WISE WISE: Smart Cities in Latin America Cities play an increasing role in shaping our societies and future developments. They are home to most of the global population, concentrate economic power and trade, and stimulate innovation and change. Latin America is one of the most urbanized regions of the world (80%) and cities generate more than 70% of its GDP. Answers to many of today’s development challenges will need to be found in and with cities. The concept of smart cities acknowledges the fast pace urban environments change as well as the need for more intelligent and encompassing approaches, which include all sectors into decision-making. New technologies enable to close the gap between constantly changing conditions and the response pace/scope of implemented answers. From intelligent transport systems, smart grids, to sophisticated geolocalization services: the main challenge remains how to make smart cities different from their predecessors ? The industrial, service-based, and creative cities were often as much engine of growth as of inequality and exclusion. GIMLA created a Working Group on Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Environments (WISE) in order to foster cutting edge research and cross-sectoral exchanges on the growing interest of smart cities in Latin America. The aim of WISE is to stimulate multi-disciplinary debates with a more human-centered focus by creating synergies between research, teaching, and outreach activities. The working group generates new insights into the multiple ways new technologies might reverse certain urbanization trends and contribute to more sustainable and inclusive development. Interested parties can respond to the call for expressions of interest and / or join the inaugural workshop, taking place on September 18 in Rio de Janeiro.