Smart! You + the future of your city!

The world population will grow by around 2 billion people over the next decades and by 2030, 60% of the global population will live in urban areas. This represent an overall 30% increase in migration from rural to urban centers over the next decades. 80% of that transition will take place in Africa and Asia but also the USA will add another 100 million residents of the next decades.
The moderator: Dr. Kaspar Bänziger. Speakers: prof. Alfredo Brillembourg, Andreas Thors, dr. Walter Grüebler, Yorke E. Rhodes III, Tamer Amer, Hannes Schmid.
There will be over 660 cities with more than one million residents and 41 megacities with over 10 million inhabitants. These urban centers are economically very powerful and generate over 50% of global GDP. However, emerging urban hubs coupled with population increase are challenged by climate change, migration, family structural adaptation and rapid technological change. Current design and planning have reached their limits to manage the increasingly dynamics of the modern city. The ability to absorb, recover and prepare for future shocks is key. Therefore, the development of resilient cities can only be achieved by an active structured collaboration between all stakeholders.

This massive shift necessitates the smart planning and implementation of sophisticated nexus between life and work.

At this panel we addressed the digital impact in urbanization:

  • How will big data help policy makers to accommodate rising migration to cities?
  • Can digital technologies help plan better urban centers?
  • Are investors presented by better returns based on application of new technologies in real-estate finance?
  • How will artificial intelligent and internet of things render the management of urban centers more efficient?
  • Will citizens decide on how their city will look like?