How can citizen participation affect the infrastructure of future smart cities? During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, media partner DirectIndustry e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine hosted a webinar to answer the question.
Invited guest speakers Thomas Ermacora, a regeneration architect and technology futurist, and Molly Webb, founder of Energy Unlocked, spoke about the importance of citizen participation in generating sustainable architecture for smart cities. They spoke about the latest technologies such as IoT security, the blockchain, sustainable smart cities, community collaborations, energy exchange and more. According to Ermacora:
The smartest cities are the ones that really embrace the value of the relationship between people that create active, vibrant, meaningful communities.
Citizen participation sits at the heart of developing smart cities. A prime example of citizen participation mentioned was Canadian company Ethelo, a mission-based business which involves a collective decision-making software system. Its goal is to improve democratic policy-making using Internet technology.
The Brooklyn project by US start-up LO3 is another example of how citizens can take part in developing their smart city. In this initiative we see how citizens can generate, stock and sell energy on their own.
In case you missed it, you can find the full video of the webinar here. Just click the button “on-demand webinar”. Skip to 06:00 to avoid our early-discussion technical issues.
American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of AgriExpo e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.