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How smart cities can be inclusive

When creating urban cities of the future, smart cities, we need to keep in mind that they should work for people who need them the most. Smart cities have been excellent at automating bin collection, installing 5G and smart traffic control, and naturally, these are...

Why we need Smart Parks?

Parks provide environmental, aesthetic, and recreation benefits to our cities. They greatly enhance property values, increase municipal revenue, bring in homebuyers and attract retirees. Residential areas and green spaces have been shown to have positive external...

Let’s design Smart Cities smartly

The death of a young mother who fell in a New York City subway station in the beginning of February has drawn scrutiny to the inaccessibility of public-transit systems. Let’s face it, transporting a baby in an urban environment can be a challenge. Moms, dads and those...

Citizens provide information to create Super Smart Cities.

The notion of smart cities (often written about in blogs) generally slants towards what the future will look like. Ultramodern cities where buildings reach high into the clouds, and flying cars that navigate virtual motorways. Why are we so pre-occupied with Smart...

The flat tire commuter

The rise of urban tech reflects the growing role of cities in the global economy. Public bike shares were supposed to initiate a global cycling revolution, providing everyone the opportunity to ride a bike in conjunction with cities encouraging people to use bicycles....

Public Toilets – a sexy search item

Currently (2018) roughly 2.1 billion (source: WHO) people have gained access to sanitation over the last 25 years. Regarding drinking water, there has also been tremendous progress. Even though safe drinking water has not yet reached everyone on the planet, 91% of the...

I’m in a bar, alcohol to lips in 3,2,1 …

I used to cringe, wince, recoil into a ball and internally question my existence when confronting math word problems. My snarky, slightly chubby 7th-grade teacher would ask … “If Matt has four shirts, and his best friend Rob has seven, and both have three belts and...

Location-based apps increase do-gooding

Do-gooding is all around us. The problem is, most times we have no clue. It’s not like there’s a do-gooding news station, CNN-Do-Good keeping track on altruistic actions that benefit us all. But location-based services not only keep track of do-gooding, better yet,...

Food Justice for everybody from Community Gardens

“You know, organic apples from Whole Foods taste better. Sure, they’re three times the price as in the supermarket, but don’t you want to eat organic?” We all know this to be true, and while some of us can pay three times more for a more tasty, organic apple, many of...

Community Map as part of The Trust Economy

In 2016, on a new microsite for Quebec City, locals (and anyone who’s been to Quebec City) were invited to share attractions near me - hidden gems, favorite spots, or restaurants in the city. Compared to previous marketing activities, this was an innovative way to...

Location tagging done right

Geo-location tagging is wonderful technology, and one that is driving innovation in several areas. At its core, geo-location tagging is the process of adding geographic information surrounding digital content (latitude and longitude coordinates, physical...