SCP E37: The Heart of a Smart City, with Zubin Pratap

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In this episode of The Smart City Podcast, I interviewed serial entrepreneur and Founder of Whooshka.me Zubin Pratap. Zubin tells us more about Whooshka and solving urban congestion and shares his true passion of bringing people back to the heart of a Smart City. We also discuss the importance of standardising data to create boundary-less experiences and breaking down silos by asking why. We have a great discussion about how everyone has a place in the Smart City space and encourage people to get involved no matter their background.

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Quotes:

“the way we experience cities is going to change a lot and should change a lot…and as people are now increasingly living mobile lives, there’s a huge opportunity to for us to change the way we design cities, think about cities and understand how people interact with cities”

“A Smart City is one that has truly managed to use technology to put people back at the front, centre and heart”

“the future of signage…belongs in your device, in your car, in real time and dynamic”

“the risk of action is almost always lower than the risk of inaction”

“we have to stop thinking of failure as a serious consequence but rather it’s just a data point”

What we covered:

  • Zubin’s varied background, interest in technology and founding Whooshka
  • Founding Whooshka and solving unsexy problems
  • Putting humans at the centre of a Smart City
  • Technology playing a role in changing cities
  • Thinking of parking as an information problem and standardising data
  • Bi-direction city information and boundary-less experiences
  • Dynamic digital signage
  • The inventive nature of Australians and changing analog habits
  • Thinking of failure as data point
  • Starting with “why for humanity?” to break down silos
  • Trends and hype
  • Smart Cities being truly multi-disciplinary and stopping self-disqualification

Links:

Whooshka http://whooshka.me

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2018 http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends

Connect:

Connect with Zubin on LinkedIn, Twitter and email zubin@whooshka.me

Connect with me via email: zoe@thesmartcitypodcast.com, Twitter or Facebook@smartcitypod

The Smart City Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.

 

SCP E36: Smart Holistic Solutions, with David Klingberg

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In this episode of The Smart City Podcast, I interviewed David Klingberg who is the Director and Principal at Smart Planning and Design. David and I had a great chat about thinking holistically about delivering solutions and using technology to enable this delivery. We also discussed the Smart City funding that is currently on offer and more that needs to be done in this space to maximise the potential of the Smart City concept and expanding to our regions. I really enjoyed this strategic Smart City conversation.

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Quotes:

“what is it in the digital space that we can use to deliver fantastic physical and other outcomes for our cities? Because that’s what its all about, creating great places for people to live”

“Melbourne and Sydney are both doubling their population in the next 35 years, so we are going to have to become Smarter about that and I really believe technology is part of the answer”

“we need to…ask what do we need and how can we use this technology and these networks to actually deliver more holistic solutions for the city then focus in on the individual projects”

What we covered:

  • David’s background in town planning and creating great cities
  • Working in the Philippines using smart phone data
  • Creating great places and strategic planning
  • Bringing together digital and analog
  • The six elements of Smart Cities
  • Federal Government Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Funding
  • Smart mobility and walkable infrastructure
  • Embracing technology to deal with population growth
  • Thinking of Melbourne as much more than the city
  • Thinking more holistically across Smart Regions and funding models
  • Smart City thinking in Melbourne and increasing the conversation
  • Using technology to influence change and deliver holistic solutions
  •  Building a knowledge base and seed funding
  • Promoting innovation in the regions

Links:

Smart Planning & Design http://smartplanninganddesign.com

Smart City Strategies and Solutions http://www.smartcityss.com/

Federal Government Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Funding https://www.business.gov.au/Assistance/Smart-Cities-and-Suburbs-Program

ASCA’s Australian Smart Communities Conference http://ascaconference.org.au

Connect:

Connect with David on LinkedIn and email davidk@smartplanninganddesign.com

Connect with me via email: zoe@thesmartcitypodcast.com, Twitter or Facebook@smartcitypod

The Smart City Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.

SCP E35: Being a Guiding Hand in Technology, Danielle Storey

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In this episode of The Smart City Podcast, I interviewed the Chief Innovation Officer of Smarter Technology Solutions Danielle Storey. Dani and I follow on from our conversation from ASCA’s Australian Smart Communities Conference. We talk about using technology to solve problems and some of the projects that Smarter Technology Solutions is working on across Australia. Dani also explains how Smarter Technology Solutions came to be, which I loved hearing about. She also speaks about immersing in Smart Cities globally and how we can think of integration as a waltz in order to get the balance right. As well this Dani shares some insights into the emerging trends that she thinks will impact that ways we do things as we move forward in the Smart City Space.

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Quotes:

“I’m really interested in how technology can be used to solve problems in an outcome focused way…[using] technology to solve a issues not technology for technology’s sake”

“collecting all the data is only half the challenge…it needs to lead to an outcome”

“the amount of support, the amount of focus, the amount of vision that individual councils or individual regions have about what a Smart City is or what some of the technology underpinning it can do, drives a level of maturity”

“collaboration is really important, the word I’ve been using is co-creation and [it’s about] understanding each others perspectives and working collaboratively in a genuine sense”

What we covered:

  • Dani’s background in technology and system integration
  • What Smart Cities and Dani’s garage door have in common
  • Remote sensor technology and helping management council’s manage assets
  • Using technology for security, planning, efficiency and sustainability
  • What Smarter Technology Solutions is currently working on
  • How Dani and her business partner Ash Hare started Smarter Technology Solution
  • Being guiding hand in the Smart City space
  • Where Australia sits in the Smart City space and immersing in Smart Cities globally
  • Piloting technology based on understanding certain problems
  •  Crossing over disciplines in Smart collaboration and co-creation
  • The impact technology and integration is having on management and organisation structure
  • The importance of how data will be managed to inform decision making
  • Pulling silos of innovation together

 

Links:

Smarter Technology Solutions http://smartertechnologysolutions.com.au

Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

Connect:

Connect with Dani on LinkedIn

Connect with me via email: zoe@thesmartcitypodcast.com, Twitter or Facebook@smartcitypod

The Smart City Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.