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Smart Society Academy – Course on Urban Space

Smart Society Academy
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Become an expert in the field of smart city developments and urban space

Become an expert in the field of smart city developments and urban space - enjoy practical insights into relevant developments in the smart city sector and current technological advances in urban space; learn from experts, visit different places of excellence and gain effective methodological skills and training by working with other practitioners from industry and municipality, enlarge your network and join the movement that will change the future of URBAN SPACE.

The Smart Society Academy provides future smart city professionals from the public and the private sector with applicable knowledge and tools to design, plan, finance, build and operate innovative solutions for smart cities. Based on cutting-edge learning methodologies it combines cloud-based learning with hands-on experience and a maximum degree of interaction to transmit practicable and actionable knowledge and expertise. The large Fraunhofer network of Smart Cities and leading experts in all areas of smart urban development serves to embed the learnings within real-world projects.

The Smart Society Academy provides training and learning for specialists and executives in the private and public sector. It is directed at three key user groups:

a) technical and executive personnel in city administrations and municipalities
b) managers and business developers in private sector companies
c) specialists and executives in municipal companies (housing, transport, energy, waste etc.)

In a 6-month course participants are provided with insights on both cross-sectional topics, such as social inclusion, environmental benefits and economic opportunities of Smart Cities, as well as covering in-depth insight in the relevant technological areas:

  • Cross-sectional topics: covering an introduction to the smart city concept, current trends and developments, a general technology review, citizen engagement processes, financing the smart city and innovative and traditional procurement.
  • Specific technological insights: focusing on a particular smart city technology, the application areas, status quo and developments, main players and case studies.

The course contains three 3-day sessions for practical hands on experience and learning accompanied by an array of distance learning modules. In on-site sessions, the participants are invited to a city/location that has unique experience in the realization and application of technologies in URBAN SPACE. The experience is however not limited to visiting the sites but rather focusses on hands-on experiencing the technologies. You will for example use different types of sensors and apply them in existing living labs, get to know the algorithms and standards behind urban sensoring, design concepts for your personal applications using Nature Based Solutions and quantify the impact of external factors on Smart Water Infrastructure. In addition, creative sessions will help you to develop new insights and practical guidelines together with the other participants from the public and private sector.