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Global Call for Solutions




How can tech help addressing major challenges while reinforcing the sense of community?

Why is it important?

Metropolitan hubs attract people for many reasons: jobs, family, scenery, or reputation to name a few. But, as the urban population amasses so do the challenges associated with overpopulation. ​It is estimated that a little over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and this percentage will climb to 68% in the next thirty years. Cities come with a variety of opportunities, but also a litany of issues acutely felt within city limits: environmental collapse, income inequality and personal isolation. As urbanization continues to take hold, urban planning strategies must adapt to change soon.

What are we looking for?

  • Digital twins: interactive platforms to capture and display real-time 3D and 4D spatial data in order to model urban environments (cities) and the data feeds within them
  • AR/VR: collaborative tools for design and planning built environment, i.e. creating augmented reality maps, buildings and data feeds.
  • Advanced solutions to better plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical infrastructures and facilities (public & private housing, buildings, utilities, roads, bridges, ports, airports, etc...).
  • Digital identity, Smart contracts & other tech based solutions to enable trust, reliability and transparency among public and private stakeholders in experience industry (tourism, leisure, etc..)

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