It seems like every city wants to be “smart.” Not all of them are succeeding


Smart cities only make sense when technology meets citizens’ needs. A bike-sharing scheme will only seem useful if the city’s infrastructure facilitates cycling—and believe me, only the brave would dare cross Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris at noon on a bike.

At the same time, people recognize when technology solves a problem, because their lives get better. 

In an extensive study of 16 cities—published in our new book Sixteen Shades of Smart—we found that Medellin has become a very successful smart city because technology targets citizens’ main problem—safety. 

Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD Business School.

The Top 10 smartest cities in 2019 are:

  1. Singapore
  2. Zurich
  3. Oslo
  4. Geneva
  5. Copenhagen
  6. Auckland
  7. Taipei City
  8. Helsinki
  9. Bilbao
  10. Dusseldorf

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