Smart Cities: Focus areas that matter in Switzerland

The world is seeing unprecedented growth and demographic shifts. Innovative solutions are changing urban environments and the way we live. By 2050 it is expected that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities and  for the first time in human history, there will be more elderly people than young children. Therefore, building sustainable cities and managing urban resources effectively is becoming a very important task in the 21st century.

The use of digital technologies like the Internet of Things represents a huge opportunity to overcome such urban challenges. A Smart City is an urban area that has become more efficient, more environmentally friendly, more sustainable and more socially inclusive through leveraging such technologies. Smart Cities are more attractive cities – they are built around users and designed to optimize resources: They use information and technology to monitor and collect relevant data about streets, buildings, water, traffic, energy usage, transportation or the air. By making better decisions and developing or adding city services based on this data cities become a healthier place to live, visit and do business in.

In Switzerland, we can find some initiatives that promote smart cities, such as the recent premier edition of the Make Zurich hackathon or the SmartSuisse conference. This year, Kickstart Accelerator has a new vertical on Smart Cities to accelerate high impact, entrepreneurial solutions in the following 9 Focus Areas: Building, Citizen Engagement, Education, Energy, Healthy Living, Mobility, Operations & Infrastructure, Tourism and Urban Planning.

 

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The world of architecture and construction is changing at a fast pace: there are now new materials being used that increase the energy efficiency in buildings. Concepts such as “smart homes”, “sustainable design” and “disassembly and deconstruction of buildings” or “building management systems” are becoming more popular, and the rise of “smart buildings” is now a reality. Have you ever thought of an idea that reduces workplace cost, improves the usage of public buildings or helps minimize the environmental impact of the building lifecycle?

The focus areas outlined above all play a key role to develop the cities of the future. If you have a great idea and would like to bring your startup to the next level, take a look at the Kickstart Accelerator program, one of Europe’s largest zero equity, multi-corporate accelerators. Apply before April 30th and find more details at https://kickstart-accelerator.com/