An increasingly urban global population and increasing citizen demand for better lives and environments are just two of the factors driving the surging trend towards smarter city research, solutions and investment, making it an important area for digital youth innovation.  High level speakers from the field will present their vision and viewpoints at the European Youth Event in Strasbourg and then discuss interactively with the audience.


Moderator:  Jana Vecerkova, EYIF

What will they discuss?

Futuristic cities are closer than you think! As times are changing, so the cities will become smarter!

Traditional furniture will be re considered, in order to make small spaces big, with each piece taking charge of more functions together. Home objects, ranging from coffee tables to window panes, are likely to feature digital sensors, connected with desktops and tablets to add new functions to ordinary things. Smart architecture house projects will become as important as smart interior designs. In the near future, with the launch of affordable 3D printers, the interior and exterior designs of the houses will revolutionize dramatically, boosting people moods and not just their living spaces.

Technology will boost the green in our homes again!

Through solar batteries for homes, home farms growing smart and innovative city gardening, we’re entering the era of letting more nature into our lives with the help of technology.  As most city gardens are restricted on space,  smart floating gardens are conceived to float in the sea instead of land. While horizontal surfaces are already used, vertical square meters are gaining momentum through  on-wall gardens, as a new way to use the city’s surfaces wisely.

Lightbulb will not be the only thing illuminating your space any more!

Energy-consuming city lighting is getting more sustainable with the use of renewable energy sources. Providing everyday objects with own illuminating capabilities could help saving up to 80% energy costs. The most likely trend here is the accumulating solar power to use it in the illumination urban systems. Lights will also become smarter by activating only when an object is detected— so as to save energy and ensure safety.

Smart cities also mean better protection against natural disasters!

Tomorrow’s cities will be improved not only with ergonomics and technological comforts, but they also must be disaster-proof. Buildings resistant to natural disasters and smart urban planning will force cities to develop new ways of energy sourcing and distribution, to enhance drainage systems and to create purification systems for contaminated air, water or soil. Cheap modular homes for hurricane or earthquake victims will be developed in the forthcoming years, consisting of small  units that have all the essentials a person may need during several weeks.


And much more…


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