Civilization depends on you. (No pressure.)
Keynote Speaking | Q & A | Panel Discussions
Sup, I’m JT, the founder of JT Singh Labs, a platform for harmonizing the two biggest levers for improving society at scale – technology and cities.
But who am I?…(deep question) In short, I’m a geographic media-artist + urbanologist. My hyper-hybrid line of work takes me across unchartered urban territories, which I explore by walking, walking and more walking with eyes wide open and deep inquiry.
Ditching the ergonomic chair to travel through hundreds of cities across Earth, allows me to construct and hold perspective on societal patterns – the raw desires, hopes, fears, and the ever-changing interactions between humans and built worlds. As a result, I’ve also amassed a mosaic of creative and strategic instincts, enabling me uniquely contribute to the creation of urban upgrading applications, unlike ever before.
Speaking wise, my central question for discussion is: How might we bridge the oceanic gap between meaningful tech and real-world-problems? I inquire because from my experiences, technologists (and the creative world at large) have yet to fully partake in real-world industries (the hard problems) from: housing, mass transportation, mega-infrastructure, energy, healthcare, public safety, education, water, agriculture, sanitation, regulation innovation, urban management, industrial pollution and the like. Thus, I hope to transmit paradigm-tweaking explanations about ‘the world as it is’ and ‘where things are headed’ and ‘where things could possibly head’ based on my explorative understandings on this global issue.
My circle of productive engagements often include: city developers, urbantech startups, and governmental leaders, including the municipalities of Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto, Tianjin, Jakarta, Fuzhou, Vilnius and more. Media publications about my projects are everywhere, including the BBC, Time, National Geographic, CNN, Washington Post, The Creators Project, Al Jazeera, Mashable, Quartz, China Daily, The Guardian, etc. (Not to brag 😉 )
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“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
“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
“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