This week we're announcing the first wave of companies joining our newly formed partnership programme. We'll be working closely with five businesses who’s work aligns with our vision of creating more inclusive, democratic, human led cities.
Civic technology, or civic tech, enhances the relationship between the people and government and is the term given to any form of innovative technology used in the public sphere to impact society positively.
The concept of Smart Tourism is defined by the European Union as a destination facilitating access to tourism and hospitality products, services, spaces and experiences through ICT-based (Information and communications technology) tools. By investing and developing these resources a city's intelligence is strengthened and visitor engagement enhanced.
The growth of urbanisation has placed increased demand on infrastructure and services such as transportation, water/sanitation, energy, and civic projects. As cities continue to expand and demographics diversify, it has become challenging for governments, on a local level, to make informed decisions representative of the local population.
Any excitement over developments in technology is usually reserved for labour-saving gadgets, automatism, and future utopias. Often overlooked is civic technology, which has the potential to have an overwhelmingly positive impact on our lives through expanding democracy and increasing citizen engagement.