Back in November I had the pleasure of attending and contributing to this years Smart City Expo and World Congress, which takes place in beautiful Barcelona. The event aims to present useful and up-to-date knowledge about smart cities based on real experiences and practices, as well as to debate about future visions, goals and challenges to develop smart cities.This aligns very well with the work we do in Danish Design Centre, under our DesignCities platform, and as a result I had the honor and pleasure of sitting in a panel titled "Disruptive Technologies Transforming Cities" along side Tomas Diez of Fab City Research Lab, Victor Mulas from World Bank, John Biggs from Techcrunch (as moderator) and last, but not least, the brilliant 16-year old CEO of Sharge.io, David Andrés Diaz. Feedback afterwards was very kind, among other this comment on Linkedin.
The full video recording is available here:
Description of the panel session: "Today, the parade of new technology breakthroughs is relentless and unfolding on many fronts. Yet some advances do have the potential to disrupt the status quo and improve the way people live. In this sense, Blockchain, known as the technology underpinning the Bitcoin currency, is emerging as a revolutionary tool, as transformational as the internet itself. How can this disruptive technology and other innovations transform cities’ services?"
During the conference I also had the pleasure of being interviewed for Techcrunch; specifically the Technotopia podcast curated by fore-mentioned John Biggs. The 20-minute audio podcast is available here:
Now this is my first appearance on Techcrunch, and I must say that I'm humbled by the response and also impressed with how many people apparently read Techcrunch. The post has since been syndicated several times (for instance on Wopular and Uncova) including even the Japanese online magazine of Gunosy. Also on Facebook and in the Twittersphere feedback was very positive:
Designer Christian Villum talks about the future of intelligently-designed cities:https://t.co/2jgSuGEcqa
Totally Brilliant @villum!
— stae (@staehere) November 28, 2016