Debate Night! Smart Cities are Dumb

Tuesday, October 11
7:00PM - 9:00PM
The Townsend
718 Congress Ave

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Adam Green
Speaker
The Exploratorium - Project Lead

Missing-speaker

Archna Sahay
Speaker
City of Philadelphia - Dir of Entrepreneurial Investment

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Bon Ku
Speaker
Thomas Jefferson University - Assoc Professor

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Eric Cesal
Speaker
Curry Stone Design Prize - Weaver of All Webs

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George Abbott
Speaker
Knight Foundation

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Jess Zimbabwe
Speaker
National League of Cities - Dir of Urban Dev

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Katherine Darnstadt
Speaker
Latent Design - CE0

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McKenna Cole
Speaker
Situ Research - Lead Project Mgr

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Stonly Baptiste
Speaker
Urban.Us - Co-Founder

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Walker Wells
Speaker
Global Green USA - Vice President of Programs

Summary

Sensors, technology, big data, oh zzzzz. Our urban areas are being invaded by the future, and while some people are welcoming the revolution with open arms, heralding in our robotic municipal overlords, others are saying, “get behind me, drones.”


Are digital kiosks and connectivity the key to bridging social gaps, or simply band-aids dreamt up by campus-dwelling influencers when they’re not playing ping pong? How are cities supposed to shift focus to data and Internet of things solutions when neighborhoods across the country don’t even have access to basic goods and services? If Pokemon Go can’t even be distributed equally, what chance does that give the rest of us? As tech and media companies increasingly encroach on the urban realm, the potential for a real big brother style takeover, or at least some really clumsy and inoperable interfaces, are coming.


This first-ever debate at SXSW Eco is finally giving designers, architects and technology lovers and haters alike the chance to speak freely and say together, “Smart Cities are Dumb!” Or maybe not.


Note: Capacity is Limited, Arrive Early

Event Type:
Special Event
Format:
Evening Event

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