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Smart Cities

University of Canterbury via edX


The Smart Cities course charts a journey across New Zealand to understand how smart cities are shaping up from Christchurch in the South to the capital city Wellington all the way to Hamilton in the North.

You’ll learn from real live smart city projects such as LED lighting, solar powered waste management solutions and more allowing you to better comprehend how New Zealand is paving new paths to harness technology to create social change.

You will analyse the role of various stakeholders in the ecosystem and examine some of the governance challenges. Finally, you will relate to developments in NZ by examining your own city context. Your interactions with other participants will have you contributing, debating, sharing and drawing insights from your city.


Module 1: New Zealand and Smart cities

You will understand how the concept of smart cities continues to evolve, understand the role of technology and data, and get introduced to smart cities in New Zealand from the lens of the City Councils driving these programs.

Module 2: Smart cities and community

You will examine how the smart cities program across NZ aids in tackling community challenges and the collaborative role played by stakeholders.

Module 3: Smart cities and wicked problems

How do smart cities in NZ address wicked problems such as climate change and natural disasters? This module will help you examine these aspects.

Module 4: Governing smart societies

This module will help you evaluate the role of the different stakeholders in governing smart societies.

Module 5: NZ smart cities and the world

In this module, you will learn how New Zealand Smart Cities’ initiatives are benchmarked against other Cities in the world and you can contrast it with your City.

Module 6: My city, my role

Take the knowledge that you have gained through the course and transform it into action plan that makes a difference.

Taught by

Christopher Vas and Anna Earl

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