Smart cities are already here, in forms that include urban sensors, responsive architecture and data-driven decision making. There is now a unique opportunity to ensure that as Boston embarks on its own smart city evolution, its local communities have a seat at the table from the very beginning. By establishing a framework that allows them to effectively collaborate with the technology sector and city government, Beta Blocks will ensure that a smart Boston works for everyone.
Beta Blocks is a scalable, flexible and re-usable platform for engaging city residents on issues of urban technology and data. With municipal support we were able to set up 4 Exploration Zones, where smart technologies could be temporarily installed for the purpose of public questioning and reflection.
The Beta Blocks report documents the process of implementing a community-centered smart city process in Boston, including results and recommendations for organizations wishing to replicate the process in the future.