Messing around with Technology, Urbanism and Art

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A millennial with a rare ability to bring together the two biggest levers for changing people’s lives at scale – technology and cities – is what fuels JT’s body of work. His globally recognizable projects ranges across a multitude of disciplines with seemingly effortless creative wisdom, bringing together a keen understanding of  digital-technology, regulation-innovation, human-focused design, high EQ storytelling, global issues, sustainability and much else besides. His uniquely holistic work-flow gives JT’s insights unparalleled potency and usability for real-world impact.

Not afraid to tell it like he sees it, JT’s hard-earned insights about societal-scale innovation has influenced 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, Mori and many more. Deep 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 agglomerations worldwide.

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  • Talking Topic 1

    The rise of Urbantech: Mega-scaling emerging tech 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 creating sticky 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

    Solving complex global problems the 21st century way

    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 or ‘just-around-the-corner’ solutions for transforming cities.

    -Gain a ‘solutions mindset’. 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 see that there is a solution for everything, and usually tech is the answer.

    -Explore and understand the various breeds of 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

"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