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Smart people, smart cities

When: Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Wits Professional Development Hub
Start time:17:30


The Information Systems for Smart Cities in Africa research project presents a public lecture by Professors Jason Cohen and Judy Backhouse.

The research project ran from 2014 to 2016 and investigated the information needs and preferences of residents of Johannesburg and how these needs mapped to the city’s information services. 

This public lecture concludes the project, presenting three of the key themes to emerge from the research. The research highlighted the need to move the Smart City discourse from technology-focused to resident-focused.

Key themes that emerged as specific to our position in South Africa and Africa included how smartness is understood, how smart cities can be inclusive and the importance of trust in developing the Smart City. As an example of an African Smart City solution, Obakeng Morapeli Matlhoko of Sowertech will showcase their Afta Robot smart taxi app and discuss the implementation challenges.

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