The session focused on what key practitioners think “smart city” means in a South African — or specific city — context.
We looked at illustrations that applied (and even problematised) the concept, but also ones that began to give a sense of where we could be going with this idea. How can various actors in the civic tech space (techies, entrepreneurs, industry players, community residents, public duty-bearers, academics, etc.) contribute to smarter cities?
Smart Cities expert: The World Bank
No is a senior ICT consultant at international ICT consulting company, NICON Company, LTD. He participated in several international projects on the introduction of electronic government, organization of one-stop-shops, creation of administrative platforms on information exchange, improving services to the citizens, standardization, and re-engineering of business processes. He was supporting the World Bank with the several Smart City projects. He previously served as a consultant for the World Bank projects.
Malinga is the Managing Director of SqwidNet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dark Fibre Africa. He has been involved in the information technology and the telecommunications industry for over two decades. Before joining SqwidNet, Malinga was the Head of Software Development and IT Application Strategy at Life Healthcare Group.
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