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17 March 2016

Episode 231

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It’s all about simple tech fixes this week as we explore some of the small tweaks that are taking city living to the next level. Can technology actually make the cities of tomorrow better places to live? We sit down with Boston’s chief information officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge to hear his opinion. Plus: we discover how buses are at the forefront of a hi-tech transport gear shift in Ljubljana.

17 March 2016

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SXSW: how to make cities smarter

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As more people flock to cities a key question for many planners and urbanists is how to make cities “smarter”. It’s a term that gets bandied about so often that it becomes almost meaningless but at South by Southwest – Austin’s annual celebration of all things tech, film and music – people have been pondering this very topic.

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Boston: Jascha Franklin Hodge

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Boston is one of the leading tech cities in the world, with a healthy start-up scene and universities such as MIT and Harvard leading the field in tech innovation. It also has a strong municipal commitment to integrate tech and data into civic life and this particular task is the responsibility of chief information officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge.

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Ljubljana: bus revolution

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When thinking about transport technology it’s easy to get distracted with flights of fancy such as carbon-composite materials, maglev trains and self-driving cars. Amid all these glittering developments, the humble bus doesn’t get much of a look in. But Ljubljana is showing that the application of a little technology can go a long way, making the bus a key part of its urban-transport transformation.

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