Harvard University Course - Future Cities

September 21 – 22, 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 second program is: Future Cities.  The city of the future is digital, environmental, and socially friendly. This is the time to prepare and take advantage of the possibilities. The opportunities are endless.  Cities--new and old, large and small-- are looking for ways to differentiate themselves in these rapidly changing times. Environmental and social externalities, technology and innovation will serve as the catalyst for economic growth, enhanced security, improved sustainability and next-generation experiences, thereby changing the way we work, live, learn, and play.

The ‘Future Cities’ program will explore how to build such collaborative eco-systems and instill lasting change for our future cities. This program will explore the technology trends and tools that underpin the digital transformation of our communities and delve into the environmental and social impacts to be taken into consideration when re-imagining the future of a city. You will emerge from the class with the framework necessary to define and pursue “purpose” through the use of innovation with the help of all relevant stakeholders.

Cost: $1,250 USD

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Event Tags:  Applications, Best Practices, Cisco, Collaboration, Connectivity, Engagement, Events, Implementation, Infrastructure, Innovation, Internet of Things, Strategic Planning, Sustainability, USA