Smart cities
Smart cities

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Smart cities

5 End-of-course round-up

In this final video, Lorraine says goodbye as the course comes to a close.

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Well the team and I hope that you've got a lot out of this course, that you've learnt some new things about how cities are using technology and that you feel better prepared to participate in the creation of smart cities. You can find out more about smart cities on the internet and by now you should have a good idea about the search terms you can use. We are also providing links to OU materials if you want to find out more about studying our courses in Computing and IT, Environmental Science, or Systems thinking. Thanks and goodbye.
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The links to OU materials Lorraine refers to in the video can be found in the section called ‘Where next?’ at the end of this week.

The purpose of the course has been to help you to navigate your own path through the complex landscape of smart cities, exploring the role of technology and data in cities, and learning how you can participate in the creation of smart cities.

Week 1 looked at what smart cities are and different smart city definitions. You explored the challenges and opportunities cities face and compared different cities’ approaches to becoming smart.

Week 2 introduced you to systems thinking and wicked problems. You also looked at some core elements of smart cities that are key to your amrt cities project.

Week 3 explored the role of citizens in the design and planning of smart cities, and how to make them more inclusive. You learned about design thinking, living labs and crowdsourcing citizen ideas, as well as how to use them to co-create your smart cities project.

Weeks 4 and 5 introduced you to lots of smart city initiatives, generating ideas for your smart cities project. You heard how cities are future-proofing, using smart infrastructure and technology. You examined the role of open, closed and shared data, and you debated the challenges of privacy and security. You also learnt about the smart cities market and how to finance your smart cities project by exploring the impact of the data economy, hackathons and digital social innovation.

Week 6 looked at why leadership and partnerships are important for smart cities. You examined the value of different approaches to developing smart city strategies and roadmaps and standards. You also prototyped your smart cities ideas.

Week 7 introduced you to the role of standards in developing effective smart cities strategies, the management of risk and data integration. You started to use the Smart Cities Project Business Model and explored lessons learned from existing smart cities.

Week 8 concluded the course and you learned about smart city metrics and indicators, exploring evaluation frameworks and value proposition, which helped you to complete your smart cities project. You also heard about smart city learning and education case studies, and looked at the future for smart cities.


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