The Amsterdam Agenda, a lecture series by the Academy of Architecture, invites special guests with international perspectives to present their best practices. What can Amsterdam learn from cities like New York, Paris, Shanghai or Istanbul? This evening Valerie von der Tann, senior engagement manager at the Berlin office of McKinsey & Company and specialized in smart cities, will talk about the massive impact of the fast pace digitization on the urban environment.
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Are smart cities finally on the brink of getting smarter? After a decade of trial and error, the smart city movement is gaining fresh momentum and a sharper focus on the day-to-day priorities of citizens. Municipal leaders are learning how to harness technology and data to make better decisions, respond to fluid situations, plan for the future, and deliver a better overall quality of life. New research from the McKinsey Global Institute evaluates the progress already made in 50 cities around the world. It also looks ahead to estimate the scale of improvement cities could achieve in security, mobility, the environment, health, and other aspects of urban life if they deploy a range of smart technologies effectively. Cities concentrate societal and environmental problems, but they are also laboratories for solutions—and they have the ability to shape the digital future.
Valerie von der Tann
Valerie is a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, where she works with cities as well as private sector companies on digital transformations. For the past year, she has co-led a global research study on liveable smart cities for McKinsey’s business and economics think tank, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). She was previously an Internet of Things (IoT) fellow at McKinsey, focusing on IoT related topics in the realm of smart mobility and smart cities.
Valerie’s passion is technology and the changes it brings to our economy and society, especially in urban areas. Valerie holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was focused on urban policy as well as on internet governance, data security and privacy, and the digital economy.