Can Technology Change The Consciousness of a City? (Abhay Adhikari - England)
we often wonder about our relationship to technology? Are we moving in a good direction or bad? How does tech influence our identity as humans? How does it affect our relationship to the environment around us? Does it create better cities? Or more complicated societies?
Abhay Adhikari will be flying in from the UK to explore with us if technology can change the consciousness of a city?
Two years ago Abhay and his team set up an Urban Innovation Lab to create a blueprint of a Smart City where technology doesn’t pit humans against algorithms. Through this, their working to answer the following questions: How do you co-produce solutions with vulnerable communities? Is there a business model that can sustain these solutions at scale? And what does success really look like? Focusing on the themes of social isolation, domestic violence, public transport and climate change. “We've discovered that when you work in close collaboration with local communities and governments, technology has the power to change the consciousness of a city” - Abhay Adhikari
Abhay will be doing a doing a talk, exploring this idea with practical examples and insights from the past 2 years.
Abhay Adhikari (PhD) is interested in the context and values that define our Digital Identities. He works globally with private and public sector organisations to develop digital engagement and innovation projects. Abhay has created strategic programmes that have been commissioned by organisations such as the Guardian, Google and Nesta. He also leads the Urban Sustainable Development Lab, which was named as one of UK’s 50 radical-thinking projects by the Observer newspaper. Abhay has a research background in biofeedback gaming, he has previously conducted mindfulness workshops in Japan. He has spoken on digital culture at events such as TEDx, FutureEverything, Shift Happens and Battle of Ideas.