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Our cities and communities are changing at an unprecedented pace and scale. The UK Department for International Trade reported that by 2050 the number of people living in urban environments will have grown to around 7 billion. Alongside increased pressures on housing and transport there are strains on health services further compounded by complexities relating to public health and ageing populations. Local areas need to find smarter ways to support the complex needs of their people and develop the infrastructure to overcome some of the grand societal challenges.
Making a city smart is not just about technology and connectivity. People are key and are the lifeblood of any city or community. Digital innovation opens up vast potential for new types of interaction with our citizens, with physical spaces and systems becoming part of a connected conversation. Policy makers from the leading smart places around the world are engaging directly with their communities to understand and improve their lives.
At Smart Cities and Communities: Achieving Smart Urban Growth you will have the opportunity to learn how International city projects are using frontier technology to tackle some of the biggest problems and use existing resources smarter. We will explore perceptions, experiences and ideas on what makes a city smart, and how we can sustain our places and communities to thrive for generations to come.