nikolas badminton speaks to betakit on smart cities

Nikolas Badminton speaks to BETAKIT on Smart Cities

Nikolas Badminton speaks to BETAKIT on Smart Cities and what we need to consider when designing and planning them out. Nikolas, and Douglas Soltys over at BETAKIT, talk about the principles and ideas needed to make a smart city successful.

Here’s the article and the CanCon Podcast from BETAKIT – enjoy.


As Toronto revels in its international tech moment, much attention has been paid to the Quayside project, a joint smart city initiative between Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs. Not all that attention has been positive, as each new week seems to bring new controversy – over privacy, data rights, IP, secrecy, and social good.

But Quayside isn’t the only smart city project in the world. In fact, there are currently over 1,000 globally, with 500 of those in China alone.

So what it is needed to build a true smart city that works for its citizens as much as the corporate and government forces building it? Futurist (and BetaKit contributor) Nikolas Badminton has a few thoughts, which conveniently fit into an easy-to-remember acronym.

Beyond the philosophical, Badminton also has thoughts on the political and practical problems causing tensions on Toronto’s waterfront. Of course, solving that riddle requires answering a few more questions: namely, who owns the assets?

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The smart city playbook

Sidewalk Toronto: building controversy


Nikolas is a world-leading Futurist that drives leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He promotes exponential thinking along with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you with knowledge to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.

Contact him to discuss how to engage and inspire your audience. You can also see more of Nikolas’ thoughts on his Futurist Speaker VLOGs as he publishes them in this Youtube playlist.

Please SUBSCRIBE to Nikolas’ Youtube channel so that you don’t miss any as they come up. You can see more of his thoughts on LinkedinTwitter, and bookmarked research on Tumblr.

nikolas badminton speaks to betakit on smart cities

Nikolas Badminton speaks to BETAKIT on Smart Cities

Nikolas Badminton speaks to BETAKIT on Smart Cities and what we need to consider when designing and planning them out. Nikolas, and Douglas Soltys over at BETAKIT, talk about the principles and ideas needed to make a smart city successful.

Here’s the article and the CanCon Podcast from BETAKIT – enjoy.


As Toronto revels in its international tech moment, much attention has been paid to the Quayside project, a joint smart city initiative between Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs. Not all that attention has been positive, as each new week seems to bring new controversy – over privacy, data rights, IP, secrecy, and social good.

But Quayside isn’t the only smart city project in the world. In fact, there are currently over 1,000 globally, with 500 of those in China alone.

So what it is needed to build a true smart city that works for its citizens as much as the corporate and government forces building it? Futurist (and BetaKit contributor) Nikolas Badminton has a few thoughts, which conveniently fit into an easy-to-remember acronym.

Beyond the philosophical, Badminton also has thoughts on the political and practical problems causing tensions on Toronto’s waterfront. Of course, solving that riddle requires answering a few more questions: namely, who owns the assets?

Subscribe via: RSSiTunesStitcherGoogle Play

The smart city playbook

Sidewalk Toronto: building controversy


Nikolas is a world-leading Futurist that drives leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He promotes exponential thinking along with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you with knowledge to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.

Contact him to discuss how to engage and inspire your audience. You can also see more of Nikolas’ thoughts on his Futurist Speaker VLOGs as he publishes them in this Youtube playlist.

Please SUBSCRIBE to Nikolas’ Youtube channel so that you don’t miss any as they come up. You can see more of his thoughts on LinkedinTwitter, and bookmarked research on Tumblr.