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Week 3: Smart citizens


This week you will explore the role of citizens in the design and planning of smart cities, and you will see how smart cities can be designed to be more inclusive. You’ll hear about design thinking and how to use it to co-create a smart cities project. You’ll also be introduced to living labs and crowdsourcing.

You will define your own smart city problem, building on the rich picture you created in Week 2. Make sure that you note down your thoughts in the Smart Cities Project Ideas Template so that you can refer to them again next week when you investigate smart city infrastructure, technologies and data.

You’ll have realised by now that it’s easy to get distracted by the wealth of resources and sites in the field of smart cities.

Watch the following video in which Lorraine launches the focus of the week.

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • explain different methods of engaging citizens in the design and planning of smart cities
  • describe how the design thinking process can be used to co-create a smart cities project
  • explore ways in which smart cities can be designed to be more inclusive.