Smart-cities are crossing the interests between digital technologies and urban developments. Several have been announced on the continent.
As for matters of climate, culture, history, and lifestyles, it is a need that the African innovators develop vernacular models of smart cities instead of importing those from anywhere else. Furthermore, it is crucial for the African people that the urban and tech developments have a social impact and serve job creation as well as education and health systems creation. No city could be called smart for impoverishing its local population with debt creation and money flows to foreign enterprises importing unadapted solutions from abroad. This has been the mantra of Sename Koffi for the last 10 years.
Smart-City projects repertoire on the continent
HubCity as a philosophy aims to transform the city from open innovation hubs by creating virtuous synergies between startups inside the lab and outside, in the neighborhood. Experienced and validated in Lomé, HubCity defends an educative mission at its core. Considering the context it can take the turn of more frugal innovations, or a code-oriented ecosystem. In all cases, it offers a practical space to learn the state-of-the-art of computer technologies with peers, at all ages, in the most democratic manner. Craftworkers, students, and children will find mentors, meetings, workshops, and support to make their ideas alive.