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ESI ThoughtLab gathered benchmarking data from 100 cities, conducted in-depth interviews with city leaders, and drew on valuable input from a cross industry coalition of leading firms and research organizations. This study provides an evidence-based roadmap that cities can use to become vibrant, hyperconnected urban centers of the future. We hope that cities will find it a valuable tool for planning ahead.
"Public leaders understand that digital transformation is the key to success. However, many struggle with how to accomplish it when they are faced with complex infrastructures, multiple platforms, the need for different types of data, and customized technological applications. Across the board, the research tells us that the cities that overcome these challenges are the ones that recognize the greatest benefits."
-Susan Wilkinson, Director, Business Strategy, Smart Cities, Microsoft
Research Coalition: Sponsors and Research Partners
Building a Hyperconnected City was sponsored by a cross-industry coalition of companies that specialize in urban innovation and development. Each organization is an expert in its own field and would be happy to share its perspectives on the research and best practices for your city.
ESI ThoughtLab was also fortunate to have a group of distinguished research partners that provided valuable inputs and guidance throughout the process. Their blend of perspectives ensured an insightful and balanced view of the issues that urban centers face as they strive to interlink their urban ecosystems.
We would like to thank our sponsors and research partners for helping us develop this groundbreaking study.
Cities Jump on the Bandwagon to Benchmark their Smart Investments and Performance
The list of cities which participated in our benchmarking program are listed below in alphabetical order. All cities that involved can receive a free, comprehensive database showing how their smart investments, plans, and outcomes compare with other cities around the world.
"Hyperconnected communities are the art of the possible—future cities that offer vast improvements in the quality of life for citizens and huge potential for efficiencies across government and the connected ecosystem."
-William Baver, Vice President, Smart World Team, NTT DATA
"Listening to communities about their needs and then incorporating their ideas info solutions is crucial—often the best thinking comes from residents."
-Nancy MacDonald, Vice President, Urban Places, Stantec
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