Smart Cities Course in Lviv Ukraine March 2015


The Lviv Business School, an internationally respected institution sponsored a unique event-  where cities, companies and students from across Ukraine attended a class on Smart Cities and then went to work in Lviv with the full support of seven city departments. Students shared their experiences, investigated the value and use of data analytics to help improve city planning and operations and provided reviews and analysis.

We thank the guest lecturers, Matthew Bass from Carnegie Mellon University, Anna Dyson from RPI’s CASE institute, Tony Carrato from IBM and Constantine Kontokosta from CUSP at NYU.  We also thank the Mayor of Lviv and his team for providing such tremendous support for the course.

The class of 60 people which was drawn from a list of 120 applicants spent the first day learning about cities from a range of experts, on the second day they heard from the leaders of all seven city departments and for the next 1.5 to 2 days went to work in the city traveling and observing public transport, inspecting the water / sewer system, working with the Lviv city institute, discussing opportunities and challenges of tourism, economic development with those departments and working with the police and IT departments to better understand how they work together and use information to make this historic city stay interesting, available and attractive.

Many cities in Ukraine participated including Lviv, Vinnytsia, Kyiv, Slavutych, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, Kharkiv, Zhovka, Dolyna.  Not only did we have a good time – but we also learned a lot from the city and from each other.  We also had some 35 companies represented – all of which have been growing their IT outsourcing business. Keep watching this space for many more details !



We thank the Urban Systems Collaborative for supporting this work !!