Talks & Inteviews

Below is a collection of past presentations and selected articles and essays. For speaking engagements, I am exclusively represented by Bits and Atoms • (646) 780-0570 •


We shot this video in the Meatpacking District, for SMART Magazine’s interactive map on sustainable cities. I talk about the basic definition of smart cities and introduce the idea of digital master planning.

My keynote at the 2016 Moscow Urban Forum. This is a departure from my usual recent talks on global trends in smart cities, and a return to some of the bottom-up city hacking themes from the book and my earlier work. (Also, the jet lag was killing me so not the highest energy.)



Coming soon.


This talk was one of the more fun ones, where I got to focus on some of the very real risks of smart cities at Fordham Law School, lifting from Smart Cities Chapter 7, ‘Buggy, Brittle, and Bugged’.


Talking about urban resilience at Pop! Tech in Brooklyn.




At Code for America, on smart cities.



At the Cambridge Phenomenon 50th Anniversary, on technology-led economic development.




World Affairs Council of Northern California

“Smart Cities”, interview with Allison Arieff, October 22, 2013.

New America Foundation

“A New Civics for Smart Cities”, October 8, 2013, Washington, DC.

City Age

Panel: Big Data: Innovations and Ideas for A Smarter City, October 7, 2013, New York, NY.

Architectural Record Annual Innovation Conference

Panel: Cities and Data Mining, October 3, 2013, New York, NY.

MIT Forum on Future Cities

This was one of the most amazing gatherings of researchers and designers working on smart cities, orgainzed by Carlo Ratti and Assaf Biederman of the SENSEable City Lab. Here’s the link to MIT TV video, my talk starts around 33:00.

“What Is A Smart City?” IESE Interview

A short video interview where I explain smart cities to a professor from the IESE, one of the world’s leading business schools based in Barcelona.