The Internet of Things & the Socially Driven Smart City


This session was recorded at the RE.WORK Cities Summit that took place in London on 13th December 2013.


The 'internet of things' and sensors are creating 'Smart cities' and collecting an unprecedented amount of information from citizens and movement in the city.

There are many examples with important consequences on different aspects of our lives. For example, traffic: we already have cars that drive themselves or networks that allow us to not waste time and gasoline looking for a parking lot.

Using similar systems we can intervene on so many aspects of a city -- from waste collection services to the citizen, from energy management to that of water.

But what about the impact these top-down approaches have on the fears, anxieties and abilities of individuals and communities in the city?

What is the impact and opportunities of the internet of things on our future cities at the level or infrastructure, government, and citizens?


Jemima Kiss, Head of Technology, The Guardian

Jemima Kiss joined the Guardian in 2006 and now leads the team covering big tech businesses, startups and consumer technology trends. She is a permanent fixture on the Tech Weekly podcast and sits on the British Journalism Review editorial board.

Carlo Ratti, Director, Senseable Cities Lab, MIT
A Few Points on a Smart (or Senseable) City

Smart is the new 'green'. Smart city, smart transport, smart buildings - the label smart is now often used and abused. After reviewing the principles behind the 'smart city' concept - which Carlo prefers to call 'senseable city', this presentation will discuss ten areas of innovative applications. From transport to energy to civic engagement, something that could be called a decalogue for a senseable/smart city.

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and directs the MIT Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 200 publications. Forbes listed him as one of the 'Names You Need To Know' in 2011 and Fast Company named him as one of the '50 Most Influential Designers in America'. He was also featured in Wired Magazine's 'Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world'.

Marc Pous, Founder, theThings.IO
The Next Big Thing: Stay Tuned to Your Screens!

In 2015 there will be more than 25 billion objects connected to the Internet. From our household light bulbs to our cars, all the devices in our daily lives will be connected to the Internet. That will affect our daily lives from our houses to our cities. In the new reprogrammable world users will be able to interact and reprogram all of their Internet of Things gadgets. Can you imagine being able to reprogram your car with a special engine program to adjust the fuel consumption during your next trip? Can you imagine a system being able to know when a traffic light bulb has broken and a company get a message for an urgent repair service? The future of the cities is based on complex technologies, should they be open?

Marc Pous is a computer engineer, founder, evangelist and blogger. He is the founder of theThings.IO, the next social network of the Internet of Things. He also organises the Internet of Things meetup at Barcelona and Munich. He had worked in different research centers focused on Smart Cities and Internet of Things during the last 6 years. He has been awarded with design mentions, challenges and hackathons prizes.

Mischa Dohler, Chair Professor, King's College London

Designing Smart Cities in 2013

"Smart Cities" -- a trendy phrase likely to be hackneyed before even having achieved anything tangible in improving urban living conditions. Consultants, policy makers, think tanks -- they all paint a rosy future for and through these smart cities. However, there are a few of us out there who are actually sweating to make cities smart. Today. In this talk, I will review some 10 burning challenges we face as of the design year 2013, where focus is mainly on the use and deployment of smart city infrastructure rather than social, citizen and many other aspects.

Mischa Dohler is Chair Professor at King's College London, UK. He is Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE ComSoc and Editor-in-Chief of ETT. He has provided technical and thought leadership in wireless communications for 15 years, specifically in the fields of broadband 4G/5G wireless design, machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies. He has an in-depth understanding of research, innovation and business. His groundbreaking contributions have featured in the Wall Street Journal and BBC. He is the cofounder of Worldsensing, a company which has become one of the world's leading instrumentation companies in the Smart City, Construction and Seismic Acquisition markets.
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