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CitiSense 2014: Towards Human-Centered Smart Cities

January 9, 2015

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  • CitiSense focuses on open innovation and developing practical solutions based on smart technologies
  • The CitiSense 2014 conference helped attendees learn how to implement new and emerging approaches for urban management
  • The conference was first organized in 2013 with the goal of promoting 'Innovation from within'


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Cities will have a major role dealing with the critical challenges of the 21st century: climate change and other environmental threats; high consumption of non-renewable resources; economic development; growing populations; and aging infrastructures. Technology is setting a new landscape of possibilities for fostering these improvements and making cities more accessible, manageable, communicative and citizen-minded.

To help convene a global community to face these challenges, the World Bank and partners hosted hundreds of stakeholders - including city and municipal leaders, urban and energy specialists, and technologists - at the second annual CitiSense conference in Barcelona on November 16-17, 2014. CitiSense14 preceded the 2014 Smart City Expo World Congress, which convened thousands of visitors, speakers, and experts sharing the latest innovations for cities.

For those who want to catch up with what happened at CitiSense, this web page will host pictures, presentations and videos of the speakers. Content will continue to be updated, but you can get started by clicking a resource on the "Related" column on the left side of this page.