Cities around the world are creating and deploying smart city strategies. It is time to take stock and review what is happening worldwide. Future Cities Catapult is striving to shed light on what smart city strategies mean in practice, and how they differ across the world.
Our global research programme is conducting interviews and research through investigating cities from vastly different geographies and societies. Our ambition is to look under the skin of the smart city narrative in these cities, to understand how cities are making progress on the ground, and how their context affects the steps they need to take. We want to give cities the knowledge, tools and confidence to create a strategy that is right for their city.
Our first report, produced in collaboration with Arup, will be published this summer. To produce this report we interviewed officials in twenty cities and brought together researchers, officials and experts in three events including at Smart City Expo. With this publication, we will give city leaders insights into how they can begin their smart city journey.