Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions

An introduction to innovators and initiatives at the bleeding edge of urban sustainability and connected technology.
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

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" was created by Christina Olsen for Meeting of the Minds.

What are the requirements?

  • 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!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • 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

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Section 1: Start here
02:15

Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions
Course 1: Smart Cities and Transportation

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. 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.

Lectures are presented by topic experts who were speakers at the Meeting of the Minds conferences. Some longer lectures have been split into multiple parts and should be viewed in their order listed. Presentation slides and other helpful resources are included with lectures where applicable.

To enhance learning, several short optional multiple choice quiz questions follow each lecture (or at the end of each multiple-part lecture). A course completion certificate is available to anyone who completes the entire course by viewing all lectures and completing all quizzes.

Students who only want to focus on certain themes or lectures are most welcome to do only that. No commitment is required to do the entire course. The information is provided here for you so please feel free to view as many - or as few - lectures as you like. Proceed at your own pace and come back to the course whenever you like.

To start the first lecture, please move to Section 2 ... have fun!


Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions course series

Course 1: Smart Cities & Transportation: www.udemy.com/urban-innovation

Course 2: Urban Social Equity: www.udemy.com/urban-innovation-2


Section 2: Smart Cities
08:42
    (Part 1 of 2)

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is no longer a distant vision. Cisco calculates that the Public Sector can realize up to $14.4T in economic value from IoE by 2024 and IDC recently predicted IoE technology and services revenue will grow worldwide from $4.8T in ‚12 to $7.3T by ‚17. The epicenter of these seismic shifts is originating and accelerating in cities on nearly every continent. Connecting people, processes, data and things is trans- forming how cities deliver urban services, collaborate and become more relevant to their citizens. Big Data analysis is driving more efficient, faster and cost-effective processes that improve traffic, parking and waste management while reducing energy consumption, costs and even crime. Synergies with business, healthcare providers and education have a multiplier effect that enhances quality of life in our metropolitan centers. More and more real-world use cases emerge weekly. It's clear that the Internet of Everything is proving to be the most innovative and beneficial disruption to how we live, work, play, and learn than the Internet itself. In this talk, we will learn how the value of the Internet of Everything can be unleashed today and tomorrow.

  • Speaker: Wim Elfrink: Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco Systems


"The Internet of Everything Changes Everything: Driving New Business Models for Urban Services" was recorded at the 2014 Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit.
14:15
    (Part 2 of 2)

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is no longer a distant vision. Cisco calculates that the Public Sector can realize up to $14.4T in economic value from IoE by 2024 and IDC recently predicted IoE technology and services revenue will grow worldwide from $4.8T in ‚12 to $7.3T by ‚17. The epicenter of these seismic shifts is originating and accelerating in cities on nearly every continent. Connecting people, processes, data and things is trans- forming how cities deliver urban services, collaborate and become more relevant to their citizens. Big Data analysis is driving more efficient, faster and cost-effective processes that improve traffic, parking and waste management while reducing energy consumption, costs and even crime. Synergies with business, healthcare providers and education have a multiplier effect that enhances quality of life in our metropolitan centers. More and more real-world use cases emerge weekly. It's clear that the Internet of Everything is proving to be the most innovative and beneficial disruption to how we live, work, play, and learn than the Internet itself. In this talk, we will learn how the value of the Internet of Everything can be unleashed today and tomorrow.

  • Speaker: Wim Elfrink: Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco Systems


"The Internet of Everything Changes Everything: Driving New Business Models for Urban Services" was recorded at the 2014 Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit.

Internet of Everything Quiz
4 questions
10:30

(Part 1 of 2)

DTE Energy and Itron have developed a partnership to provide new technologies to the energy industry. DTE Energy partners with private companies and public agencies on customer and employee mobile apps, visual inspections with UAVs, and advanced collaboration platforms - each with a sharp focus on improving services for customers, engaging employees, and activating the region. Itron is working with utilities around the world, implementing next-gen technologies - big data, sensors, Internet of Things, etc. - to where it's most needed with the goal of accelerating the transformation of key services.

  • Speaker: Russ Vanos, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Itron
  • Speaker: Steven Baker, IT Strategist and Innovation Enabler, DTE Energy


"Breaking Down the Silos: DTE Energy's Partnership with Tech Innovators" was recorded at the 2014 Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit.
10:33

(Part 2 of 2)

DTE Energy and Itron have developed a partnership to provide new technologies to the energy industry. DTE Energy partners with private companies and public agencies on customer and employee mobile apps, visual inspections with UAVs, and advanced collaboration platforms - each with a sharp focus on improving services for customers, engaging employees, and activating the region. Itron is working with utilities around the world, implementing next-gen technologies - big data, sensors, Internet of Things, etc. - to where it's most needed with the goal of accelerating the transformation of key services.

  • Speaker: Russ Vanos, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Itron
  • Speaker: Steven Baker, IT Strategist and Innovation Enabler, DTE Energy


"Breaking Down the Silos: DTE Energy's Partnership with Tech Innovators" was recorded at the 2014 Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit.

Breaking Down Silos Quiz
4 questions
15:29

Mr. Miller was appointed in 2012 as Chair of the Council of Canadian Academies' Expert Panel on the Potential for New and Innovative Uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Greening Canada. With the Expert Panel's final report expected to be publicly released in the spring of 2014, Mr. Miller presented the audience with a glimpse into the Council's Expert Panel process and discuss the Panel's approach and key challenges in assessing the evidence used in response to its charge.

Speaker: David Miller - President & CEO, World Wildlife Fund, Canada; Former Mayor of Toronto, 2003-2010

"Potential Uses of ICTS for a Greener Canada" was recorded at the 2013 Meeting of the Minds conference in Toronto.

Potential Uses of ICTS Quiz
5 questions
10:34

(Part 1 of 2)

Wireless connectivity is revolutionizing the way people live and interact with each other. Advances in wireless technologies such as 3G, 4G and WiFi have enabled the proliferation of connected devices at affordable price points. People now expect Internet connectivity anywhere they go. The result is that mobile data traffic continues to grow at an astounding rate every year. How can wireless providers continue to increase network capacity in urban cities? This presentation will look at innovative ways of deploying wireless capacity using a dense network of very small cells, reducing energy consumption and urban space requirements for cell sites and antennas.

  • Speaker: Matt Grob, Chief Technology Officer, Qualcomm


"The Mobile Internet Transformation – Meeting Network Capacity Needs of Cities" was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

12:00

(Part 2 of 2)

Wireless connectivity is revolutionizing the way people live and interact with each other. Advances in wireless technologies such as 3G, 4G and WiFi have enabled the proliferation of connected devices at affordable price points. People now expect Internet connectivity anywhere they go. The result is that mobile data traffic continues to grow at an astounding rate every year. How can wireless providers continue to increase network capacity in urban cities? This presentation will look at innovative ways of deploying wireless capacity using a dense network of very small cells, reducing energy consumption and urban space requirements for cell sites and antennas.

  • Speaker: Matt Grob, Chief Technology Officer, Qualcomm


"The Mobile Internet Transformation – Meeting Network Capacity Needs of Cities" was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

Mobile Internet Transformation Quiz
2 questions
16:34
From the most recognized symbol of New York City, to the streets of Boston and San Francisco, find out how cities are building a sense of community, while lowering their energy costs and environmental impact through smart LED lighting technologies. Philips Lighting Director of City Innovation Suzanne Seitinger talks about the digital revolution in lighting and how it is helping cities to redefine themselves with practical examples from Boston, New York and San Francisco.
  • Speaker: Susanne Seitinger, Director of City Innovation, Philips Lighting


“From the Empire State Building to the Bay: The Energy Costs and Environmental Impacts of Smart Lighting” was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

Energy Costs and Impacts of Smart Lighting Quiz
3 questions
Section 3: Transportation
17:01
Across the world, major cities are faced with ongoing pressure to meet the challenges of population growth, congestion and pollution. That is why the demand for more efficient, more accessible and more environmentally-friendly mobility solutions has never been greater. The route to success relies on electrification, but one that integrates seamlessly into the urban core. As a global leader in passenger rail transportation, Bombardier has developed expertise and technology that can now be expanded to support and sustain the electrification of major transportation sectors and can help growing and dynamic cities transform the landscape of e-mobility.Speaker: André Thibault - Head of Product Management, Bombardier Transportation North America"Transforming the Landscape of E-Mobility" was recorded at the 2013 Meeting of the Minds conference in Toronto
Transforming the Landscape of E-Mobility Quiz
4 questions
18:12
In 2012, Regional Plan Association brought together the chief executives of public- transportation agencies from New York, Los Angeles, São Paulo, London, Hong Kong and seven other world cities for a candid, off-the-record dialogue. What strategies and technologies are transit executives adopting to improve their systems? What obstacles do they face?Speaker: Juliette Michaelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Regional Plan Association"What's On the Minds of the Leaders of the World's Top Transit Agencies?" was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.
What's on the Minds of Transit Leaders Quiz
2 questions
13:08
    (Part 1 of 2)

One stream of mobility innovation is already bringing advanced technology to our roads. Autonomous driving means much more than robotic cars who know your name and your designation. A long list of 'intelligent transport systems' are maturing and converging — and they're bringing to drivers a menu of new options that help to reduce city congestion, increase safety and facilitate vehicle flows. What does it all mean for the future of cities as we know them?

Speaker: James T. Pisz - Corporate Manager, North American Business Strategy, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

"Autonomous Driving in the Urban Environment" was recorded at the 2013 Meeting of the Minds conference in Toronto.

08:14
    (Part 2 of 2)

One stream of mobility innovation is already bringing advanced technology to our roads. Autonomous driving means much more than robotic cars who know your name and your designation. A long list of 'intelligent transport systems' are maturing and converging — and they're bringing to drivers a menu of new options that help to reduce city congestion, increase safety and facilitate vehicle flows. What does it all mean for the future of cities as we know them?

Speaker: James T. Pisz - Corporate Manager, North American Business Strategy, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

"Autonomous Driving in the Urban Environment" was recorded at the 2013 Meeting of the Minds conference in Toronto.

Autonomous Driving Quiz
5 questions
17:23

(Part 1 of 3)

Some of the fundamentals in urban transport and urban energy are shifting. Dramatic changes are already underway in some of the world's major cities. Many of those changes could, in time, help to create a positive future. Under what conditions could government policies and corporate practices accelerate a beneficial outcome at the other end of the transition? How can we make sure that the impending urban transformation becomes a net positive for all citizens, up and down the socio-economic spectrum?

  • Moderator: Gordon Feller, Director, Cisco & Board Co-President, Meeting of the Minds
  • Speaker: Niel Golightly, Vice President External Affairs, Americas, Shell
  • Speaker: Nihar Patel, Vice President, North American Business Strategy, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.


"Dancing with Giants: Two of the World's Biggest Companies Embrace the Future" was recorded at the 2014 Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit.

13:34

(Part 2 of 3)

Some of the fundamentals in urban transport and urban energy are shifting. Dramatic changes are already underway in some of the world's major cities. Many of those changes could, in time, help to create a positive future. Under what conditions could government policies and corporate practices accelerate a beneficial outcome at the other end of the transition? How can we make sure that the impending urban transformation becomes a net positive for all citizens, up and down the socio-economic spectrum?

  • Moderator: Gordon Feller, Director, Cisco & Board Co-President, Meeting of the Minds
  • Speaker: Niel Golightly, Vice President External Affairs, Americas, Shell
  • Speaker: Nihar Patel, Vice President, North American Business Strategy, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.


"Dancing with Giants: Two of the World's Biggest Companies Embrace the Future" was recorded at the 2014 Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit.

10:41

(Part 3 of 3)

Some of the fundamentals in urban transport and urban energy are shifting. Dramatic changes are already underway in some of the world's major cities. Many of those changes could, in time, help to create a positive future. Under what conditions could government policies and corporate practices accelerate a beneficial outcome at the other end of the transition? How can we make sure that the impending urban transformation becomes a net positive for all citizens, up and down the socio-economic spectrum?

  • Moderator: Gordon Feller, Director, Cisco & Board Co-President, Meeting of the Minds
  • Speaker: Niel Golightly, Vice President External Affairs, Americas, Shell
  • Speaker: Nihar Patel, Vice President, North American Business Strategy, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.


"Dancing with Giants: Two of the World's Biggest Companies Embrace the Future" was recorded at the 2014 Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit.

Dancing with Giants Quiz
4 questions
19:47
    (Part 1 of 3)

What exactly do the practitioners — working on the front lines — think about the role of new technology, telematics, market demands, shifting consumer preferences, and the viability of new options for car sharing? Is the traditional rental model of car sharing the future or is peer-to-peer the next frontier? Does the EV revolution really fit into the car-sharing model? What challenges remain as the core obstacles to car sharing as a solution to urban congestion and localized air pollution? This workshop will delve into the potential for car sharing to transform the mobility and pedestrian experience of cities as well as their carbon footprint.

  • Moderator: Bill Reinert, National Manager of Advanced Technology for Toyota Motor Sales, USA
  • Speaker: Paul Hedtke, Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
  • Speaker: Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare
  • Speaker: Mark Norman, President, Zipcar
  • Speaker: Susan Shaheen, Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley


"The Successes and Failures of Car Sharing – What's Next?" was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

17:39
    (Part 2 of 3)

What exactly do the practitioners — working on the front lines — think about the role of new technology, telematics, market demands, shifting consumer preferences, and the viability of new options for car sharing? Is the traditional rental model of car sharing the future or is peer-to-peer the next frontier? Does the EV revolution really fit into the car-sharing model? What challenges remain as the core obstacles to car sharing as a solution to urban congestion and localized air pollution? This workshop will delve into the potential for car sharing to transform the mobility and pedestrian experience of cities as well as their carbon footprint.

  • Moderator: Bill Reinert, National Manager of Advanced Technology for Toyota Motor Sales, USA
  • Speaker: Paul Hedtke, Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
  • Speaker: Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare
  • Speaker: Mark Norman, President, Zipcar
  • Speaker: Susan Shaheen, Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley


"The Successes and Failures of Car Sharing – What's Next?" was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

19:57
    (Part 3 of 3)

What exactly do the practitioners — working on the front lines — think about the role of new technology, telematics, market demands, shifting consumer preferences, and the viability of new options for car sharing? Is the traditional rental model of car sharing the future or is peer-to-peer the next frontier? Does the EV revolution really fit into the car-sharing model? What challenges remain as the core obstacles to car sharing as a solution to urban congestion and localized air pollution? This workshop will delve into the potential for car sharing to transform the mobility and pedestrian experience of cities as well as their carbon footprint.

  • Moderator: Bill Reinert, National Manager of Advanced Technology for Toyota Motor Sales, USA
  • Speaker: Paul Hedtke, Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
  • Speaker: Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare
  • Speaker: Mark Norman, President, Zipcar
  • Speaker: Susan Shaheen, Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley


"The Successes and Failures of Car Sharing – What's Next?" was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

Car Sharing Quiz
3 questions
Section 4: The Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions course series
02:22

This course has been a look at the challenges and practical responses
related to urban sustainability through the themes of smart cities and
transportation.  For those interested, a separate course in this series
focuses on real world examples within another key urban theme: social
equity.

Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions course series

Course 1: Smart Cities & Transportation: www.udemy.com/urban-innovation

Course 2: Urban Social Equity: www.udemy.com/urban-innovation-2



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Instructor Biography

Meeting of the Minds, Global knowledge sharing platform on urban innovation

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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