If you had to pick a buzzword for 2019 in clean technology and data science, it would be “Smart Cities”! This year, we’ve heard about Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs and their efforts to design one in Toronto; India and China have announced plans to redesign over 100 cities into “Smart Cities”; European countries like Norway and Finland highlight the fact that much of what is touted as a “Smart City” already exists in their systems; and plenty of people in Silicon Valley have their own ideas of what Smart Cities should be like and what they should do. A couple of features do stand out in many of the conferences and presentations about Smart Cities - 1) Opportunities abound with an estimated market size of $237 billion by 2025 according to one study and 2) There’s a wide range of interpretations about what exactly makes a city “Smart”. The most conservative definition and the one that governments and city organizations highlight is “ where traditional networks and services are
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There's an interesting conference coming up in Sunnyvale, California on October 8th. The topic is "Smart Cities Innovation Day: A future outlook on urban life". The location is at one of the Valley's incubators - Plug and Play and the agenda promises to be quite interesting! Several startups are presenting, there's a panel discussion with officials from regional and city governments, and a keynote from the head of IoT at the World Economic Forum. If you're curious, the link to register is here.