Meeting of the Minds took a few moments to talk with Herrie Schalekamp about new working relationships between researchers and paratransit operators in South Africa and beyond. Herrie is the ACET Research Officer at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Transport Studies. In addition to his research, teaching and consulting in the fields of paratransit and public transport reform he is involved in specialised educational programmes for paratransit operators and government officials. Herrie’s activities form part of a broader endeavour to investigate and contribute to improved public transport operations and regulation in Sub-Saharan African cities under ACET – the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport.
Prototyping the Future 2016: Greener Smarter Cities, Discount Ticket; Conference, Expo, and Job Fair on October 28-29, 2016
UIX Global is pleased to support Meeting of the Minds 2016 in our shared goals of helping to make cities smarter, greener, and more resilient. In conjunction with MOTM 2016, UIX Global will be hosting our Prototyping the Future 2016 Conference, Expo and Job Fair on October 28th and 29th. How can city governments, corporate citizens, and talented entrepreneurs work together to realize their highest aspirations of creating healthy, vibrant, and modern communities driven by the most promising emerging technologies? PTF 2016 will focus on the practical aspects of how municipal scale energy microgrid/smartgrid initiatives will help build momentum toward a future of distributed renewable-sourced power generation, as well as all of the sustainable economic development benefits that will accompany this transformation. In addition, the conference will touch on the related topics of:
- Future / Smart Cities
- Mobility and Transit Oriented Development
- Automation & Workforce Development
- Advanced manufacturing
- VR and AR applications for city planning,urban design, and governance
- Urban Art and Creative Culture
- Shared Purpose; Civic / Community Engagement
MOTM 2016 participants are invited to extend their conference experience and join PTF 2016 on Friday and Saturday at the special discount rate of $75 using the discount registration code MOTM2016 accompanied by your MOTM 2016 conference badge. If possible, please sign up early so that we can have an accurate count for lunch, but please feel free to show up on Friday morning with your badge and we will find a way to accommodate you. As part of the conference you are also invited to participate in our Saturday workshops, where you will have a chance to roll up your sleeves and work with your colleagues on how to implement the groundbreaking ideas that inspired you during the previous days. Are you looking for a job in a topic-related field? Saturday will also feature a curated Job Fair where you can meet local employers and some of the forward-thinking corporate partners who are driving public-private partnerships for civic change. We hope to see you there!
For the PTF 2016 Job Fair, submit your resume: email@example.com
Job Fair Employers can register at: LINK
Leave your comment below, or reply to others.
Read more from the CityMinded.org Blog
Spotlighting innovations in urban sustainability and connected technology
Brownfields are sites that are vacant or underutilized due to environmental contamination, real or imagined. There are brownfields of some kind in virtually every city and town in the U.S., usually related to a gas station, dry cleaner, auto repair shop, car dealership or some other ubiquitous local business that once benefited the community it now burdens with environmental hazards or old buildings.
In addressing this issue, technology has not been effectively deployed to promote redevelopment of these sites and catalyze community revitalization. We find that the question around the use of technology and data in advancing the redevelopment of brownfields is twofold:
How can current and future technology advancements be applied to upgrade existing brownfield modeling tools? And then, how can those modeling tools be used to accelerate transformative, sustainable, and smart redevelopment and community revitalization?
Across the country, urban parks are enjoying a renaissance. Dozens of new parks are being built or restored and cities are being creative about how and where they are located. Space under highways, on old rail infrastructure, reclaimed industrial waterfronts or even landfills are all in play as development pressure on urban land grows along with outdoor recreation needs.
These innovative parks are helping cities face common challenges, from demographic shifts, to global competitiveness to changing climate conditions. Mayors and other city officials are taking a fresh look at parks to improve overall community health and sense of place, strengthen local economies by attracting new investments and creating jobs, help manage storm water run-off, improve air quality, and much more. When we think of city parks holistically, accounting for their full role in communities, they become some of the smartest investments we can make.