Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Meeting Mayors & Seeing Things Differently In Songdo

An absorbing second day at the New Cities Summit – Thriving Cities – seeing a range of new things, and seeing some things differently!

Apart from stimulating content, it’s been terrific to meet mayors from cities around the world as diverse as Bethlehem in the Middle East and ¬†West Sacramento in California.

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We discussed the prospect of crowdsourcing fixing the democracy deficit in many cities, with start up UK company Spacehive already underway.

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We looked at how established businesses need to change and what start-ups need to do more to contribute better to urban development.

We looked at how brand new digital new cities are tracking, and how new technology is changing data understanding.

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We also had start-up innovation businesses present. Including SafetiPin an app which lets citizens help make communities safer.

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