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W19


The Role of Innovative Technologies in the New Urban Normal 
Convenor:
Angela Sarafian (AI 4 Development Agency)
Chair:
Angela Sarafian (AI 4 Development Agency)
Discussant:
Angela Sarafian (AI 4 Development Agency)
Stream:
Technology & innovation
Format:
Workshop
Sessions:
Friday 8 July, 11:50-12:30 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

The workshop engages with the current and potential impact of technological innovation (i.e. AI, IoT, Big Data, Blockchain, etc.) on the future of resilient, sustainable, inclusive, just and equitable urban development, allowing for multi- and cross-disciplinary academic and practical inquiry.

Long Abstract

The COVID19 pandemic with its manifold reverberations has decidedly altered the global developmental dynamics. The triggering of incongruous centrifugal forces serves to reiterate and reinforce the urgency to address the progressively more dire issues of sustainable and just development in our diverse stakeholder capacities as public institutions, private entities, community networks and single human individuals. It is imperative we explore and understand the drive for change and technological advances that have proved to have a steeper innovation curve than ever, harnessing the youth demographic potential in urban development as the most active social group in urban areas, due to education and employment-related migration. Moreover, the demographic trends in urbanization have a direct linkage to the exponentially disruptive role of emerging technologies.

The workshop on "The Role of Innovative Technologies in the New Urban Normal" delves into the current and potential impact of technological innovation, namely AI, IoT, IoB, Big Data, ML and Blockchain on the future of urban development. The overlay of the three thematic pillars of exploration "Urbanization - Society - Technology" allow for multi- and cross-disciplinary academic and practical workshop exchanges in relation to the creation of adaptive, resilient, sustainable, inclusive, just and equitable urban environments. The workshop aims at engaging in a discourse on the topics of emerging technologies in the urban setting post COVID19 and examine the role of technology in its unfurling- both as a potential conduit of threads as well as a very promising means for positive socio-economic, political, and environmental innovation.

Accepted contributions: