Smart Cities Never Sleep

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Thanks to Hoboken-native Frank Sinatra, New York City is known as the “City That Never Sleeps.” In fact, most modern cities never sleep. Today’s metropolises function as 24-hour economies, offering opportunities for entertainment, transportation, business and shopping from dusk till dawn. Life after dark has become a realm of technological and social innovation that offers billions in yet-untapped economic potential, and smart, data-driven solutions promise an even larger portion of the population will be able to participate.

But the 24-hour economy comes at a cost; there are issues surrounding transportation and supply of goods and services, public safety and equal access, uses of space and housing. This workshop will bring international stakeholders from industry, academia, government and the public to discuss how cities should be thinking about nighttime planning and how data, innovative approaches and digital solutions can support the social, cultural and economic activities that occur after dark.

Discussion topics may include but are not limited to:

Public safety

Equal access and diversity

New business models (sharing, multi-use)

Impact of smart mobility solutions

Off-hour delivery and freight

Sensing technologies for nighttime mobility

Spatio-temporal patterns of nighttime mobility

Autonomous transport

Short range and micro transportation (ride shares, e-bikes and scooters)

 

Tentative Schedule (subject to change):#

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION TO NIGHTTIME

What is the impact and value of different aspects of nighttime activities in New York?
09:00 – 09:30: Registration
09:30 - 09:50: Keynote speaker
09:50 - 10:10: Q&A with the audience


SESSION 2: NIGHTTIME MOBILITY IN NEW YORK CITY

What are the unique urban mobility patterns and needs in New York during nighttime?
10:10 – 10:20: Keynote speaker
10:20 - 10:50: Moderated roundtable discussion + Q&A with the audience
10:50 - 11:05: Late Coffee Break


SESSION 3: EQUITY DURING NIGHTTIME

How can opportunities during the nighttime be made accessible to everyone equally?
11:05 - 11:15: Keynote speaker
11:15 - 11:45: Moderated roundtable discussion + Q&A with the audience
11:45 - 12:45: Lunch


SESSION 4: NIGHTTIME SAFETY IN NEW YORK CITY

How do we ensure, and through which measures that nighttime activities in New York are and remain safe for all participants?
12:45 - 12:55: Keynote speaker
12:55 - 13:25: Moderated roundtable discussion + Q&A with the audience
13:25 - 13:45: Coffee Break


AFTERNOON SESSIONS

13:45 – 15:30: Moderated workshops around the 3 topics – Mobility, Equity, Safety with a focus to define concrete use cases/urban challenges that could be further developed through applied research
15:30 – 16:30: Presentations of results and next steps
16:30 – 17:00: Q&A with the audience
17:00: END OF CONFERENCE

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