Smart Cities and Urban Innovation Learning from Santiago de Chile and its current initiatives Course lecturer: Prof. Dr. Vanessa Boanada Fuchs and Dr. Anthony Boanada-Fuchs Course outline:Cities play an increasing role in shaping our societies and future development. Those that manage to activate the potential of technological and social innovations (such as internet of things, big data) and create synergies between different sectors, can become more livable, inclusive, sustainable, economically efficient and administratively transparent. But how innovative is the ʺSmart Citiesʺ discourse? What are the ways through which governments activate technology and innovation to foster more sustainable societies (environmentally and socially)? What can we learn from successful cases? Would it be possible to transfer their approaches to different regional contexts? These are questions that will be addressed during the block seminar taking place in Santiago de Chile, an ideal place to study the topic smart cities and social innovation: The country has generated an innovation culture over the last years which increasingly receives international recognition.The block seminar is scheduled as a workshop week to take place in Santiago de Chile. Students receive a combination of lectures, site visits, interactive debates with knowledge stakeholders and a hands‐on workshop. Due to the support and involvement of different actors, such as international organisations, the government, local researchers, and NGOs, participants will have a wide access to information as well as different viewpoints on smart cities. Dates and Special Application Procedure Dates: March 30 - April 3Registration: From January 23 to February 10, 2019Special application procedure: Please, submit your motivation letter and CV to GIMLA with the headline "Compact Chile" Fees and Further Information 6 ECTS in Contextual Studies (Cultures), Course No. 8677Open to all Master students of the University of St.Gallen. HSG students currently in exchange in Latin America are specially encouraged to apply and are granted special permission to acquire the ECTS for this course upon successful completion.Limited number of seatsFees: The course is free, but students must bear the costs of international flight and local accommodation and transportation during the trip (around CHF1'200-1'400).