Harvard University Course - Digital Buildings

June 28 – 28, 2017
8:00am – 5:00pm

Event Overview

We live in turbulent times characterized by rapid change, largely triggered by the fourth industrial revolution. We've seen computerization and automation allow us to rethink business processes and outcomes since the 80's. Since 1994, we've seen the Internet change how we communicate, collaborate, and transact. Now, we're seeing the Internet of Things and digital transformation redefine businesses, consumption models, and experiences all over again.

The changes seem to come faster and appear to be bigger. For our latest generations this all has merely become common practice and it is simply "the way it is". Older generation, legacy processes, and existing businesses (cities included) are trying to keep up and quickly figure out how to embrace this change for the improvement of customer service and experiences, workforce productivity, business operations, and business purpose (is what we do even still relevant in today's digital world?)

Financial institutions, hospitals, retailers, manufacturers, educators (etc) are reaching for digital capabilities and innovative practices to help them optimize and redefine their business in an effort to stay relevant and grow their business and bottom-line in times of change. A similar digital transformation and innovation lens needs to be applied to our urban fabric. The cities in which we live, learn, work, and play; the infrastructure that moves goods, people, water, electrons, and data; as well as our built environment, will all need to be modernized in order to face the new and increased expectations, and be ready for an age of continues (and digital) disruption.

Two 2017 programs that are announced by Harvard GSD Executive Education deal exactly with this. The courses are designed for city planners, administrators, designers, builders who want to be informed about digital capabilities and innovative practices that will reshape our urban landscape, and are looking for tools that can help them define and shape a digital journey and guide them along the way.

The first program is: Digital Buildings.  Learn about the digital technology and innovation that will change the way we look at buildings forever. Create dynamic, responsive, and efficient spaces in which future generations will thrive. Everything in our buildings is, or soon will be, connected to the Internet. Explore how to build a networked intelligent building and how to take advantage of advanced analytics to increase its performance.

Cost: $850 USD

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Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School campus


Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School campus

Event Tags:  Buildings, Cisco, Connectivity, Events, Global, Implementation, Infrastructure, Innovation, Internet of Things, Sustainability, USA