Is it any wonder that there are a lot of smart ideas for smart cities? That may be because a smart city is – by definition – an ideas city: a city built upon past or current ideas, as well as upon openness to future ideas: to future city ideas. Smart city ideas are often participatory: urban connectivity schemes like a better biking infrastructure or multi-directional elevators. And ideas for making the smart city smarter immediately become part of the public domain, texted to friends, discussed on social media, flash-mobbed by supporters, and analyzed at the neighborhood rooftop garden.
Digitalization is changing the world we live in – and people living in fast-paced urban environments feel those changes first and most intimately. But it’s at specialist conferences, like Microsoft Inspire, where the next big innovations are truly seen in action for the first time ever.