The civic / low technology relationship to address the challenges of urbanization

The 2022 edition of the Smart City Casablanca Symposium launched a reflection on the relationship that can be built between citizenship and low-tech technology to address the challenges of urbanization and metropolisation. This reflection is done equally under the urban planning, economic and ecological approach. This gathering of people and low technology, on which debate discussions are focused, will suggest the potential of collective intelligence to co-design and co-construction of the so-called smart city while mobilizing tools, resources, objects. and service.

Work on the 2022 edition of the “Smart City Casablanca Symposium” opened this Wednesday in Casablanca, under the theme “Community intelligence and low-tech innovation”.

Placed under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, this event was organized by Casablanca Events in collaboration with the Casablanca-Settat region, Ministry of Solidarity, Social Integration and the Family, Mohammed University VI Polytechnic and Hassan II University of Casablanca.

This new edition of the Smart City Casablanca Symposium proposes to reflect on the relationship between citizenship and low-tech technology to address the major challenges of urbanization and metropolization. This year’s theme is addressed under the urban planning, economic and ecological triptych. This combination of people and low technology thus suggests the potential of collective intelligence to co-design and co-construction the so-called smart city while mobilizing appropriate tools, resources, goods and services.

Speaking at the opening of this event, the Speaker of the Casablanca-Settat Region, Said Ahmidouch stressed that this Symposium will take place in a particular international context marked by economic difficulties, due to the effects of years of coronavirus pandemic and tensions at the international level, which have an impact on the supply and price of food and energy products, as thanks to the joint efforts of all, Morocco has been able to overcome the coronavirus crisis and overcome the challenges that caused by the current state of the world.

And to note that this crisis is an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of community intelligence and the use of new technologies to overcome crises, noting the need to use this positive experience to facilitate the process of -digitize.

According to Wali in the Casablanca-Settat region, many actors, especially in the metropolis of Casablanca, have shown creativity during this crisis through new projects based on digital platforms, highlighting the importance to generalize and make new technologies accessible.

For his part, Khalid Safir, Wali, Director General of the Territorial Community pointed out that Morocco is cited as an example in terms of digital change and transition, announcing that the Moroccan experience has aroused great enthusiasm during the 9th edition of the Summit. in Kenya.

And to emphasize that the Ministry of the Interior is closely involved at the level of Moroccan local authorities in supporting them in terms of digital transformation and transition through five main axes, to quote this part of the axes of digitalization of methods and work of local authorities. , the generalization of the national territory in terms of telecom coverage, accessibility of young people and citizens in disadvantaged areas, the encouragement of companies to create value and to participate in this digital revolution and to implement in place citizen participation tools.

For his part, Mohamed Jouahri, General Manager of Casablanca Events and Animation pointed out that this edition, placed under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, chose the theme “Community intelligence and low-tech innovation” imposed based on the lessons learned from the two years of Covid-19, noting that during this crisis, Moroccan citizens showed a lot of resilience to break pandemic restrictions.

For him, this strength pushes citizens to rely on accessible technologies at the lowest cost, so the importance of keeping this theme, the goal is to be able to promote this type of technology and get feedback on the experiences of other cities in this. area, and added that the pandemic is somewhat behind us, providing an opportunity for the return of the Smart city to the square level of the United Nations to be opened to the public to familiarize them with the concept of the smart city.

As for Hassan Radoine, Director of the School of Architecture, Planning and Design, at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, he noted that the theme of this event is new because it focuses on ways to transform a metropolis to the smart city, saying that The Covid 19 experience makes it possible to observe the ways in which citizens of Casablanca and anywhere to communicate and how they have adopted digital and new technologies to overcome this difficult time. For him, real intelligence is in the collective and spatial intelligence generated by humans, which marks that it is not new for Morocco who centuries ago knew how to build and build medina and city. Now that this digital element is available, the adoption of technologies by citizens to find solutions makes it possible to provide channels of real strength, sustainability and intelligence, he said, emphasizing that the truly smart town is exploring the treasures of its territories.

Also in the program for this edition, plenaries under the theme “Community and lowtech innovation in the urban fabric”, “New business models in the lowtech city”, “Low-tech for sustainable and strong cities “. Similarly, workshops debating the themes of “Low-tech social equity service and inclusive sustainable development”, “Innovation of community service in Bottom-up management”, “Low-tech start-up and social ”,“ Intelligent technologies and digital sobriety ”are also planned on the menu at this important event.

On the sidelines of the Smart City Casablanca symposium, a village was dedicated to start-ups. The Smart City Casablanca Symposium is also open to the general public on behalf of the United Nations through “Smart City Connect Casablanca”, the aim being to promote the Smart City concept.

The Smart City Casablanca Symposium was held in a hybrid format. This 2.0 event brings together two spectators present through two different ways, one of them will attend the event directly and the other will participate digitally thanks to a special dedicated virtual platform .

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