Smart Cities Beyond Fad and Hype: Connecting People, Place and Technology

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Date: Tuesday 8 September 2020
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Venue: Webinar

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Presented by the Smart Cities Research Institute

Ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, and big data come together to give rise to a new urban paradigm being celebrated by many technology corporations and local governments alike: the smart city. Yet, the current hype around smart cities often tends to be technocratic.

What evidence is there to suggest that a smart city can provide genuine answers to a number of complex problems cities face?

This presentation will move the discussion beyond technology fads and data hype. It will introduce insights from applied research to realign the smart city agenda with the needs of people and the urban environment.



Professor Foth founded the Urban Informatics Research Lab at QUT in 2006. Ahead of their time and before the term “smart cities” became popular, the lab pioneered a new field of study and practice: Urban informatics, which examines how people create, apply and use information and communication technology and data in cities and urban environments. QUT Urban Informatics has been one of the leading research groups in the world conducting transdisciplinary research that addresses a number of critical challenges facing our cities. 


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