Right to the Smart City: Designing for Public Value and Civic Participation Symposium & Workshop will take place at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University on March 22–23, 2018.

The goal of this symposium is to explore the role of civic engagement in the smart city conversation by surfacing principles, best practices, and creative experiments that involve the public in the design and sustainability of the technologically smart city.

We convene this conversation to further develop the collaborative aspects of “smart citizens,” framing issues of access, equality, social justice, and precarity as core to smart development. The time for critical work toward more civic smart cities is now, as technological and ideological frameworks are already being built into the digital and physical infrastructures of cities across the world.

We have planned a 1.5 day meeting that will consist of case studies presentations, roundtable discussion, and design charrette. Symposium + workshop participants will come from diverse backgrounds, including public sector, civic activists, scholars, IT industry, and funders.


Engagement Lab at Emerson College, City as Platform Lab at University of Waterloo, and School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.


Knight Foundation