The “City as a Platform” theme defines how cities are integrating their physical and digital ecosystems to drive community building and inclusive economic growth.
The city of the future is an interoperable platform designed around shared values. It connects the public and private sectors with local resident and visitor communities to leverage the collective knowledge of their networks.
Traditionally, cities have been defined by place. How we interpret place informs our identity.
Today, the definition of place is expanding as a shared platform for connecting people with like-minded visions.
Meaning, cities represent an evolution from place to platform.
Most of my career has focused on tourism and urban development. A few years ago, a professor at the House of Logistics & Mobility in Frankfurt told me:
"The city of the future is an interdisciplinary knowledge sharing machine."
That was a defining conversation that shifted how I contextualize the tourism industry as a global innovation distribution channel.
Today, I work at NEXTFactor Enterprises and Skift, developing strategy for travel industry organizations.