“Introduction to Entrepreneurial Urbanism…Entrepreneurial Urbanism… Urban Prototyping… Be Your Own Souvenir… Water Wall… Electronic Countermeasures… Hack-a-Thons… Youth, Digital Technology, and Community.. Reinventing the Pay Telephone… Sensor Valley…”
Traces the geographical, historical and theoretical contexts for entrepreneurial urbanism.
Entrepreneurialism emerged in the 1970s and 1980s when reduced funding forced cities to think differently about how they could support different activities, and there was also heightened competition as a result of internationalisation.
So cities began to work with local stakeholders for example to try and defend jobs and find new ways of securing new forms of investment.
Three features of entrepreneurial urbanism: partnerships, some level of speculative developments for the future, and for whom the entrepreneurial urbanism is for.
Exploring the way that digital arts can be used to enhance our communities.
Water Light Graffiti is a surface made of thousands of light-emitting diodes, also known as LEDs, which are illuminated by the contact of water. It is a way to have members of the public engage in an urban space temporarily sharing their own messages and art.
Hackathons – bring a bunch of people in a room, give them a clear problem, and then go ahead and solve it in a pretty quick period of time (e.g. over the weekend, 24 hours, couple of hours etc).
Explanation of what happens during a hackathon e.g. start the event with a set of presentations and people form teams around those, around the different problem statements.
One benefit of hackathons: build networks – people got to know each other, work together, and learn new skills – that extend beyond the hackathon.
Why is this important to the city? Many people will argue that hackathons are a flash in the pan or a fad or a trend. Even if they are, that ignores the underlying set of factors that gave rise to hackathons.
Case study of Beacon, a next generation public communications hub e.g. solar powered, no need to insert coins, touch buttons, or pick pick up a receiver – it is controlled by voice and gestures, noise cancelling technologies and directional speakers, keeps citizens informed etc.