Urban Innovation 1: Sustainability and Technology Solutions

An introduction to innovators and initiatives in urban sustainability and connected technology: smart cities & transport
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Identify some key themes in urban innovation and sustainability
Understand the complexities of urban innovation and sustainability challenges
Know several real world examples of urban innovation, particularly related to smart cities and transportation


  • No prior knowledge or preparation is necessary to start this course.
  • Lectures range from 8-20 minutes in length. It is ideal to set aside enough time to watch at least one full lecture at a time.
  • Please bring your sense of curiosity!


This course is an introduction to various innovators and initiatives at the bleeding edge of urban sustainability and connected technology. It focuses on real world examples within two key themes - smart cities and transportation - as a way to look at the challenges and practical responses related to urban sustainability.

Course material is based on case studies, seminars, and conference sessions from the Meeting of the Minds international network and annual summit. Lectures are presented by topic experts and presentation slides and other helpful resources are included where applicable.

Optional multiple choice quiz questions follow the lectures for those students wishing to test their new knowledge or obtain a course completion certificate. No commitment is required to do the entire course. Students can proceed at their own pace and may view as many - or as few - of the lectures as they choose.

This course was developed with support from Cubic Transportation Systems, a leading integrator of payment and information solutions and related services for intelligent travel applications. Cubic delivers integrated systems for transportation and traffic management, delivering tools for travelers to choose the smartest and easiest way to travel and pay for their journeys, and enabling transportation authorities and agencies to manage demand across the entire transportation network – all in real-time.

"Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions" (part 1 and 2) was created by Christina Olsen for Meeting of the Minds.

Who this course is for:

  • General interest learners new to urban sustainability and innovation
  • Existing urban sustainability and technology practitioners
  • Other urban and technology professionals who have not yet applied innovation or technological solutions to city sustainability challenges
  • Those wanting to learn specifically about challenges and opportunities related to urban transportation and smart cities


Global knowledge sharing platform on urban innovation
Meeting of the Minds
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Meeting of the Minds is a global knowledge sharing platform based in San Francisco, CA.

Since it was founded, Meeting of the Minds has been dedicated to a singular proposition: bring together a carefully chosen set of key urban sustainability and technology stakeholders and gather them around a common platform in ways that help build lasting alliances. We believe that such a platform is a vital ingredient for smart, sustainable and equitable urban (re)development strategies.

Meeting of the Minds focuses on the innovators and initiatives at the bleeding edge of urban sustainability and connected technology. Through our blog, magazine, webinars, monthly meetups, workshops, roundtables, and an annual summit held each fall, we invite international leaders from the public, private, non-profit, academic and philanthropic sectors to identify innovations that can be scaled, replicated and transferred from city-to-city and across sectors.

Among the thousands of international leaders who participate in the Meeting of the Minds network are innovators scaling-up practical urban solutions in infrastructure, policy, design, equity, technology, energy, mobility, water, finance, and more.

Now in its 9th year, our annual summit brings together 400+ opinion-shapers, policy-makers, leading thinkers and innovators from all over the world for 2+ days of intensive immersion in thought leadership and cross-sector development.

Meeting of the Minds is an initiative of Urban Age Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

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