By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. How will cities supply these populations with basic resources like safe food, clean water, and sufficient energy, while also ensuring overall economic, social and environmental sustainability?
The convergence of smart devices with big data and the internet of things offers an opportunity for cities to reimagine how they provide municipal services to growing populations. Sensors and smart city infrastructure can provide information about the local municipality, easy access to public transportation, intuitive navigation aids, and user-friendly tools for civic participation. Vast amounts of information on virtually any topic are now accessible, at any time, through personal devices.
How can digital technologies and sensor data make cities more livable for their citizens, especially those that are disadvantaged? Such users include those:
Possible services that could be addressed are as varied as:
Proposed solutions should have supporting evidence and/or a strong rationale for their validity. Approaches that can be demonstrated are of particular interest, but ideas are welcomed too. A prize purse of $25,000USD will be shared among the top innovators. Winners will travel to Germany to present their solutions at Deutsche Telekom’s annual Innovation Day forum in September 2018. This exciting opportunity will introduce the winners to the broader technical community within Deutsche Telekom. Additionally, winners may be invited to develop their solution with Deutsche Telekom’s engineering team.
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