1 Urbanization and Slowing Down
Peggy talks about urbanization and how technology is going to support population growth, pointing to examples such as monitoring water quality, air quality, and pollution level. She digs into a movement called Cittaslow, which is the idea that slowing down is better when it comes to quality of life in a city. She explains that we need to deploy purposeful solutions that keep the end goal in mind and that for smart cities, the end goal is creating livable places where people can thrive.
2 City of Aurora, Ill.
Peggy and Michael Pegues, CIO, City of Aurora, Ill., talk about smart futureproofing the city, and that technology is the common denominator for local and global growth, but cities have to figure out how to leverage that. He explains that cities need a strong vision and to be able to execute smart-city initiatives and that he is a big advocate of best practices and not reinventing the wheel.
3 Emerging Tech for Cities and Developing Countries
Peggy and Joshua Peschel, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, Iowa State University, talk about technology that is making the biggest impact in smart cities and developing countries. He shares how everyday people have more access to information, but developing countries aren’t going to be turning over phones every year. He also explains that cities are becoming more saturated with technology and the impact that will have.