17 episodes

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.

CityCast - the smart cities podcast from CityVerve CityVerve

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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.

    CityCast - Episode 16: The Finale, Pt. 2

    CityCast - Episode 16: The Finale, Pt. 2

    Picking up right from where we left off in Episode 15, the second half of our two-part finale sees the CityVerve leadership team looking to the future.

    Manchester City Council's Mark Duncan, MSP's Rowena Burns and Cisco's Nick Chrissos have all played key roles at the helm of the project, and in this - the very last episode in the CityCast series - they discuss what happens next. Not just in terms of what happens to CityVerve, but where the project has left the smart city sector more broadly.

    They discuss how what's happened here in Manchester will inform the city's imminent future, as well as how the city authorities and partners involved in the project are already working with cities all over the world - in places as far flung as Australia and China - to pass on their experiences and expertise.

    We ask Rowena, Mark and Nick what their must-have ingredients would be if designing a utopian city from scratch - and find out whether the past two years of working on CityVerve have changed how they think about the cities we live in.

    • 33 min
    CityCast - Episode 15: The Finale, Pt. 1

    CityCast - Episode 15: The Finale, Pt. 1

    For our final episodes of CityCast, we want to send the project off in style.

    That's why, over the course of our two-part finale, you'll be hearing from the people responsible for keeping CityVerve on track and staying at the very forefront of smart city innovations.

    Regular listeners will recognise Rowena Burns as a former host of this podcast series, but she's also been instrumental in steering the CityVerve project as MSP's chief executive.

    Cisco's Nick Chrissos has been responsible for technical delivery of the project as a whole, and has plenty to share about the new challenges and experiences the past two years have thrown up.

    And from a Manchester City Council perspective, Mark Duncan has been on hand to make sure that the city's objectives are being met - and learning lots about futuristic IoT technology in the process!

    In this episode, the leadership team reflect on what's been achieved, overcome and celebrated on the project to date. What went well? What didn't turn out as expected? And, most importantly, what have we learned in the process?

    Part two will cover off what happens next for the project, and where our discoveries will take us next...

    • 31 min
    CityCast - Episode 14: battery power, pedal power and people power

    CityCast - Episode 14: battery power, pedal power and people power

    We're on a whistle-stop tour of Manchester this month, talking about power in some of its many forms.

    We investigate the future of energy provision with Bruntwood's Bev Taylor and the shiny new Tesla battery at Manchester Science Park. 

    With Clicks + Links, we hop aboard a Mobike and find out how virtual reality and pedal power is transforming the way city and transport planners approach their role of shaping the way we move around our cities.

    And we also hear from the Robot Orchestra Collective - in more ways than one - about how they're using data produced by the city and its occupants to make music and perform in new and innovative ways.

    • 33 min
    CityCast - Episode 13: with film director David Petch, and the City of Firsts walking tour

    CityCast - Episode 13: with film director David Petch, and the City of Firsts walking tour

    CityCast returns - and we've been painting a portrait of our city and its people.

    In this month's episode, writer and filmmaker David Petch came into the studio to talk about the film he's making about Manchester - and how it ties into the citizen-centric approach to smart cities that CityVerve promotes.

    We also reported from our three-day 'conference-as-lab' called Every Thing Is Connected, and tested out a new walking tour of Manchester that traces some of the pioneering innovations that the city claims as its own.

    • 26 min
    CityCast - Episode 12: with Ling Tan, FAULT LINES; and Open Innovation selection day

    CityCast - Episode 12: with Ling Tan, FAULT LINES; and Open Innovation selection day

    Having battled off the Beast From The East, we’re back for another episode of CityCast.

    This month, FAULT LINES artist Ling Tan joined us in the studio to talk about her upcoming SUPERGESTURES performances, the various workshops that she’s run to get the project to this stage, and her own recent brush with the wintry weather.

    We also reported from the Open Innovation selection day, held at the Bright Building in Manchester. David Crookes, one of our Citizen Journalists, was there to meet the start-ups pitching their ideas and speak with the judges who’d be deciding on the final cohort.

    Anne Dornan, meanwhile, was up against the clock in Meet The Partners – introducing us to the work that MSP leads on in the CityVerve project.

    • 30 min
    CityCast - Episode 11: with Anne Dornan, MSP; and Rayan Jawad, Growth Studio

    CityCast - Episode 11: with Anne Dornan, MSP; and Rayan Jawad, Growth Studio

    We're back for the first CityCast episode of 2018, and we're diving straight in with a big, sometimes perplexing subject: open innovation.

    Thankfully, the studio was graced with a couple of people who know about collaboration.

    Anne Dornan heads up MSP's innovation activities, and joined us to talk about the CityVerve Open Innovation challenges.

    Rayan Jawad is co-founder at Growth Studio and knows a thing or two about how to scale from an innovative idea to a ground-breaking reality.

    Discussion ranged from the benefits of a collaborative approach, to how to actually make one work - as well as whether innovation itself has become something of an empty buzzword.

    Elsewhere, we've got all the latest smart city news updates from around the world and have put another partner up against the clock for Meet The Partners.

    Find out more about the CityVerve Open Innovation challenges over here: https://cityverve.org.uk/cityverve-open-innovation-challenges-seeking-new-collaborators-build-better-city/

    • 26 min

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