Smart Cities

Smart Cities: Utopia or Dystopia?*

Date: Time: 13:00 Location: Cz 7, Cobbenhagen Building, Tilburg University

The 2010s have been all about Big Data and Data Science; the 2020s might just be the decade of Smart Cities and the re-imagining of our urban environments. Event about the development and future challenges of creating Smart Cities. (language: English)

Time: 13:00-17:00 hrs. 
 Admission is free, but registration is required. See also Facebook.

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The impact of data science to our urban lives

New technologies and data science methods allow companies and governments to impact our lives in a number of ways. In the next few years, it seems that urban environments in particular will be developing faster than ever. Most of the initiatives concerning Smart Cities use information- and communication technologies to optimize safety, mobility and sustainability. In other words: if these technologies are implemented properly, we will all benefit.

Who will benefit?

So the question is how to implement properly: how do we set up Smart Cities in such a way that we create value from data for all stakeholders? Or is it perhaps a little too utopian to believe that we can build a Smart City where governments, companies and individual residents of the city are all winners? Can we have our cake and eat it?

Moreover, with Smart Streets, Smart Sidewalks and Smart Shops, who is really getting smarter? The people, the government, or the already increasingly powerful tech companies?

Make the gains outweigh the costs

If recent experiences with technological advances have taught us anything, it is that there is always a cost. More data collection may perhaps offer governments the opportunity to enforce public safety, it may allow companies to offer better and more customizable service, but it also puts our personal privacy and freedom at risk. In the case of Smart Cities, how can we make the gains outweigh the costs?

Recent developments & future challenges

Join us at our symposium on February 5, where various professors, researchers and industry specialists give us their take on the recent developments and future challenges of creating Smart Cities.
More information on the speakers will follow soon.


This event is organized by Academic Forum and Data Science Association Pattern.

Contact: Annelieke Koster (Academic Forum).

* This event may count towards the Academic Forum Certificate.