Building Better Cities in the Digital Age
September 11th, 2016

Globalization, economic shifts, new consumption models, productivity, innovation, and rapidly changing expectations all lie at the core of how nations, communities, businesses, and people are trying to re-define themselves in an ever-changing global landscape characterized by political instability, economic uncertainty, and technology transformation. All this tension and the subsequent opportunities are most apparent in our communities. Read More

Cities in the Age of Urban Tech
June 30th, 2016

Hundreds of government officials, leaders of both business and academia, and young entrepreneurs joined the New Cities Foundation 2016 Summit in Montreal last week. Montreal, proven to be an ideal host for the summit, as only one week earlier it earned the “Intelligent Community of the Year” designation, awarded by the Intelligent Communities Forum to the city that best demonstrates a culture of urban innovation that advances the community to benefit its residents and local businesses. Read More

Economic and Sustainable impact with Smart and Connected Communities: Lighting as the Catalyst for Change
June 30th, 2016

Written for Canada’s Public Sector Digest, CAMA and FCM Annual Conference 2016 Highlights and Summaries.

Municipalities are the Heart of Canada, but something is changing. Something is changing in the world. Rapidly evolving economic, political, social, and environmental trends are leaving our cities and countries grasping for new ways to stay increasingly relevant, attractive, competitive, innovative, and productive. Maybe the largest trend that is both an opportunity as well as a challenge for our municipalities is the vast change in technology, dramatically changing the face of our Nation. Read More

Fixing Traffic with [D]congestant Hackathon at the Cisco Canada Innovation Centre.
April 14th, 2016
A hackathon, hackfest, or hack day is a gathering where people collaborate in an extreme manner over a short period of time to solve real problems and create opportunities with purpose. Cisco Canada’s Innovation Centre hosted its first-ever hackathon as a member of Toronto’s South Core Innovation Hub: looking for real solutions to growing traffic challenges. This blog was authored by Nicole Dufraine, a member of our Innovation Centre team. Enjoy.

In the April 4th weekend, the Cisco Toronto Innovation Centre hosted [D]congestant, a hackathon to generate solutions for Toronto’s inherent traffic problems. The event was led by the South Core Innovation Hub (SCIH), a network of leading companies and public sector organizations in the rapidly-developing South Core district of Toronto. Over 200 participants spent the weekend working on new tech and policy solutions to tackle Toronto’s gridlock; maximizing every inch of the collaborative work space at Cisco Canada HQ for analysis, ideation, development, planning and presenting to the judges. In addition to access to our state-of-the-art facilities, [D]congestant hackers had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of mentors and data sets from SCIH partners – including some data never made available to cities! Read More

Mississauga is a Smarter City with the Internet of Things
March 22nd, 2016
This article was written exclusively for the Spring Edition of the Mississauga Board of Trade Quarterly Magazine. – March 2016
Being a ‘smart city’ means many different things to different people. It starts all with the citizens: a smart city is a community that provides economic opportunities and meaningful jobs, it is a safe place to live, it provides access to good education and quality healthcare, there are multiple urban mobility options to get from a to b without being stuck in traffic, it is a great place to live and love. Cities increasingly compete with one another over these qualities, and they each are looking for ways to differentiate themselves—hoping to attract the best businesses and nurture a growing and prosperous population. In today’s digital age, technology and innovation provide the capabilities that bring out incremental and unprecedented value to all its stakeholders.

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This is what it was all about: Changing the face of Real Estate with the Digital Ceiling
February 19th, 2016
It’s 1994: I finish my Bachelor Degree in Construction Management and I can’t wait to do things differently in the construction sector–an industry plagued with inefficiency and declining productivity. It’s 1997: I graduate from Delft University with a degree in Real Estate Development and Project Management–with a focus on changing how we design, build and finance real estate. It’s 2002: I graduate again (last time, I promise), this time with a degree from Harvard University on the impact the Internet will have on real estate investment management. Read More
Solutions for Digital Transformation
February 14th, 2016

man jumpingIt is by now reasonably well understood that we are finding ourselves in the fourth wave of the industrial revolution, one that is characterized by the digitization of things and processes, and the subsequent transformation of business outcomes. Key technology developments that enable businesses, government, and countries to re-imagine themselves in an rapidly changing world, include mobility (90% of internet traffic will be consumed via mobile devices by 2017), pervasive video (one million minutes of video traverses the internet every second), hyper connectivity with the Internet of Things (20 billion smart objects will be connected to digital infrastructure by the year 2020), big data and advanced analytics (data doubles every two years and last year alone we generated more data than all of mankind before), apps (more than 47,000 applications are being downloaded each and every minute), and cloud (changing consumption models).

These technological trends allow us to take advantage of the digital age and rethink how we enable, differentiate and define business, experiences, and outcomes.
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Introducing the Fourth Industrial Revolution
January 31st, 2016

38c2a5ea-c23e-11e5-8677-848f69deab2dIn January 2016, the World Economic Forum hosted its 45th annual meeting in Davos-Klosters. For almost half a century, the Swiss nonprofit foundation has engaged business, political, academic and other leaders of society (and Bono) to shape global, regional and industry agendas committed to improving the State of the World. This is and has been a tall order, considering the many macro social and economic challenges we face in an ever-faster changing world.

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Innovation 2.0: the new face of Innovation @CiscoCanada
January 16th, 2016

innovation-digital-transformation-ts-100614033-primary.idgeFour years ago, Cisco collaborated with Delta Controls to develop the first-ever IP-based, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) HVAC controller. The building automation control industry and the information technology sector were now officially converged, and we never looked back. This groundbreaking innovation led to the creation of Cisco Canada’s first industry innovation laboratory: a place where we worked with other technology companies to build innovative solutions that address business challenges, and have the opportunity to transform industries at their core.

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Predicting 2016
January 10th, 2016
ImageA year has come and gone. It is time to take out the crystal ball and make some predictions for 2016. Many have done this over the past weeks leading up to the new year. GartnerIDCJuniper Research and many more have shared what they believe 2016 has in store for us with regards to technology trends and digital transformation. They have done this so well, that it would be futile for me to create yet another list of trends that I believe will shape the year ahead of us. Instead, I will highlight some of the common predictions, and maybe add one or two of my own.

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