Citizen engagement

City project trackers: one way to keep citizens in the loop (and engaged)

Tue, 2018-07-10 05:36 -- Doug Peeples

Urban environments often look like giant construction zones when buildings are being upgraded or replaced or streets are being repaired or improved. And it can be inconvenient for citizens and visitors trying to get around town. New York City's interactive project is one approach to at least mitigate some of that inconvenience — and give citizens a window on their city.

Food waste is a major problem. Can collaboration solve it?

Fri, 2018-06-01 02:18 -- Doug Peeples

It's estimated that half of the world's food is wasted. It's a drain on economies and a missed opportunity for putting food on the table for people who don't have enough. A Canadian organization is betting a nationwide collaboration can do far more to reduce food waste than isolated efforts ever will.

Urbanisation – Unprecedented demographic shift or another bubble?

Thu, 2018-05-31 02:30 -- Janine Betz

Cities need to offer more than tangible things like job opportunities and enhanced mobility to make them attractive to current and new residents. Guest author Janine Betz shares her insights on why cities should focus on ensuring that residents feel like they belong there, that they have a sense of 'place.'

New Zealand's smart cities efforts shortlisted for Asia-Pacific awards (yet again)

Wed, 2018-05-30 08:38 -- Doug Peeples

New Zealand won several awards and substantial recognition in an Asia-Pacific competition last year for the quality and relevance of its smart cities initiatives. Early indications are the country's smart cities efforts could claim more awards in the 2018 competition.

Can Sarajevo rebuild from the rubble?

Sun, 2018-04-01 15:34 -- SCC Europe Staff

Sarajevo is home to 275,000 residents, and like most cities looking to become smarter, it faces one big constraint: finance. So how does a city dealing with technical debt and remnants of war rise from its ruins and rebuild as a technology-driven smart city? For Sarajevo, the answer may be in its youth. Let’s take a look at how the new generation may help pull the city out of its war-torn past thanks to a wealth of innovation and app-driven solutions.

Fairfax County draws an innovative future that will deliver for generations to come

Fri, 2018-03-23 04:06 -- Kevin Ebi

Too often, today’s solutions can become tomorrow’s problems. See how Fairfax County, Virginia, a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge finalist, plans to use its current success to build an innovative, inclusive future that lifts the next generation.