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September 2020

Embracing Austerity: How Will Cities Innovate?

September 30, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Via Zoom Video Conferencing
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Cornell Tech Urbanist-In-Residence Anthony Townsend leads a conversation with Sascha Haselmayer, the founder and CEO of CityMart and a New America Foundation fellow, to discuss how cities can empower social entrepreneurs to co-produce government innovation.

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October 2020

The Platform Insurgency: Does Urban Tech Have an Ethics Problem?

October 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Via Zoom Video Conferencing

Cornell Tech’s Helen Nissenbaum and Anthony Townsend convene a panel discussion featuring Molly Turner from UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, UNStudio’s Ren Yee, and Gary Johnson from the New York City Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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November 2020

Did We Get It Right? The Making of A Ten-Year Urban Tech Forecast

November 17, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Via Zoom Video Conferencing

In this roundtable Anthony Townsend and Benjamin De La Peña take us on a guided tour of A Planet of Civic Laboratories: The Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion, a ten-year forecast commissioned in 2010 to inform philanthropic efforts to use big data as a tool to help the urban poor.

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December 2020

Defending Density: The Future of Urban Systems in New York

December 15, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Via Zoom Video Conferencing
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Urban Tech Hub Director Michael Samuelian will lead a conversation with local real estate, transportation, and economic development leaders on the future of enhanced urban systems and New York City’s neighborhoods.

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March 2021

The Ghost Road: AVs and Urban Mobility Markets

March 24 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Via Zoom Video Conferencing

This session will draw upon Anthony Townsend's 2020 book Ghost Road: Beyond the Driverless Car to reveal what we can learn from past technological transformations of urban transportation as we consider the prospects for digital mobility markets and how automation could radically reshape roles, rights, and responsibilities for everyone involved.

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June 2021

Critical Technologies: Urban Tech for Social Impact

June 9 - June 10
Via Zoom Video Conferencing

Critical Technologies: Urban Tech for Social Impact A Collaborative Symposium of the Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech, Cornell University and the Technion  The ongoing pandemic highlighted long-standing social inequalities. These inequities have manifested themselves in various ways and along multiple fracture lines (e.g. race and ethnicity, class, and disability) leading to limiting access to opportunity and public space in cities. Despite mounting inequality – and although theory, social research, and policy indicate the need for more equitable urban environments…

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