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Smart cities tackling community issues

Watch Chris Vas introduce the smart city programs underway in Wellington, Hamilton, and Christchurch.
What about homelessness in communities? If we think about environmental sustainability at the community level, how about all those sodium lamps light up the street at night, which is cheaper but not environmentally friendly or long-term economically efficient. How does a Local City Council running a Smart City program operationalise these efforts? What is the role of community? How does the Council bring in private sector stakeholders? Well, there are ways and means to how Councils have gone about addressing societal problems. Here in New Zealand the Smart City programs underway in Wellington, Hamilton, and Christchurch have taken on some of these community challenges. The following sections capture their experiences.
Make a note of practices they have deployed, as this could help you in your city address similar challenges.

This part of the course sets the context for the week ahead.

Against the backdrop of community challenges and public service expectations such as traffic management, waste management, homelessness or environmental management learn how smart city programs are shaped.


Read the article that discusses how smart city principles and technologies could enable citizen co-creation in public policy-making, consent processing and service provision.

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