Skip to main content

Did you know that Smart Cities are all about Women ?

A smart, knowledge based economy is the basis of an evolutionary society. Smart cities are not the buzz words that they may be determined to be by many skeptics.Smart cities pave a way to a safe, smart urban environment- the tenets of which are based upon knowledge, information and learning.

Not only it is necessary to identify the different ways women live in a city, but also to underline the active role a woman can have.  

We live in an urban world. Our cities contain more than half of the world's  population, and in the next few decades, a huge part of the population will gather up in conurbation.

This urbanization process is brought to complex dynamics, in terms of economic and social environmental impact. 

The concept of “smart city”, in its resultant sense means an urban environment which is able to actively operate in order to improve the quality of life of all stakeholders in the process. 

The smart city is able to conciliate and satisfy citizens, business and institutions exigencies.
Cities that do not share intelligence, technology, information, knowledge, environment and people are sans basic resources and unlivable by this very definition. 

Intelligence is therefore key.

However, the transformation of an urban cluster into a smart city will not happen only through high technological interventions. A smart city needs to be rethought with a long term view and with an integrated approach. 

There is no "smart" in an environment without intellectual capital. 

At the crux of the smart city challenge there is the need for establishment of a new kind of common good, a big technological and intellectual infrastructure able to put into communication human and objects, completing information, but, above all, there is the intelligence generation and the creation of inclusion, with the goal of improving our everyday life.

When we talk about “smart cities”, we talk about intelligent residents.  So, from the social point of view, the main role of the human and relational capital is key to the successful impact for smart cities.

A smart city is a city where its community has already learned how to comprehend, innovate and be flexible, with particular attention to the achievement of social inclusion of its people and to the participation of  its citizens in the urban developing and planning process.

The scientific, technological and economic process needs to be combined with a new way of thinking which is inclusive towards science, technique and its ultimate use cases. 

To make this happen, a huge investment will need to done in competency development. These competencies are not only basic but scientific, technological and knowledge based proficiency.

Women represent more then a half of the market and their buying power is considerably high. 80% of the worlds' purchase decisions and power to influence decisions are women dependent.

Women carry decision making, education, nurturing, discipline and adoption at the core of their skill set, a very important task if we think about the future generations. In a highly urban renovation view, where adoption is key,  it means  that the possibility of having a good vehicle to transfer information to the youngest is primary to its success. Can a smart city plan dare to leave the impact and influence of women out of its purview? Definitely not.

Women  are critical  to  the adoption of a  complex vision. 

They are critical to inclusion in diversity in a smart city and to permit the arrangement of a recommendation plan in order to promote an intervention action with the goal of creating a foundation which is necessary to design processes of co-planning, worthy of a smart and a more inclusive city.

My favorite instance for this is that unless women get involved in building products and services that they use themselves, the perspective on better utilization and adoption of a knowledge and smart infrastructure will be extremely biased towards the needs of only the men. The cure for women having heart attacks was administered based on research done on male rats. Till women themselves got involved in the R&D process, it was never realized that the administration of drugs to a woman's body is a different scientific process. 

The inclusion of women is primary to the cause of smart ecosystems. Women will be the 80% of decision makers and influencers, they will also be 50% of direct users and in charge of smart decision making for their homes and families. This is the time for women to come forward to take charge of the ecosystem that can change their lives.

The Women in STEM Smart City Hackathon. Build Smart Apps for Women.

On Feb 18-19, 2016, Dubai will host women who will be the front runners in building smart ecosystems from the perspective of women. Register to be there whether you have technical skills or not. There is a role for everyone at 

Popular posts from this blog

The Clock is Ticking : BACKWARD FOR WOMEN

Sometimes it is just a customary sound; but a movement that takes us backward; instead of steering us forward.

2017 and 2018 have been the most regressive years in the progress of women. 

Since Trump became the President of the United States of America, a new culture of suppression of women rights has unleashed worldwide.  He has slowly degraded Women Rights by attacking fair pay legislation, defunding reproductive rights and changing the definition of violence against women. His attitude towards women is evident from the way he treats women and his objectification of the whole gender. In response, the women rights movement has revived itself, only to become negative and vicious.

No one wins when we have to fight. It is still a pity that we have to wave flags, march, hoist posters and commemorate each other on this day every year. We should not have to. 

The global economy could be enriched by about $160tn (£120tn) if women earned as much as men. 

No Zaghari-Ratcliffe should have to be in …

How should you deal with Bullies ?

It could be someone you know or someone you barely know. Bullying is the act of directing aggressive, intimidating, or threatening behaviors that are directed at an individual with the intent to cause physical or emotional harm.

Bullying can take on a variety of forms and can be in-person or through the use of electronics and technology, called cyberbullying. While this list isn’t exhaustive, you may be a victim of bullying and/or cyberbullying if someone: Subjects you to verbal taunts aimed to embarrass or humiliate youManipulates you into giving up possessions or money for fear of harm or embarrassmentPushes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise physically harms youSends and/or forwards to others any insulting emails, texts, videos, photos, or social media posts that are derogatory or untrueImpersonates you on social media to embarrass you or share your private informationUses electronic messages (texts, Facebook posts, etc.) with angry or threatening languageWhat can you do?
Bullies are weak p…

Avaya is out of its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy . I remember our first Avaya Project

Those were the days! Being one the largest resellers and specialists for Avaya Customer Interaction Centers and then their Distributors was just another story.

I was going over my old archives and came across the first time we won the Project of the Year Award for delivering the most impossible software and hardware integration of a customer interaction center in 90 crazy days and nights in Doha. I don't think the team slept for more than a year. We wouldn't go back home for days and live in fear of downtime ad infinitum, ad nauseum. The cost per minute of downtime was $60,000.

There were no weekends, there were no vacations. All we knew was to deliver this most important opportunity of our lifetime.

When we did get the time; we would get into monopoly warzones in the employee housing to keep sanity or watch pirated dvds of Prison Break and nonstop  Keifer Sutherland's 24.

It was just a never-ending spiral to build a company, to work so hard to beat a market that had never…