The City as Platform theme defines how cities are integrating their physical and virtual ecosystems to support community building and drive 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 the identity of our urban centers.
Today, the definition of place is expanding as a shared platform for transformation and value exchange.
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 travel and tourism as a global innovation distribution channel.
Today, I work at Skift developing strategy for travel industry organizations.