Govtech ecosystems, defined as ecosystems composed of startups, scale-ups and digital SMEs with solutions developed for public institutions, are already a reality in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). These governments need innovation, technology, and new ideas to be able to respond to the expectations of their citizens, an especially urgently need in the current pandemic … [Read more...] about Govtech Ecosystems in Latin America: innovation focused on improving services to citizens
A smart city puts people at the center of development, incorporates information and communication technologies into urban management and uses these elements as tools to stimulate the design of a government that includes collaborative planning and citizen participation. By promoting integrated and sustainable development, smart cities become more innovative, competitive, attractive and resilient, thus improving lives. Learn more by reading our blog and downloading this publication.
It seems clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has created great challenges in the life and governance of our cities. However, these challenges are not the same for all the inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean. The pandemic has hit the most vulnerable in particular. A part of the population of our cities, which sometimes tends to be unnoticed, are migrants. Migrants … [Read more...] about How can Artificial Intelligence give a voice to vulnerable populations?
Over the past few months, as the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, urbanists around the world have begun the process of reimagining what cities can and should look like post-pandemic. At the IDB Cities Network, several of our webinars in our series focused on municipal management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean focused on the future of … [Read more...] about The Power of Urban Storytelling
Shortly before the explosion of a global crisis generated by the COVID-19, in the well-known "2020 Consumers Electronics Show" (CES), Akio Toyoda, C.E.O. of the automotive giant Toyota, unveiled his plans to build the "City of the Future" near the mystical Mount Fuji, in an area of approximately 70 hectares, in a factory due for closure. The initiative is called "Woven City" in … [Read more...] about Cities of the Future: Between Dreams and Nightmares about Ideal Urban Planning
In the previous blog Analyzing and improving access to culture we told the story of the Pase Cultural program evaluation. Behind that story is an open code tool that was key in analyzing the big, complex datasets generated by the program. The tool, called Georeferenced Program Evaluation (GPE), was designed for detailed geospatial analysis to measure the effectiveness of a … [Read more...] about Behind the scenes: Big Data analysis for public policy