29 Jun 2017

Event description

In the last decade, the proliferation of inexpensive sensors, widespread 4G coverage, and ICT bandwidth have wired and connected cities at unprecedented levels. This broad connectivity and abundant urban data presents new opportunities to monitor the environment, laminate tech services with hard infrastructure, and reconfigure the city.

Simultaneous to these rapid advances in technology, hundreds of millions of people around the world have relocated to cities. As urban populations swell, the city never been more relevant as apparatus for integration, connectivity, and mobility. Cities today must be poised to take advantage of greater global connections and tech-enabled business models to accommodate the increasing flows of people, capital, and information.

The imperative for cities to provide hard infrastructure endures but there is increasing demand for integrated urban services, transportation networks, and digital applications. The objective of these workshops is to explore how we can leverage data, technology, and services to foster economic competitiveness, environmental impact, and market opportunities. We will examine the role of new cities, IOT, and entrepreneurs in driving value.

The event will gather entrepreneurs, property investors, city enthusiasts, and the most influential thought leaders around presentations and hands-on workshops. Guests are invited to participate in think tank style groups led by urban tech vanguards to probe topics from the implications of IOT in the home to the prospect of data-driven urbanism.

Greg Lindsay Keynote: Cities-as-a-Service
Seven years ago, Uber, AirBnB, and WeWork didn’t exist. Today, one is worth more on paper than General Motors, another more than Hyatt, and the third more than SL Green. Why? The pithy answer is that there’s an app for all that, but the truth is more complicated — where we live, how we move, and how we work are all being disrupted. The rise of coworking, co-living, and ride-hailing all point to new possibilities for networking, re-purposing, and more intensively utilizing what was previously just a house, or a car, or the office. In addition, how we perceive the cities, how we use them, and how we find each other within them has been fundamentally altered by our ability to connect, to summon services on demand, and to allow our data exhaust be used for dousing. In his talk, the New Cities Foundation’s Greg Lindsay describes how the city‐as‐a‐service is changing how we move, work, and love — and the investment opportunities this creates.


Topic I. Data-Driven Urbanism: Evaluating Design Strategies and the Role of Data in Cities

Prompt: In what way can technology, which is dynamic and fluid, impact one of the most enduring and permanent assets —real estate— to drive value? What will be the role of real estate development in 50 years?

Focus: Real Estate, Transit, Data, & Urbanism

Relevant questions:

- What will drive value in the future? i.e. building stock quality, services & maintenance, connectivity & access, location & security, sustainability?

- What are the new paradigms for living? Technology has changed the way people look for houses, build houses, live in houses, and care for homes. 

- How can we reimagine the design and delivery of urban property?

- Can we re-engineer the city as a service?

- How will Transit and ICT reconfigure the city and redefine property value? Can drones redistribute property value beyond mass transit corridors?

Topic II. Tabula Rasa: New Cities as Startup Cities 

Prompt: How can we design and build a city from scratch with networked infrastructure as a platform for innovation and civic engagement? 

Focus: Infrastructure, Construction, & Technology 

Relevant questions:

- What tactics do we employ to create a digitally native city?

- Infrastructure has typically required public resources to finance. Can tech startups change this model or better facilitate integrated urban services from the bottom up?

- Construction remains one of the last frontiers for technology disruption (though even google and airbnb are actively probing these areas) what can be done for design and technology to interface?

- Can crowdfunding play role in providing urban amenities?

- What are efficient or self-organizing approaches to the city?

Topic III. On demand: IOT and the Future of Urban Living

Prompt: How can we conceive of a smart home for urban dwellers with a series of relationships that span from city to home?

Focus: IOT, ICT, Data, Design & Dwelling

Relevant questions:

- How do we move away from designing discrete projects to designing for a series of relationships that span from city to home?

- How will Google Home, Alexa, and Apple Home Pod reconfigure the physical environment?
- How can we bridge IOT in other sectors such as transport, health, retail, work sites, and vehicles? 

- A lot of data is currently extracted by sensors, but not being evaluated, how do we design the home to extract insights and refine and optimize the systems?

- How can smart cities distribute intelligence from the scale of the city to the home?

- Where is the boundary between public and private? Who owns the data and what information is shared? (How is data governance established?)

Please note that this event is invitation-only, RSVP to [email protected] to confirm your place.


1: - 2:00pm

Lunch, Networking, and Registration

2:00 - 2:10pm

Opening Remarks

2:10 - 2:55pm

Greg Lindsay Keynote Cities-as-a-Service

2:55 - 3:55pm

Panel Discussion “Future Cities: The Paradigm of Living" followed by Q&A

3:55 - 4:25pm

Anthony Vanky Keynote: Data Dimensions of the City

4:25 - 4:45pm

Break & Networking

4:45 - 5:45pm

Workshops: 1. Data Driven Urbanism  2. Tabula Rasa: New Cities as Startup Cities 3. IOT and the Future of Urban Living

5:45 - 6:30pm

Workshops Wrap-Up & Present Findings




Ananda Development Plc.
Ananda Urban Tech


Ayesha Khanna

Ayesha Khanna

CEO and Co-Founder
Yaron J. Schwarcz

Yaron J. Schwarcz

Founder and CEO
Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay

Connected Mobility Initiative
Anthony Vanky

Anthony Vanky

Assistant professor in Urban Planning