In 2021 the African Centre for Cities (ACC), an action-oriented research hub based at the University of Cape Town and UNITAC, the result of a partnership between the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations Office for Information and Communication Technology (UN OICT), and the City Science Lab @HafenCity University in Hamburg (CSL), initiated a collaborative platform for shared research interests under the banner of the Urban Academy. The collaboration is based on a shared interest in unpacking the intersection of technology, society, and cities to examine democratic decision-making, new models of service delivery, and the future of work.
Supported by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, we are delighted to invite you to the official launch of the Urban Academy on the 6 December 2022 that will be facilitated by Nokukhanya Mncwabe, a human rights consultant who enjoys forming, implementing and pulling apart policies and projects, forging friendships across geographies and disciplines, and being a tourist at home (Africa).
WHEN | Tuesday, 6 December 2022
TIME | 15:00-18:00 SAST
WHERE | Workshop 17, 32 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
RSVP | Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Panel one: Introducing the Urban Academy: Smart Cities, Clever Urbanism
In the first panel, partnering directors Edgar Pieterse (ACC) and Gesa Ziemer (UNITAC and City Science Lab) will introduce why thinking about people-centred smartness is important for urban sustainability and justice from their different perspectives.
Panel two: RISE Cities: Different approaches to make our cities more resilient, intelligent, sustainable, and equitable
This interactive panel hosted by RISE Cities explores innovative urban practices in achieving resilient, intelligent, sustainable and equitable solutions and the role of responsible leadership. We are happy to invite the following to share their perspectives and facilitate their reflections:
Resilience – Dr Rudi Kimmie, TSIBA
Intelligence – Saidah Nash Carter, Bright Insights Global
Sustainability – Murendi Mafumo, Kusini Water
Equity – Brian Green, Group 44
Panel three: Young and Online in African Cities: people-centred smartness and urban wellbeing
In the third panel we explore tech-enabled ways of making lives in African cities. The following panellists will bring brief reflections into a wider conversation about what it takes to shape research agendas about the role of technology in urban justice. It is also an opportunity to introduce a new collaboration under the Urban Academy, supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung entitled Young and Online in African Cities.
Rike Sitas – Introduction: Youth in digital city-making
Daanyaal Loofer – From undersea cables to street corners: smart African cities
Alicia Fortuin – Platformization and the future of work
Neil Hassan – Safe queer digital spaces
Liza Cirolia – Techno-ambivalence and socio-technical infrastructure
Hilke Berger – A research agenda for the Urban Academy?