Open Fields: Beyond the Smart City

 

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What is a Smart City? Judging by the diversity of Smart City initiatives there’s no definitive answer; data, sensors, systems all play a role. But how do we look beyond this technological perspective of Smart Cities to a more holistic, human ambition?

And how do we meaningfully develop the wider Smart ecosystem? It’s not just about transferring the lessons and platforms of Smart Cities to rural areas, but also about recognising the latter’s unique importance. From sustainability to Agritech, life beyond urban areas is rich with innovation. We need to open up the dialogue.

From the 25th to the 27th of June ODI Devon is bringing together talks, workshops and, most importantly, people to explore these vital elements. Over these three days Beyond the Smart City will look at three, key topics:

1. How can Smart technologies improve life outside the city?
2. How do we embed sustainability and equilibrium into Smart City programmes?
3. How do we humanise the Smart City?

Redfront has a particular interest in the human aspects of Smart Cities. Design has a big role to play in improving the urban experience, but good design also needs to engage with the whole system.

Wherever we live, our quality of life is inextricably linked with each other’s and the environment we inhabit. We have a responsibility to use technology and data for the benefit of everyone and to ensure that the possibilities it offers for sustainable living are fully realised.

This is a major design challenge. We hope you’ll join ODI Devon, Redfront and some inspiring speakers in June to help us tackle it. Tickets are available from 1pm today (2nd April). The call for content is also open until the end of April. Submit your talk and workshops ideas using this form.

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