Motivation for 2022
By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. So how we develop the cities of the future will be very decisive for our quality of life. Business, society, governments, civil society organizations and citizens are called upon to work together in cooperative processes to achieve ambitious goals to make cities more competitive, safe, resource-efficient, resilient, and inclusive.
The main themes are affordable and livable housing, connected infrastructure, resource management, accessibility of public spaces, smart transport, and smart buildings. Information systems play a central role here for data-driven smart city and living space development. Examples such as Barcelona – one of the first European cities to adopt smart city technologies – successfully demonstrate this.
Success lies in open data and opportunities for participation. ICT increasingly means not only the use of technologies but also the structure of processes and participation.
Our theme of Smart cities and human settlements is inspired by SDG 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. The ideas should address the key themes of SDG 11.