ASTANA ECONOMIC FORUM
May 18th
14:00 — 15:30

GVA Kazakhstan

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Urbanization
Round table
ARE PEOPLE BORN SMART? URBANTECH IN DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING CITIES
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As they concentrate the majority of the world’s population and economic activities, megapolises are naturally becoming a testing ground for mass adoption of new technologies. Development companies, together with municipal authorities and technology corporations, are creating urban neighbourhoods and entire cities where “smart” technologies – innovative construction materials, the “internet of things,” and IT in the transport and public utilities fields – are being integrated even in the construction phase. Even as these cities are using their technical infrastructure to outpace historical urban centres, which developed over the course of centuries but are only now starting to integrate similar “smart” solutions into their environment, these new developments are encountering unexpected problems of their own. What are the pros and cons of creating cities “from scratch?” How is the concept of “smart” cities evolving, and what will it look like in the near future?

Leonardo da Vinci
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