Başakşehir Living Lab Interview at ICSG 2016 – User Engagement Driven Testbeds for Smartcities

End users and city dwellers are getting involved in the development of smart city products and services, through the ‘living lab’ concept, in the Başakşehir district of Istanbul.“People, public authorities and private sector are all important in the process,” - Ömer Onur, Managing Director, Başakşehir Living LabAn example of activities that have been run include hackathons, with one having a focus on traffic issues in Istanbul. The outcomes will have the agreement of end users and then they also will likely satisfy the municipality and mayor. “There are lots of winners and no losers if smart cities are done this way!”

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