discussing the emerging trends of education, inclusivity and diversity being more important than technology when building Smart Communities. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it.

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What we cover in this episode:

  • Ricardo’s background in marketing and his passion for connecting people to solve problems together
  • How working on B Building Business sparked his interest in the Smart Community space 
  • What a Smart City is and why Ricardo feels it’s so important
  • How the Netherlands is embracing Smart Concepts
  • The problems of overflows of water, and too many tourists and cyclists in Amsterdam
  • The power of having immediate needs driving innovation and investment in Smart solutions to new and old problems
  • The Smart City Hub project that Ricardo is working on currently
  • Ricardo’s experience with integrating across multiple disciplines, governments and industries
  • Why governments and corporations can and should work together building the city of the future
  • The emerging trends of education, inclusivity and diversity being more important than technology when building Smart Communities

Quotes:

“I don’t think you are a Smart City if you have wifi in the city, I think a Smart City goes more back [to] how to do you do the distribution, logistics, how can you make it in a way that you’re self-sustainable, taking all the big challenges and put it into positives.? An important part of a Smart City are Smart people. How do you involve a society within the city and give everybody enough rights and possibilities to grow?”

“Going back to how cities started, I think we created a lot of problems ourselves. If you take all the food production out of the areas where people live, you create a lot of logistics problems. With the new technology you will be able to produce food in high density areas… Now you can do affordable indoor farming and it’s working perfectly.”

“The funny thing is we now have traffic jams with cyclists in the city, so that’s a problem…[Cycling is] a common Dutch thing, so it’s hard to change something if it’s already working.”

“If you don’t really need to innovate because the problem is not high enough, there’s not enough eagerness to do so. If you need to change things, it will be done much quicker than if the need isn’t [immediate] or people don’t see it.”

“You can design your own self-driving car but if you can’t drive it on the public roads you really have nothing, so it’s really important to work closely together on designing the city of the future. The governments don’t have the money for it, the corporations don’t have the regulations for it, so let’s put this together and work together.”

Links:

B. Building Business https://b-buildingbusiness.com/ 

Smart Hub https://b-buildingbusiness.com/smartcityhub/

Picnic https://picnic.app/

An article about the Picnic App – grocery delivery using electric cars in Amsterdam https://www.reuters.com/article/us-netherlands-grocery-internet/startup-picnic-runs-grocery-delivery-bus-in-dutch-online-shopping-boom-idUSKCN1LZ244

Connect:

Connect with Ricardo via LinkedIn

Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community 

Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.

SCP E103 The role of education and ethics in the design of self-driving cars, with Vienna Harvey

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In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe brings you an interview she did on location in Silicon Valley as part of her Churchill Fellowship trip investigating Smart Mobility around the world. By the way, if you want to hear more from Zoe about her trip, you should subscribe to her exclusive podcast about her Churchill Fellowship. It’s exclusively for her supporters on Pozible, so head to Pozible.com today, search for My Smart Community, and hit support. There’s several episodes there already for you to get stuck into and hear Zoe’s insights from the various people, places and platforms she’s been exploring as part of her Churchill Fellowship.

In this episode, Zoe speaks with Vienna Harvey from online learning company, Udacity. Vienna is a Learning Technologist that specialises in the Self-Driving Car nano-degrees at Udacity. She also did a thesis project about the role of ethics in the design of self-driving cars, and she shares some really interesting findings from her research in this area. Zoe and Vienna also discuss the talent-gap in the autonomous vehicle industry and how Udacity’s nano-degrees are one way to combat this, as well as the emerging trend of actually seeing self-driving cars on the road in more places. There are a couple of tech glitches in this episode. It’s very listenable, however you will notice a few spots where Vienna’s words get slightly clipped, or the speed changes slightly. As always we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it.

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What we cover in this episode:

  • Vienna’s background in ethics of autonomous vehicles and how it led to her job at Udacity
  • What Udacity offers as an online learning platform, and Vienna’s role there as a Learning Technologist
  • How Vienna sees the future of technology playing out, including accessibility, autonomous transport and shared-transit
  • The reason flying cars are still a fair while away from becoming mainstream
  • The evolving conversation about ethics in the autonomous vehicle space
  • Vienna’s research, including her findings from an autonomous-car variation on ‘The Trolley Problem’
  • The talent-gap in the autonomous vehicle industry, and how Udacity is working to support students to fill that gap
  • The emerging trend of self-driving cars actually being on the road in more places

Quotes:

“How can we not only create the vehicles to be as technically sound and good as they can be, but also how can we ensure the people who will be using and buying them someday will be comfortable with this technology and feel good about it?”

“I think [self-driving cars] are going to be a really important part of broader Smart Communities in the future.”

“A big part of my job as a learning technologist is to test code that students have written and submitted as their capstone project for Self-Driving Car Engineer. We have a self-driving car at the office and students taking that nano-degree program are able to write code that then drives an actual self-driving car around the parking lot. I’m the person who is the backup driver and safety check for when we’re doing that.”

“Increasing accessibility for more people is going to be a huge part of transportation in the future…[Self-driving cars] would be able to give more people access to that kind of mobility that they might not otherwise have. E.g. someone who is too young or too old to drive a regular car could maybe get that increased mobility through a self-driving car.”

“Flying cars [are] definitely exciting and cool to talk about but I think it is pretty far on the horizon, at least as something relatively mainstream. I think it will remain a little more niche for the time being.”

[On the survey Vienna ran as part of her thesis exploring ethics and self-driving cars]

“In general people were very consistent, with a strong leaning towards wanting to prioritise the safety of the person in the car, which I think does make sense from a consumer standpoint, because you’re not going to want to buy a car that you worry might sacrifice your life.”

“There’s a really big talent-gap in the [autonomous vehicle] industry right now, where people are looking for candidates who can fill that gap and who come in already with those skills and specialised knowledge.” 

“We are starting to get self-driving cars on the roads. I think the next thing is going to be expanding where they are, because right now the majority of them are still fairly localised in Silicon Valley and the few other places that are known for working with these. So I think it will be interesting to see the continued expansion.”

Connect: 

Connect with Vienna on LinkedIn and find out more about Udacity on their website

Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community 

Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.

SCP E102 Climate change, energy efficiency and the built environment, with Don McLean

This episode of the Smart Community Podcast is brought to you by IES. Did you know IES provides 3D performance analysis technology that helps all those involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings to reduce the carbon emissions of buildings and cities worldwide? So far, through use of its technology, IES has prevented over 30 500 Mega Watt power stations from having to be built. IES is about to launch new, exciting digital twin technology that will help you create a more sustainable and intelligent world. You can find out more at www.iesve.com

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has a fascinating conversation with Don McLean from IES. Don has been in the energy space for nearly 40 years, and is truly passionate about finding intelligent ways to improve energy efficiency as a way of combating climate change. Don shares why he believes aggregation and using the collective is imperative to making better decisions and being more efficient, as well as how he sees Scotland embracing Smart Concepts. He then tells us about his company IES, and how their ‘digital twin’ simulation technology helps in the design of energy efficient buildings, as well as some other technologies they are developing to support the creation of energy efficient groups of buildings, such as university campuses or city districts. Don then explains some of the barriers he sees to integrating across disciplines and really solving our energy problems in order to combat climate change. Zoe and Don finish their chat discussing the emerging trend of positive energy blocks, and how IES is trialling these. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it.

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What we cover in this episode:

  • Don’s background in the energy space and his absolute passion for planet wide energy efficiency
  • How the global concerns of peak oil and climate change sparked Don’s interest in the Smart Community space
  • The reason Don believes the Smart Community concept is so important
  • Why we should be using the collective to make better decisions and be more efficient
  • Don’s perspective on how Scotland is embracing Smart concepts
  • What IES does and how their ‘digital twin’ simulation technology helps in the design of energy efficient buildings
  • The need to tackle energy efficiency from two angles: from the operational side of things to the opportunities provided by thinking at scale
  • An example of how this might look in practice, on a Smart University Campus
  • The power of adding IOT and peer-to-peer systems to a Smart Building, Smart Precinct or Smart District
  • The barriers Don sees to integrating across disciplines and really solving our energy problems to combat climate change
  • The need for changes to ‘business and usual’ way of operating for utility providers and governmental approach to building regulations
  • The emerging trend of positive energy blocks, and how IES is trialing this in Trondheim,Norway and Limerick, Ireland

Quotes:

“It doesn’t have to be a city—it could be 2 buildings or it could be a million buildings, it doesn’t matter. And therefore, why can’t we have a Smart Campus, or a Smart County or a Smart Country or a Smart Continent?”

“We’ve got to think…in that more aggregated approach, rather than looking at individual buildings, as a way to solve the climate change problem.“

“When you aggregate [groups of buildings together] you’ve got one demand profile for energy…it almost makes it a simpler problem to look at a whole community [and] you get the advantage of scale…It generates efficiencies through the process.”

“Scotland, like a lot of other places, are not doing too much about it. There are pockets where [groups are] trying to do something about it. But it’s going to take a long time before we really see any action that will mitigate climate change.”

“It’s about being able to not just aggregate one group of buildings, but then being able to connect the different groups of buildings…ultimately to have a situation where you could aggregate the whole county, country or [even] continent.”

“If we are serious about reducing climate change and its impact, we’ve got to look at these more intelligent, effective ways of managing energy…It’s doing these kind of [large scale] things to solve problems that people can’t really address on their own.“

“The will is there. I don’t see the actions that look like all of these people get together and make this happen. At the moment what I fear is the fact that we’ve got to see some catastrophic problems and issues before governments and others will actually take serious action [on climate change].”

“At the moment in [the energy] sector, I don’t see that integration happening unless something serious happens with respect to climate change…I just do not see how we’re going to get action without [a catastrophe], and that’s the tragic view of it.”

“A lot of governments put together building regulations that actually cause as much energy inefficiency as they do save energy. As a consequence, I think the whole approach to government regulations has got to be adapted and changed so we can better test the energy performance of buildings in order [to] give them a rating.”

Connect:

Connect with Don via email don.mclean@iesve.com or find out more about his work at the IES website iesve.com

Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.

SCP E101: User Experience at the Intersection of Digital & Physical Environments with Martin Tomitsch

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In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe speaks with Martin Tomitsch, Associate Professor in Design at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Chair of Design, and Research Director of the Design Lab – an interdisciplinary research group that investigates the role of design across a range of domains and contexts. Martin shares with Zoe the concepts of media architecture and hybrid infrastructure and how it can improve the lives of citizens in Smart Communities, as well as the importance of user experience design principles when designing Smart Cities. Martin tells us about his new book, “Making Cities Smarter, Designing Interactive Urban Applications” and some interesting projects designed to use emerging technologies to in one case reduce litter, and in another case make traffic lights not only fun, but safer. Zoe and Martin finish their conversation discussing the emerging trends of bio design, and cathedral thinking, and why we should be thinking long term when it comes to Smart Cities and Communities. As always we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it.

By the way, if you want to hear more from Zoe about her trip, you should subscribe to her exclusive podcast about her Churchill Fellowship. It’s exclusively for her supporters on Pozible, so head to Pozible.com today, search for My Smart Community, and hit support. There’s several episodes there already for you to get stuck into and hear Zoe’s insights from the various people, places and platforms she’s been exploring as part of her Churchill Fellowship. Now, on with the episode!

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What we cover in this episode:

  • Martin’s background in informatics and how his PhD in the intersection of digital and physical environments led to his interest in Smart Cities
  • The concepts of media architecture and hybrid infrastructure, and how it can improve the lives of citizens in Smart Communities
  • The label of Smart Cities and why Martin believes the global discourse about the concept is important
  • How we can define “better” cities, and what “better” means
  • The importance of user experience design principles when designing Smart Cities
  • Martin’s new book, “Making Cities Smarter, Designing Interactive Urban Applications”, based on the UX design principles used in Smart City apps to help people in their daily lives
  • The advantages of working as a research at a University
  • The TetraBIN project designed to use emerging technologies to reduce litter in cities
  • Places Martin has researched that are embracing Smart Concepts in ways that use user-centre approaches, including Amsterdam and Montreal
  • The Street Pong project designed to make traffic lights not only more fun but also safer
  • The role of design thinking and education in better integrating across multiple disciplines
  • How Martin’s University are encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and communication
  • The emerging trend of biodesign and how shoe company Puma is using it in their shoes
  • Cathedral thinking, “More than Human” design, and how we should be thinking long term when it comes to Smart Cities and Communities

Quotes:

“Smart Cities as a term was really successful in terms of getting buy in and starting a discourse, and for me the way the term is being used is about using technologies to enable Cities, governments or city councils, to make better use of the city infrastructure and to design better cities in many ways. Then it comes down to how do we define ‘better’? Is that more efficient and more effective cities, or are they talking also about the quality of life in cities and maybe about economic values as well?”

“The Smart Cities movement globally [has] actually made a lot of resources available to city governments and councils, so they started to have access to the resources and being able to more easily implement or change processes with the councils.”

“User experience design is really important because technology is really infiltrating all aspects of our lives and all levels of companies, so user experience design ensures that those technologies are designed in a way so that they’re actually meaningful, intuitive and easy to use but actually also addressing people’s needs… How can we translate those user experience design principles into cities, and into frameworks for designing Smart Cities”

“For me, city apps are really what is the interface between people and Smart Cities.”

[On Street Pong] “There’s research that shows that if you give that information [about how long until the traffic lights change] to people, they’re actually less likely to walk across the road when there’s a red light. It’s a clever way of using data…and making it available in a very playful way.”

“At the university, cross-disciplinary interaction or collaboration is really encouraged now and it’s something that’s seen in a positive way. So that contributes to this mind and attitude shift [towards collaboration], which is really important.”

“If we talk about the future of cities, I think what’s really critical is that we understand the role of education in all of this, because those people who are going through high school and university right now, they will be the leaders, whether it’s in industry or government or research of the future.”

“So for me as an educator at the university it’s really important that we’re teaching students now already of the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. That involves not just aspects like teamwork and understanding of the other cultures and disciplinary areas, but also having a bit of a knowledge across a range of disciplines.”

“You get people with a background in biology or science to work together with designers, to better understand how these new technologies can be applied.”

Links:

Martin’s new book https://www.booktopia.com.au/making-cities-smarter-martin-tomitsch/prod9783868594928.html

The bin that lets you play tetris: TetraBIN http://www.tetrabin.com/#!vision.html

The Sencity company that is now developing TetraBIN https://sencity.city/tetrabin

Montreal Light Festival https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/

Street Pong http://www.streetpong.info/

Puma biodesign shoe https://design.mit.edu/projects/puma-biodesign

Marcus Foth episode https://mysmart.community/2018/02/26/e04/

Connect:

Connect with Martin on Twitter @martintom, LinkedIn @martintomitsch

Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.