This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Within a generation, we are seeing a global race to live in cities and the explosion of big data. How do these two mega-trends intersect? Listen to this talk to: see how technology will help to transform our cities for the better, to challenge your preconceptions on the primary beneficiaries of big data, and to explore the inviting concept of the urban information marketplace
Jen Hawes-Hewitt is a cities geek. A long-time strategy consultant, she is the founding member of the Global Cities practice within Accenture – a leading global Strategy, Digital and Technology company. She invests her time in understanding what makes cities tick and how new technologies, particularly big data and analytics, can help cities to overcome their many challenges, cultivate their digital economy and become vibrant and sustainable places to live, work and play.
Jen works around the world, with leading cities (old and new) on digital transformation topics. She has completed several digital city masterplans and collaborated on several projects with the Professor Ratti of MIT’s Senseable Cities Lab. In 2011, she co-authored thought leadership entitled “Information Marketplaces: The New Economics of Cities”. She has supported the World Economic Forum’s, Future of Urban Development programme and the British Standards Institute’s development of a Smart City Framework. In December 2014, she contributed a speech to the UK Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities, entitled “The Role of Cities in the Information Age”.