Building The Cities Of Tomorrow: 5 Emerging Trends

Building The Cities Of Tomorrow: 5 Emerging Trends

12-Sep-2016 by Christo Thekkel

Today, cities around the world are seen as the engines of sustainable economic growth. This growth is strongly linked to their power to tackle economic, social and environmental issues in a holistic manner, whilst making the most of emerging technology. Hence, contemporary cities are increasingly looking for smart and flexible solutions to save energy, improve livability and boost a sustainable urban economy.

The 10 startups from the Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living 2016 accelerator program have created innovative solutions to enable cities, organizations, and homes to become more intelligent, interconnected, and efficient. The PwC & Startupbootcamp trend report captures the 5 emerging trends that are shaping the living conditions of tomorrow.

Read the full report – Fuelling Disruption: Smart City & Living 2016 Trend Report

1. Simulated Reality

The power of augmented and virtual reality includes immersing users in curated surroundings, replicating cities and living environments. It overlays contextual information into the physical environment of the user. These technologies are still in the early stages of development, but rapidly advancing.

The startup involved: theConstruct

2. Smart Home & Living

Smart homes use tools such as control systems and energy management systems. These technologies facilitate users and service providers to better track, control and reduce their use of resources and demand for other services. Smart living makes the lives of inhabitants easier, more comfortable and efficient, with minimal impact on the environment.

Startups involved: twingz, de Vinderij

3. Smart Travel & Mobility

Smarter travel and mobility aims at optimizing services through modernization of the current transportation infrastructure. Thus, achieving the goals of enhanced mobility at optimum cost, improved safety, low emission levels, reduced fuel consumption, and economic competitiveness within city transport networks.

Startups involved: CANARD, Cabture, PARKEAGLE, Quicargo

4. Smart Engagement & Connected Experience

New technologies also change the way we engage and connect with digital and physical experiences. Going forward we have to use digital technology to engage with users in a smarter way, taking the best of the online and offline worlds. The Future of Engagement includes an immersive experience for the end-user, offering something new, innovative, and exciting.

Startups involved: Virgla, MyStay

5. Smart Working

The digital revolution is reshaping the way we live our lives and the way we work. Success in the digital world demands new ways of thinking, especially when it comes to talent. Workers with the most in-demand skills are creating a ‘gig economy’, where they’re in control of where and when they work. Organizations, in turn, are rethinking their talent mix and exploring the potential of talent-driven organizations.

The startup involved: Nuklius

Opportunity for Engagement

These 5 trends will reshape the Smart City & Living space as they continue to evolve. Hence, it also becomes a good opportunity for engagement for your organization. Let’s take a collaborative approach and fuel the next wave of disruption, together!

Read the full report – Fuelling Disruption: Smart City & Living 2016 Trend Report

Christo Thekkel is a Senior Consultant at PwC Consulting. He has functioned as an Intrapreneur in Residence at Startupbootcamp and has been awarded "The Most Valued Mentor Award" for the Smart City & Living 2016 program.