Imagine this… You live in the smart city of the future! Where the air is non-polluted - thanks to smart alternative energy solutions, traffic is smooth - thanks to smart navigation and parking solutions, where the kids are busy and productive - thanks to smart entertainment solutions, where the elders are taken care of -thanks to smart elderly care solutions, your monthly utility bills are reasonable (wow) - thanks to smart power management solutions, and last but not the least with the smart home solutions, you come back to a home which lights up when it sees you, cooks you dinner and asks you how your day was!
Mobile is everything, edge of innovation, unleash the future…interesting taglines aside, the Mobile World Congress is cutting-edge in more ways than one! What started in 1982 as GSM, reached its iconic level as Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2008 and settled on Barcelona as the mobile world capital.
Senior technology leaders--CTOs and executives of Product Development & Engineering—must split their attention between keeping today’s products and services up to date and vibrant as they ideate, design and develop tomorrow’s digital blockbusters and breakthroughs. They must constantly monitor the pace and potential of emerging technologies to ensure their portfolios are balanced correctly--keeping one foot in today and the other in tomorrow. It often seems like an impossible task for an R&D organization to solve for rapid and durable growth, access to new markets and maintain the steady returns of its well established brands or products.
Hackathons have grown into a very interesting and productive trend over the last decade, not just to showcase or jam tech ideas but to back a cause or find innovative solutions. These codefests as they are otherwise called, in the recent years, have created some major companies like GroupMe and highly popular ideas including the Facebook ‘Like Button.’
We have seen a lot of rivalry and battles among top brands, through the medium of advertising - a few memorable ones would be - Coca Cola versus Pepsi, Dell versus HP or Samsung versus Apple! One unnoticed war or should we say a cold war, is the one that is happening between Apple and Google for the beacon.
A smart city is expected to bring with it a better quality of life, sustainability of natural resources, efficient and reliable infrastructures and services. As of 2014, urban population accounted for 54% of the global population and continues to grow. The global urban population is expected to grow approximately 1.84% per year between 2015 and 2020. This adds to a multitude of teething issues to growing cities such as exploding traffic, poor public transport infrastructure and rampant exploitation of the limited natural energy resources in addition to the safety and security concerns of senior citizens. It poses definite challenges to livability and sustainability.