We live in real-time, technologically enhanced cities.
Explore the sweeping changes that our cities are undergoing as a result of networks, sensors, and communication technology.

About The Course

We are part of the 'TechniCity'. The increasing availability of networks, sensors and mobile technologies allows for new approaches to address the challenges that our cities face. The way we understand cities is undergoing sweeping transformation, right along with the analytical tools we use to design our cities and the communication tools we use to engage people. Absorbing, studying and understanding the role of technology from a critical viewpoint allows us to generate creative ideas for improving our cities. 

This course begins by examining how our cities are changing. We then jump into how technology is used to engage with the public to support decision-making and the creative ways that every-day people are using technology to improve their cities.   Students will be examining tools for analyzing the city. Then we move into exploring the fascinating ways that cities are using real-time, technology. You'll hear from technological innovators and thought leaders about all of these topics. You will get to engage around a topic you are most interested in to create a project in your own city.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a statement of accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructors.

Other than an Internet connection, what resources will I need for this class?

If you have an up-to-date web browser and a decent internet connection you are ready to be part of the real time city.

What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

You'll learn how the combination of sensors, networks, and engagement work together to create real-time cities that support more than half of the global population.

Recommended Background

While there is no specific prerequisite knowledge to take this course, this course is targeted for students at an upper undergraduate or graduate level of education. This course is accessible to non-technical students. The final project will be structured to allow all participants to creatively engage their wide ranging skills, whether they be technical or non-technical.