Artificial Intelligence and the City

urbAIn is a series of unique, place-specific, one-day events gathering 100-150 city leaders and innovators to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can and will transform our cities. It is the only global series of events dedicated to the consequences of AI on the city.

Tech companies big and small are coming up with new AI-based solutions that could transform urban life in all aspects: mobility, health, civic engagement, placemaking and energy management, among others.

Some cities, from Dubai to Hangzhou, are clearly positioning themselves as future AI-driven cities. But the reality is that few local governments are actually using the AI tools at our disposal in their daily management and operations. Why? Because we are facing a lack of a multisectorial conversations around AI.

Before cities fully engage with these innovations, we first need to design and conceive the framework of implementation so that companies and academics can bring artificial intelligence to the next level, and cities can improve their services and put their citizens at the center of the framework.

The key objectives of our global series urbAIn are:

  • Exploring the potential benefits and barriers of AI in cities;
  • Creating a space for tech companies, city managers, civil society, and academics to work hand in hand for a better urban future;
  • Design a framework to test and implement AI solutions at the city scale.

The series will dive into some of the most pressing issues related to AI and cities, including:

  • How do we create the “sandbox” to test solutions?
  • How do we scale up best practices in urban AI solutions?
  • How can cities and citizens trust that their data is safe?
  • How to incorporate citizen welfare within business models?
  • What regulations are needed to integrate AI in city services?
  • How do we overcome barriers associated with urban AI?

The first edition of our urbAIn series took place on March 27, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. Click here for more information about the event’s program.

If you are interested in hosting an urbAIn event in your city, please contact Esther Perrin, Project Coordinator at esther.perrin@newcities.org.