Talk + Panel
Creating Citizen-Focused Smart Cities: Bottoms Up

  • What this is

    Conversations that highlight how design shapes the region, with opportunities to learn from designers firsthand.

  • When & Where

    • Sep 9: 6-6:45pm

  • Tags

    Design = Equity, Connection, Sustainability, Transformation
    Discipline Experience, Product, Research, Sustainability, Urban
Talk + Panel
Creating Citizen-Focused Smart Cities: Bottoms Up
Photo: Marc-Olivier Jodoin

How do cities today get a leg up on innovation? What does a smart city really mean? How does design thinking play a role, and how can that be enhanced by inviting bottom-up participation from the community? How can human-centered design — and you — be involved?

There are a lot of questions around the global mission for cities to become “smart,” enter the 21st century, provide efficient services that address sustainability, and much more. Join us for a human-centered design approach to Smart Cities including the exploration of collaborative projects that have addressed issues such as parklets, housing, air pollution, and more.

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Gain insights into what has worked, what hasn’t, and why, and learn how our contributions are critical at this time. Attendees will be invited afterward to join an optional networking session with SDXD.

  • Photo: Yeshi Kangrang
  • Photo: Felix Fuchs
  • Photo: Thirdrail
  • Photo: Josephine Baran
Photo: Agile City
  • Photo: AP / Luis Banav
  • Photo: SV Johnson
  • Photo: Rebar Park(ing) Day
  • Photo: Rebar Park(ing) Day
Photo: Denys Nevozhai

About the hosts


SDXD is a catalyst for a vibrant experience design community. A professional networking and education organization, we serve primarily UX research and design practitioners but welcome anyone who works in, or is simply interested in, the various experience design disciplines and techniques. Join us for growth, connection, and inspiration with UX practitioners in SD and beyond!

Sheba Najmi

Sheba Najmi has been leading user experiences for 18 years, most recently as the Head of Product Design for the LinkedIn Profile and Search. She’s currently Head of Design at FreeWill and Founder & Executive Director of Tech for Change. Sheba is a former Code for America Fellow, where she led the creation of Honolulu Answers, a participatory web product that has been re-deployed in a dozen cities around the world. Sheba was also a UX Design Lead at Yahoo!, and holds MS and BS degrees in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.


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