Blurring the Lines Between Technologists, Urbanists and Storytellers

Keynote Speaking | Q & A | Panel Discussions

“The divisional concepts of so-called ‘developed or developing cities’ are over-simplistic as they imply that there is a kind of technological end to societal/urban development. Digital tech has only scratched the surface for transforming city life, and as we’re already seeing, tech is enabling entire new patterns of urban experiences to become possible. This literally means that every city on the planet is in hyper development mode. Ironically, it is the so-called ‘developed world’ that has to play major catch-up in urban innovation, because now poorer cities can leap frog ahead of richer ones since they can easily skip the fixed-line tech of the 20th century and move straight to digital tech of the 21st. The biggest example being China’s high-speed rail system that makes America’s look ancient…” – JT Singh

Not afraid to tell it like he sees it, JT Singh is a globally respected voice for shaping the future city world through progressive tech, policies and people-focused design. A rare blend of skills ranging from digital tech, urbanization, emotionally-intelligent storytelling and more – gives JT’s insights unparalleled potency and usability for mobilizing real urban transformation.

A millennial with a highly rare ability to bring together the two biggest levers for improving people’s lives at scale – technology and cities – is what has enabled JT’s keynotes about accelerating cities to influence people ranging from the heads of governments including the city of Tokyo, Shanghai, Jakarta, Seoul, Tianjin, etc and global executives in Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, IBM, Ericson, Cisco, Soft Bank, and many more. Insights are driven by the most up-to-date real-world examples, case studies, data and personal experiences accumulated through deep explorations of hundreds of urban areas worldwide.

Please see three specialized talking topics below. JT can combine elements of each topics as desired. If you are interested in hiring JT, please fill out this form.

  • Talking Topic 1

    The rise of Urbantech: Mega-scaling emerging tech from the tech world to transform city living.

    This conversation will help you:

    -Understand the rate of urban transformation and how to prepare for where it’s going.

    -Understand the set of digital technologies transforming cities from: community platforms, real-time sensors, digital mapping, IoT, autonomous systems, 3D printing, energy storage and more.

    -Understand the emerging characteristics of urban populations and how they are influencing the next stage of urban living patterns.

    -Visualize the emerging range of urbantech players that are hell-bent on shaping a smarter and sustainable urban planet.

    -Identify the wealth of emerging business opportunities for improving the quality of life and sustainability for cities through tech.

    -And much more…

  • Taking Topic 2

    The Art & Science of economically attractive cities: How cities can strategically orchestrate their global magnetism.

    This conversation will help you:

    -Understand the crucial differences between a ‘city brand’ and ‘city branding’.

    -Gain perspective of the intensity of global competition between cities for talent, investment and a range of increasingly mobile economic activities.-Understand the micro and macro factors that influence the reputations of cities.

    -Understand how inadequate urban infrastructure such as slow, inefficient, unreliable transport networks damage businesses, tourism, quality of life and a city’s overall reputation.

    -Learn actionable strategies and tactics for up-leveling urban attractiveness with sustainable and cutting-edge approaches.

    -And much more…

  • Taking Topic 3


    This conversation will help you:

    -JT strictly applies an 80/20 rule, whereby he spend 20% of the time discussing the big picture and 80% providing a steady stream of readily deployable solutions for transforming cities.

    -Gain a ‘solutions perspective’. The global media and conferences constantly highlight problems and totally become clueless when they want to discuss the ways on how society is responding effectively to those problems. After this talk, you will be a solutions-driven person.

    -Explore and understand a multitude of proven urban solutions from: breakthrough technologies, smart policies, practices, behaviour-change campaigns and even low-tech simple fixes.

    -Visualize the emerging range of ‘technologists as solution providers’ from urban sectors such as: transportation, waste management, healthcare, education, construction, energy, food, water, green infrastructure, culture development, and green buildings.

    -And much more…

"Digital innovation is ready to transform city living. A wave of geeks, techies and designers are entering the urbanization services cluster, and aggressively reinventing everything from logistics, housing, transportation, access to healthcare, education, government services and basically everything that civilization is based on." - JT Singh

"Digital technology is now repurposing every major touchpoint of our urban lives. Master resources such as energy, critical services such as healthcare and education, public constructs such as telecommunications and mass transit - all of it will go from heavy infrastructure to light infrastructure or even infrastructure gadgets. Agile market players that are far more quicker and effective than big-resource companies or government agencies are at the centre of this urban revolution." - JT Singh