Co-creating Smart Healthy Cities using the Living Labs approach of United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Technology

Chandana Unnithan, Paola Ardiles, Shannon Turner

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Background: As engaged/active practitioners in public health and informatics, we propose a the implementation of this model to address the gaps in smart city implementation.
Program Purpose: To understand and evaluate the integration gaps in delivering engaged public health initiatives for building the smart cities.
Target Groups: Citizens in the relevant communities, business stakeholders in ICT, City Council, Hospitals, and Universities.
Activities: Obtain citizen insights through a location-based citizen (Web rendered) engagement platform; collection of data and analysis to build a knowledgebase with gaps identified, and potential solutions; and evaluation via citizens through interactive infographic/visualization.
Deliverables: A knowledge database of citizen insights from the communities living in the council; an infographic to be communicated to all target groups; and an interactive web based visualisation that is modifiable with active participation of citizens
Describe how this public health practice/program demonstrates innovation: The use of a current platform (PlaceSpeak) will be able to reach out to all the citizens living in the community via mobile devices. Conversely, GIS techniques are applied with public participation, for collecting and dissemination of community owned information and visualizing techniques to enable participation, identifying the needs of respective stakeholders.
Describe how this practice/program informs change to future public health practice, research and/or policy development: City councils have initiated many successful projects with the social innovation agenda, but they seem fragmented. We propose the Living Labs framework, a user- centered multidisciplinary problem-solving approach which allows all stakeholders to consider strategies from different perspectives, enabling the potential adoption by users in real life environment and sustained acceptance in communities. The United Nations Committee on Peaceful uses of Space focuses on using the Living Labs approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCanadian Public Health Association (CPHA) 2018
Place of PublicationMontreal, Canada
PublisherCanadian Public Health Association
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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