CitX aimed to make cities more innovative at delivering intelligent, inclusive and sustainable urban development at scale, especially in challenging contexts. CitX ran from 2014 to 2017 and is no longer active.

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Inclusive & Sustainable Smart Cities

CitX is an initiative on the potential and challenges at the heart of tomorrow Smart Cities. We particularly focus on understanding the transformative potential of technology, to change the geopolitical equations of cities. Overall, CitX is at the forefront of innovation in the urban realm.

We aim to foster projects and gathering knowledge about the Smart Cities of tomorrow and about inclusive and sustainable urbanization in challenging environments. We advise urban stakeholders to become more innovative at delivering intelligent development at scale.

This includes helping cities build the capabilities needed to harness strategically the power of innovation labs, data driven strategies, collective intelligence, open government, civic innovation/tech and the collaborative economy.

Our Approach

We work closely with a wide range of urban stakeholders to explore how cities can become “intelligent” in the widest possible sense, beyond the “Smart City” utopia. Our approach is integrated, aiming at breaking silos and exploring the transformational potential of innovation and technology. It centers on capability building and generating positive deviance that can be replicated at scale.

CitX mobilizes some of the crucial resources (technology, finance, leadership, management), networks and expertise in the field of city innovation and urban development. To mobilize these resources, we develop content and expertise in partnership with academic institutions, incubators, think tanks, international donors, industry leaders, start-up companies, and non-profits. Recognizing that we live in an increasingly interdependent world, we also leverage the potential stemming out of inter-city cooperation.

What We Do

We pilot innovative projects in challenging urban environments: We work closely with mayors grappling with urbanization challenges around the world. With their teams and other stakeholders, we design, deploy and monitor innovative pilot projects on intelligent, sustainable and inclusive urban development.

We monitor and forecast urban innovation: We build a strong knowledge base on urban innovation, while tracking the pulse of new technologies, as they affect cities directly or indirectly. Through partnerships with public and private institutions, we gather information, publish reports, inform society at large on tomorrow’s cities evolution.

We advise stakeholders: We collaborate with private companies, non-profit organizations and city governments to act as a strategy counsel and resource catalyst. With them, we identify pressing urban problems and help formulate and implement solutions for citizens.