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The Impact and Promise of Smart Cities for the post-COVID-19 Era: Inclusive Technology and Creative Partnerships for the City We Need
Join IHC Global and Red Dot Foundation for the second day of our exciting Urban Thinkers Campus that will explores smart cities, Sustainable Development Goal 11, and the New Urban Agenda through panel presentations, interactive breakout rooms, and a lively roundtable!

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, smart city technology promised cities improved efficiency and cost-savings across range of urban services, such as accurate water meters, digital parking, policing and virtually any aspect of city life that can be imagined. Whether they are sufficiently aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 11 and designed to foster inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities is not so clear.

But, the pandemic and the fact that 90% of COVID-19 cases have broken out in cities makes this question more urgent than ever: What have smart cities done to build urban resilience and to prepare residents, especially the most vulnerable, to combat virus transmission and withstand economic shocks? How can cities integrate smart technology to build urban resilience going forward?

Join us on Day 2 as we consider mechanisms, policies, and solutions for inclusive smart city implementation. Our panel experts, coupled with audience participation, will help us consider: How can cities better engage vulnerable and marginalized urban populations as they invest to become smarter and more inclusive? How can prioritization and deployment of frontier technology advance Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda? What strategies are most promising? How can partnerships between local governments, civil society and grassroots movements, and the private sector support inclusive smart cities? What would an effective policy framework look like?

Oct 23, 2020 08:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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