Smart City Expo: Twitter Round-Up
By Amy Winner
In the movies, our futuristic society is portrayed in two common ways. First, we have the Children of Men reality — a gritty, every-man-for-himself, cultural and societal breakdown. Second is the friendlier, happier future as illustrated by The Jetsons, where cheerful robots clean, we commute by flying car, and our cities float above the clouds. When it comes to our hopes for the future, we would probably all choose to share George Jetson’s reality, but hopefully below the clouds with lush forests and beautiful beaches.
The recent Smart City Expo in Barcelona focused on ensuring that happy, thoughtfully-designed future. A global showcase of technologies and ideas for creating the next generation of cities, the Smart City Expo brought together delegates from governments all around the world, infrastructure giants, and creative startups.
As our world population grows, cities are becoming more dense. And, with natural and financial resources at a premium, city planners and officials need to get creative. During the three solid days of seminars and sessions, global leaders in technology and innovation shared their view of what we need to do build a favorable future.
Over the next two weeks, I will be sharing my reflections and what I learned while attending the conference.
In the meantime, to give you a snapshot of the topics discussed at Smart City Expo, here is a round-up of popular tweets from the event.