TechniCity is happening…

This weekend we officially launched the TechniCity MOOC, with over 18,000 students signed up. Our preview week (last week) was very successful and we received several comments from students that helped us improve the look and feel of the course.  So far there have been over 28,000 streaming views of our lectures along with over 4,000 views of discussion forum topics.  We are also using MindMixer as an engagement platform for the course with over 13,000 comments, posts, votes, shares, etc. so far.  Nearly 1,000 people have joined our LinkedIn group to discuss course topics and connect with each other professionally.  Amazing!  We’re thrilled with the response not only in terms of the volume, but also the richness and depth of the participation.

Our topics for the first week focus on smart, thinking, and open cities in the context of infrastructure and urban spaces.  Several experts provide presentations on sensors, networks, imaging, surveillance, and smart grids to highlight urban technologies.  Many of the technologies discussed are still emerging and these presentations provide a glimpse into the future of our cities. The presentations include:

Thinking and Networked Cities Ericsson, Ericsson
What is a Smart City? Kevin DeSousa, Arizona State University
Better Stories for Smart Cities, Rick Robinson, IBM
Sensors, Ness Shroff, Ohio State University
Pollution Monitoring, Ness Shroff, Ohio State University
Wireless Networks: A Vision for Smarter Cities, Anthony Townsend, Institute for the Future
Mesh Networks, Greta Byrum, Open Technology Institute
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), John Volakis, Ohio State University
RFID in Cities, Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Ohio State University
Imaging and Surveillance, Robert Loce, Xerox Research Center
Understanding Surveillance, Timo Arnall, BERG
Smart Grids, Sally Jacquemin, Seimens

Jennifer Evans-Cowley and I decided to structure the course around modular lectures by experts from around the world (rather than assembling these lectures ourselves).  We felt that given the rapid change in urban technologies, students will benefit from hearing from a professional directly involved with each particular technology.  And because our course is offered for free, none of the presenters were compensated for their time and effort, so we are extremely grateful for their contributions.

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