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Panel: Digital Transformation

11:30 am
October 24, 2023

Moderated by:

Giulio Cescato
Director of Planning and Urban Design
City of Markham


Patrick McCormick
Patrick McCormick
Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Department
City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Dave Buchanan
Dave Buchanan
Director, Public Sectors, Canada
Teppo Rantanen
Teppo Rantanen
Executive Director, Growth, Innovation, and Competitiveness
City of Tampere

Session Summary

Prepare to be immersed in a captivating discussion on "Digital Transformation" as our esteemed panel of experts delves into the dynamic interplay between reality and utopia in the context of urban evolution. This session will explore how governments are leveraging technology to improvise public services, establish learning hubs, and address the myriad challenges and opportunities that arise in the digital age.

Reality v.s. Utopia:

Engage in a thought-provoking dialogue as our panel navigates the spectrum between reality and utopia in the realm of digital transformation. Delve into the realm of possibilities and aspirations, examining how cities are striving to bridge the gap between idealized visions and pragmatic implementation. Gain insights into the transformative potential of technology while considering the practicalities of integration within existing urban landscapes.

Governments Improvising Services:

Uncover the pivotal role of governments in driving digital transformation to enhance citizen services. Explore innovative strategies adopted by forward-thinking administrations to streamline processes, improve access to essential services, and foster a more inclusive society. Our panelists will share success stories and challenges faced in the quest to create efficient, citizen-centric digital ecosystems.

Creating Learning Hubs:

Discover the emergence of learning hubs as catalysts for urban innovation and skill development. Explore how cities are harnessing technology to create vibrant centers of knowledge dissemination, nurturing a culture of continuous learning and upskilling. From online platforms to interactive workshops, our panel will shed light on the diverse range of learning opportunities that empower citizens and contribute to thriving communities.

Challenges and Opportunities:

Engage in a candid conversation about the multifaceted challenges and opportunities presented by digital transformation. Our experts will dissect complexities such as data privacy, digital divide, and cybersecurity while highlighting the potential to foster economic growth, social inclusion, and sustainable urban development. Gain insights into how cities are navigating this evolving landscape and proactively addressing these challenges to unlock the full potential of the digital age.

Join us in this enlightening session as we explore the transformative impact of digitalization on urban living. From envisioning utopian ideals to navigating real-world complexities, this panel promises to be a riveting exploration of the role of technology in shaping the cities of today and tomorrow.

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