Simon Fraser University

Technocity: Equity, Innovation, and the Rush of Smartness (Free lecture and webcast)
March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.

Across the planet, cities are turning toward sensors and algorithmic technologies to mitigate and curtail social and environmental risk, to produce efficiencies, security, and economic potential in everyday life. In 2018, the City of Vancouver will join the Canada Smart Cities Challenge, a competition for $50 million to use "data and connected technology” to produce “meaningful outcomes for residents.” In this Larry Bell Urban Forum on March 1, Vancouverites will have an opportunity to discuss this competition and general calls for urban innovation. The forum will be composed of a panel of distinguished guests, including those with direct experience in implementing urban technology solutions as well as urban scholars and commentators.Opening comments: Matthew W. Wilson, associate professor of geography, University of KentuckyJessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer, City of VancouverSean Simpson, IT director, City of SurreyPanelists:Jessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer, City of VancouverColleen Hardwick, CEO of PlaceSpeakShannon Mattern, associate professor of Media Studies, The New SchoolGillian Rose, professor of human geography, University of OxfordSean Simpson, IT director, City of SurreyElvin Wyly, professor of Geography, University of British ColumbiaAndy Yan, director, SFU City Program Register for the Lecture and webcast here: The Larry Bell Urban Forum is made possible by a generous donation by Larry Bell to the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia.