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The Smart Dubai Podcast shares stories on latest technologies and smart city development from global government and private sector thought leaders. How are building smart cities going to affect people and the environment? Why is everyone obsessed with data? What really is Blockchain? How is Artificial Intelligence going to change the way we live and work today? Learn about all these topics and more. We will be releasing an episode every two weeks! Subscribe now!
 
Metro21: Smart Cities Institute is a campus-wide initiative at Carnegie Mellon University dedicated to the research, development, and deployment of projects aimed at improving the quality of life in metropolitan areas. The mission of this podcast is to introduce a wider audience to our work. There are so many innovative projects being developed and deployed here at Carnegie Mellon, and we want to give the public a chance to be a part of our journey.
 
This project is our way of exploring how technology can be used to improve the lives of all Mancunians by helping us gather and share information in new and exciting ways, supporting everything from healthcare and transport to culture and the environment. We've set out to learn what it takes to build the smartest city in the world and create more opportunities for everyone who lives, works and plays here.
 
Join Smart Growth Founder Chris Porto as he interviews top real estate developers who are contributing to the "smart growth" of cities around the world. We focus in on their work developing urban infill, mixed use and transit oriented projects. We also explore and unpack the career paths of these leaders in society. What are their development philosophies for a sustainable future and their mindset as real estate entrepreneurs? And what are their methods for building wealth in this business?
 
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In this week’s episode we welcome Dr.Okan Geray, Strategic Planning Advisor at Smart Dubai. Dr.Geray discusses why governments must look at building circular economies to ensure cities become more sustainable, and unveils key highlights from his recently authored “A Guide To Building Circular Cities” published by the United Nations.…
 
In this podcast episode, Karen talks with Julie DeSeyn, the Chief Program and Policy Officer of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She oversees many grant-making and initiatives such as the 2-1-1 Helpline that seeks to provide help for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Hear Julie discuss how our most vulnerable populat…
 
In this week’s episode we welcome Thierry Nicault, Regional Vice-President for Middle East and Africa at Salesforce. Thierry discusses why digital transformation is now a key priority for majority of organizations across the globe, and how organizations can support employees in developing the digital skills needed in the workplace.…
 
In this week’s episode we welcome Faisal Toukan, CEO, Ziina. Faisal will be discussing how Ziina aims to be the default peer-to-peer payments platform in the Middle East, and how they plan to achieve that by helping consumers make payments to friends and vendors seamlessly, with minimal fees, whilst also enjoying the social aspect of using the appl…
 
In this week’s episode we welcome Haider Pasha, Chief Security Officer of Palo Alto Networks Middle East & Africa. Haider will be outlining the importance and benefits of cybersecurity in today’s age and how the sector has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.Av Smart Dubai
 
In this week’s episode we welcome Ahmed Al Balaghi, Co-Founder and CEO of Biconomy. Ahmed shares his story on why he founded Biconomy, how it aims to accelerate the development of Blockchain powered applications and why he believes in the future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. Ahmed is also the founder and host of the region’s leading Blockchai…
 
In this week’s episode we welcome Salah Yamout, Chief Operating Officer, Arabian Automobiles Company. Salah will be sharing his thoughts on what key technological trends are impacting or are likely to impact car manufacturers and car consumers, and how the Arabian Automobiles Company is supporting Dubai’s Autonomous Strategy 2030.…
 
In this week’s episode we welcome Dr. Mohammad Al Redha, Director of the Project Management Office, Health Informatics and Smart Health at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Dr.Redha will be discussing DHA’s latest initiative called Nabidh, that will help build and foster a stronger and more connected electronic health records ecosystem across the c…
 
In this podcast episode, Karen talks with Lee Branstetter, who recently worked on a comprehensive and impressive research project with us here at Metro21, where he and his colleagues developed an app to helped disadvantaged workers get to their jobs through ridehailing (like using Uber or Lyft). We will get the latest updates from Lee about this on…
 
In this week’s episode we welcome Eng. Nada Jasim, Director of Safety, Risk, Regulation and Planning Department at RTA, who discusses RTA’s latest updates towards meeting the goals of the Dubai Autonomous Strategy 2030 and also shares her thoughts on what the future of sustainable mobility will look like in Dubai.…
 
This week’s episode not only celebrates the One Year Anniversary of the Smart Dubai Podcast, but also bring us into the year that celebrates the UAE’s 50th National Day. Our guest on today’s episode therefore is none other than H.E. Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai and CEO, Dubai Data Establishment. H.E. shares his views on…
 
In this week’s episode we speak to Ammar Afif, Founder of Buy Now Pay Later platform Cashew, who discusses how Buy Now Pay Later options are bound to become the future of transactions across all industry sectors, and not just Retail. As a new founder, Ammar also discusses how Dubai’s governance models and infrastructure makes the city the perfect e…
 
In this week’s episode we speak to Reem Al Zarooni, Chief Operating Officer, Palmwood who discusses what Design Thinking is and why embedding Design Thinking with Urban Planning is crucial for the growth of sustainable smart cities. Reem also discusses some of the key projects being implemented by Palmwood today and how Smart Dubai Podcast’s listen…
 
In this week’s episode we welcome H.E. Justice Dr. Jamal Al Sumaiti, Director General of the Dubai Judicial Institute. H.E. shares insights on how the rise of new technologies is rapidly changing the legal and regulatory framework in Dubai and across the globe. Additionally, he also discusses what he envisions the perfect bridge between technology …
 
In this week’s episode we welcome Mohammed Al Qaizi, Director of the Information Technology Division at Dubai Economy. Through the episode Mohammed will be shedding light on how Dubai Economy is continuously embedding latest technologies in their services to make opening a business in Dubai as seamless as possible, making it the most business-frien…
 
In this week’s episode we speak to Selim Edde, Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google MENA, who shares details on initiatives Google has implemented globally to help advise governments on combatting the pandemic, and support businesses towards economic recovery. Selim also shares key points global policy makers should consider as ci…
 
Should you be looking at Software Development, Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation or Blockchain, in this week’s episode, Harsh Hirani, CEO, WhizKey discusses how his company has become the one-stop-shop solution to any entity’s digital transformation needs. Harsh also sheds light on the key aspects that make Dubai the perfect hub f…
 
In this episode of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute Podcast, Karen Lightman interviews Dr. Alexandra Chouldechova, a professor at Carnegie Mellon. Dr. Chouldechova is the Estella Loomis McCandless Assistant Professor of Statistics and Public Policy, and her work focuses on algorithmic fairness in areas such as child welfare, criminal justice, he…
 
Patrick Rogers, Co-Founder of digital platform Clara discusses how the platform uses global best practices to guide and educate founders and startups through all their legal troubles, helping solve queries ranging from how to structure a company and where to incorporate, to how much a company should be valued when looking for investors.…
 
Sadly, food worth over USD 1 Trillion is wasted every year. Tune into this week’s episode to learn how Marc Zornes, Co-Founder, Winnow is using Computer Vision technology to battle food wastage across the globe, whilst also allowing hotels and restaurants to save millions of dollars annually.Av Smart Dubai
 
Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, Director General of Artificial Intelligence, Dubai Police joins us on the Smart Dubai Podcast sharing a story on how Dubai Police has been adopting technological solutions since 1995 to better serve the city’s residents and visitors and continuously ensure Dubai is one of the safest and smartest cities in the worl…
 
In this week’s episode Kari Aina Eik, Secretary General, Organization for International Economic Relations, shares with us the biggest opportunities and challenges governments have faced when working towards becoming more sustainable, and discusses how cities must collaborate to accelerate achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.…
 
Nadine Mezher, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Sarwa discusses how her Dubai grown digital financial advisory firm is helping new investors make smarter, diversified and cost-efficient investment decisions. Investors can start an account with as low as USD 500 and leverage Sarwa’s algorithms to invest in different portfolios depending on …
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted business models for a lot of industry sectors, with many traditionally offline businesses now primarily functioning online. Will this trend continue even after COVID-19? In this episode we speak to Patrick Noack, Executive Director of Future Foresight and Imagination at the Dubai Future Foundation, …
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every single country across the globe, governments have realized the importance of food security and being agriculturally self-sustainable. Today, agro-tech is a solution, particularly for countries with harsh climates that primarily rely on imported food. In this episode Nikita Patel, Founder of homegrown vert…
 
This episode of Metro21's podcast features the inaugural Executive Director of Allies for Children, Patrick Dowd. Host Karen Lightman and Dowd sit down to talk about child equity, COVID-19, and the current civil unrest flooding the nation. Check it out!
 
As the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is made in almost every decision affecting people’s lives today, Andrew Collinge, Advisor, Dubai Data Establishment shares his thoughts on what AI precisely is and why it is important for governments to regulate AI on a city-level to ensure ethical implementation of this rapidly evolving technology. Additi…
 
Sayed Hashish, General Manager, Microsoft UAE, discusses how Microsoft is helping government and private sector entities fight COVID-19 globally. Listen to this episode of the Smart Dubai Podcast and learn how Sayed believes government and company leaders should brace for what is going to be the work culture’s new norm.…
 
Noor Al Nahhas, Founder at Nybl, talks to Smart Dubai about what led him to start a knowledge-driven company based on AI in Dubai. Listen to how he envisions AI to be quickly integrated within every industry sector globally, transforming data into intelligence, one nybl at a time.Av Smart Dubai
 
Mark Balovnev, CEO, Educhain and Partner, Acceliance discusses how he came to Dubai for the very first time in 2017 to participate in the Global Blockchain Challenge, a blockchain solutions competition hosted by Smart Dubai. Listen to this episode of the Smart Dubai Podcast as Mark recalls his journey since and how he now calls Dubai home.…
 
In this podcast, Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman sits down with Brett Crawford and Jenee Iyer from the Arts Management & Technology (AMT) Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. They discussed several topics related to their Metro21 project: Public Art & IoT. They talked about their inspiration for the project, the value of art in cities (and …
 
Hamad Al Awadhi, Project Manager of the Dubai Happiness Agenda, overseen by Smart Dubai discusses how collaborating with government and private sector partners to redefine customer experiences in Dubai through smart city solutions which will help Dubai become the happiest city on earth.Av Smart Dubai
 
H.E. Khalfan Belhoul, CEO, Dubai Future Foundation discusses key roles of the Foundation and steps taken over the past four years to attract the globes best startups to Dubai, helping build an ecosystem to foster innovation in an era we define as the Fourth Industrial Revolution and help transform Dubai into a startup hub. Also learn more about the…
 
Dr.Saeed Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Smart World, ex-Director General of the Emirates ID and a renowned veteran of the UAE technology industry comes together with Ranjit Rajan, Associate Vice President of Research, IDC to discuss their latest book Digital Nation. The authors will discuss how the book uncovers the mindset and approach of the UAE’s ruler…
 
With an ambitious mandate of making Individual transactions completely paperless by Dec 2021, our fourth episode discusses how Smart Dubai has redefined traditional government working culture to digitize, design and deliver over 300 city services through the DubaiNow application in just four years.Av Smart Dubai
 
City leaders across the globe are trying to understand how best to extract value from data at hand. Our second episode discusses the four pillars Smart Dubai Data is developing to ensure data is the future oil for Dubai. The four pillars are – Value Creation, Data Governance, Data Architecture & Infrastructure, and Ecosystem Engagement.…
 
Our guest for the inaugural episode of the Smart Dubai Podcast will share how Dubai is fulfilling its vision of becoming the happiest city on Earth, and emphasizing on how we can adopt smart city solutions as the primary enabler to make this vision a reality.Av Smart Dubai
 
On this episode of the podcast, Karen Lightman, Metro21 Executive Director sits down with Waynesburg University President Douglas Lee to discuss everything from the future of rural mobility to running triathlons in Death Valley. Make sure to tune in! Link to Video: https://www.wevideo.com/view/1493066587…
 
Hear from Jean Case, the first female Chairman of the National Geographic Society in its 130-year history and CEO of the Case Foundation. She is a philanthropist, investor, and internet and impacts investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs.…
 
Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman, sat down with Santiago Garces, Pittsburgh's Director of Innovation and Performance to discuss innovation within 21st century cities. "I'm a big fan of the podcast! I was thrilled to hear Santi Garces talk about RoadBotics and the work we did together under his leadership." -Ryan Gayman, VP of Growth, Road…
 
This episode of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute podcast welcomes Samantha "Sam" Stedford from the Pittsburgh International Airport. She has been a leading advocate for the technological and social advancement of the airport, and has served as the liaison between PIT International Airport and Metro21. Karen Lightman, Executive Director of Metro2…
 
We were fortunate enough to speak with Jack McDougle, President & CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Listen to his updates on the newly launched The Greater Washington Smart Region Movement. And join us at Smart Cities Week to hear more from Jack and the rest of the GWSRM team!Av Smart Cities Week Podcast
 
Clarence Wardell, Director of City Solutions at Results for America, joined us on the latest Smart Cities Week Podcast ahead of his appearance in The Real-Time City session at Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C., next September 30 - October 2, 2019."Cities are recognizing that they need to be more data smart in terms of program and service delivery.…
 
This episode of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute podcast features an insightful discussion with a team of researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The team is part of a special research, design and implementation partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Karen Lightman, Executive Director of Metro21: Smart Cities Inst…
 
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