Right to the Smart City: Designing for Public Value and Civic Participation Symposium & Workshop took place at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Harvard University on March 22-23, 2018.


We want to explore the role of civic engagement in the "smart city" conversation by surfacing principles, best practices, and creative experiments that involve the public in the design and sustainability of the technologically smart city.

Our goal is to further develop the collaborative aspects of smart citizens — framing issues of access, equality, social justice, and precarity as core to smart development. The time for critical work toward more civic smart cities is now, as technological and ideological frameworks are already being built into the digital and physical infrastructures of cities across the world.


We are convening a symposium + workshop over 1.5 days.

Over the course of a day and a half, we will go through case studies presentations, roundtable discussions, and a design charrette. Participants come from diverse backgrounds, including public sector, civic activists, scholars, IT industry, and funders.

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