CREATING URBAN TECH - Trend Letter 10 - The City of the Future
The best ist yet to come: The city of the future
The momentum of tomorrow’s cities, the momentum of their industry and economies, their governments and administrations, their standard of living – this was the core topic of the third CREATING URBAN TECH summit on October 25 in Berlin. “The Berlin Summit: connected.urban.smart” – under this motto, 300 business leaders, managers, and representatives of government and administration presented, discussed, and debated the most important urban-tech trends and strategies for the coming years.
Our guests were virtually unanimous: The real momentum of the development of our cities still lies ahead – if we actually succeed in producing it. More precisely: in not slowing it down. This impulse came from Ger Baron, CTO of the City of Amsterdam. In his work, he relies on purposefully creating space for pilot projects and learning processes. He challenges city administrations to become GovTechs, to operate like startups and to place higher priority on speed and learning effect than planning and strategy. “Fail quick and cheap.” A test question: Is your city – from the citizens to city government – ready for future projects based on trial and error?
Read here more about where smart cities are headed in our tenth trend letter.
Photo: © Andreas Lander