Smart Cities and Urban Innovation Learning from Santiago de Chile and its current initiatives Course lecturers: Prof. Dr. Vanessa Boanada Fuchs and Dr. Anthony Boanada-Fuchs Cautionary Note: As a consequence of the global pandemic and mobility restrictions, the study trip might need to be transferred into a virtual format, similar as it was the case in the 2020 edition. We keep observing the situation and will remain in constant exchange with our local partners in order to make well-informed decisions at an adequate speed. 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 wide access to information as well as different viewpoints on smart cities. Dates and Special Application Procedure Dates: April 5 - April 9, 2021 Registration: Bidding starts end of January based on a Special Application Procedure Please, send a short email to GIMLA with the headline "Smart Cities ‑ Santiago de Chile" outlining in a couple of sentences your specific interest and motivation of joining this Latam Compact. We advise doing so early after the official bidding starts in order to leave enough time for the selection of the applicants and confirmation of the places. Fees and Further Information 6 ECTS in Contextual Studies (Cultures), Course No. 4,673Open to all Bachelor students of the University of St.Gallen. HSG students currently in exchange in Latin America are especially encouraged to apply and are granted special permission to acquire the ECTS for this course upon successful completion.A limited number of seats availableFees: The course is free, but students must bear the costs of an international flight and local accommodation and transportation during the trip. More concrete estimates will be communicated in early 2021, but we hope to organize the trip at a cost of approx. CHF 1'300 - 1'500.