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The Second Annual Larry Bell Urban Forum: where Vancouverites will have the chance to exchange thoughts on the Canada Smart Cities Challenge.

Technocity: Equity, Innovation, and the Rush of Smartness

Across the planet, cities are turning toward sensors and algorithmic technologies to mitigate and curtail social and environmental risk, to produce efficiencies, security, and economic potential in everyday life. In 2018, the City of Vancouver will join the Canada Smart Cities Challenge, a competition for $50 million to use “data and connected technology” to produce “meaningful outcomes for residents.”

In this Larry Bell Urban Forum, Vancouverites will have an opportunity to discuss this competition and general calls for urban innovation. The forum will be composed of a panel of distinguished guests, including those with direct experience in implementing urban technology solutions as well as urban scholars and commentators.

Opening comments:
Matthew W. Wilson, associate professor of geography, University of Kentucky
Jessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer, City of Vancouver
Sean Simpson, IT director, City of Surrey

Panelists:
Jessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer, City of Vancouver
Colleen Hardwick, CEO of PlaceSpeak
Shannon Mattern, associate professor of Media Studies, The New School
Gillian Rose, professor of human geography, University of Oxford
Sean Simpson, IT director, City of Surrey
Elvin Wyly, professor of Geography, University of British Columbia
Andy Yan, director, SFU City Program

 

Thursday, March 1

7-10 pm

SFU Harbour Centre 

Regular Admission: $5. Buy tickets on Eventbrite. Students are free with valid student ID but must reserve seats on Eventbrite

Webcast: Free but reservations required. Reserve seats on Eventbrite