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Master in City Technology Collaborative Entities:

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is launching an EU accredited Master programme in City and Technology. The Master programme represents an effort of facilitating the exchange of knowledge and the mutual learning of urban experiences among cities.

Barcelona is considered to be at the forefront for urban strategic planning, awarded the European Capital of Innovation (“iCapital”) prize “for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens” by the European Commission.

Hence the MaCT proposes to learn from the experiences of Barcelona, and applying these learning in Mumbai, representing one of the several actions between the Mumbai and Barcelona urban administrations.


Foster + Partners understands that the best design comes from a completely integrated approach from conception to completion. We have a strong creative team, in which structural and environmental engineers work alongside the architects from the beginning of the design process. By doing so, we believe that they can learn from one another and combine their knowledge to devise wholly integrated design solutions. The design teams are supported by numerous in-house disciplines, ensuring that we have the knowledge base to create buildings that are environmentally sustainable and uplifting to use.

The Urban Design team applies a holistic approach to the study of the city, exploring patterns of behaviour, demographics and the hidden systems that influence the built environment, from the property market to underground infrastructure. The team draws on an extensive body of data to inform the design process.

Many of their tools are custom-made, including a touch-screen system that allows users to collaborate in a virtual environment, testing the impact of different configurations on pedestrian activity. By analysing trends influencing cities today, they help us to create communities for the future.

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The Audi Urban Future Initiative aims to establish a dialogue about urban mobility and sustainable and enjoyable ways to move from one place to another. It is a multifaceted effort rooted in the belief that mobility challenges are best addressed in a collective and interdisciplinary context. Established in 2010, the initiative comprises several components: the Audi Urban Future Award, an invited ideas competition that aims to stimulate new visions for cities and urban mobility; research collaborations with academic and cultural institutions worldwide; interactive events and workshops that bring together experts from many fields; and an internal, interdepartmental think tank dedicated to issues of urban mobility.


Rapid urbanization across the globe has a direct impact on our future mobility needs. 75{d857388f21b456b5950843ccf3ce3afcfd8f254def444a67f9da77e83e0d77e9} of the infrastructure needed for urban environments by 2050 is not built yet, which offers a substantial potential for new business models and ideas.

Urban Standards is a specialist in finding new ways of value creation through the systemic integration of technologies, services and partners in the urban real estate. We develop and assess solutions for mobility/transport service providers, real estate developers, and cities that match future needs and create new user experiences.

Carlo Ratti Associati is a rapidly growing architectural practice based in Turin, Italy, with branches in Boston and London. Drawing on Carlo Ratti’s research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the office is currently involved in many projects across the globe. Embracing every scale of intervention, ranging from city masterplans to furniture design, the work of the practice focuses on revolutionizing the use of digital technologies in our built environment and daily lives.

Among the most recent projects is the Future Food District for Expo Milano 2015. Other projects included the design of the headquarters of the leading Trussardi fashion house in the center of Milan, Italy, 1000 Tsunami-safer houses in Sri Lanka, The Cloud for the London 2012 Olympics, the Makr Shakr robotic bar for Google I/O 2013 and the Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain.

The practice has received many awards including TIME Magazine’s ‘Best Inventions of the Year” for the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel. In 2011, the practice was selected as one of the ‘New Talents in Architecture’ by the Renzo Piano Foundation. The work of the office has been featured in leading publications worldwide, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Der Spiegel, Discovery Channel, BBC, Domus and Abitare.


The Why Factory (T?F) is a global think-tank and research institute, run by MVRDV and Delft University of Technology and led by professor Winy Maas. It explores possibilities for the development of our cities by focusing on the production of models and visualisations for cities of the future.Education and research of The Why Factory are combined in a research lab and platform that aims to analyse, theorise and construct future cities. The Why Factory investigates the given world and produces future scenarios beyond it; from universal to specific and global to local. It proposes, constructs and envisions hypothetical societies and cities; from science to fiction and vice versa. The Why Factory thus acts as a future world scenario making machinery.



Ideas for Change is a think tank and consultancy firm advising cities, businesses and institutions on innovation strategy, open and collaborative business models; citizen participation; and exponential growth. We have delivered outstanding results to clients such as Sony, Telefonica, Adeo, OuiShare, Foundation Princesa Girona, Mondragon, Barcelona City Council, Bristol City Council, and Government of the Basque Country among others. Pioneer social innovation initiatives such as Ciutadania4.0 and Lan Irekia are examples of our work. Most recently, we have developed a “Commons-based framework for participatory urbanism” for the city of Bristol (UK) and Pentagrowth: The five levers for accelerated growth.

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OuiShare is a global community and thinks and do-tank. Our mission is to build and nurture a collaborative society by connecting people, organizations and ideas around fairness, openness and trust.

We believe that economic, political and social systems based on these values can solve many of the complex challenges the world faces, and enable everyone to access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

OuiShare activities consist of building community, producing knowledge and incubating projects around the topics of communities and the collaborative economy, as well as offering support to individuals and organizations through professional services and education.

Started in January 2012 in Paris, OuiShare is now an international leader in the collaborative economy field. A non-profit organization which has rapidly evolved from a handful of enthusiasts to a global movement in dozens of countries in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, our network of expert Connectors engage hundreds of members and contributors worldwide.


The new open innovation paradigm, with innumerable participants and partners trying to collaborate in spite of their diverse interests and goals, creates an environment of unprecedented complexity. What is the order of this chaos?

At dotopen, we have dedicated the better part of the last decade building the expertise, tools and processes that we customize to the needs of the project. Our expert team, our partnerships and communications reach and our technology platforms enable us to bring about projects and programs with effective and measurable ecosystem productivity.


inAtlas is a Big Data and Location Analytics company that offers strategic business solutions. It has created a proprietary technology that increases the speed of geospatial data processing. Since 2010, it has designed and developed customized tools for private companies like Heineken, Northgate, Prisa Radio, Informa D&B, among others; and public governments like those of the Barcelona City or Santa Cruz de Tenerife City. In 2014 it launched inAtlasPlaces, the first Geospatial SelfService Web App that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses to choose the right location for their new businesses. inAtlas offers a set of APIs with rigorous location data about businesses, consumers, real-estate and online reputation. inAtlas works in the field of urban competitiveness by its own 6T approach: Territory, Tourism, Time, Technology, Talent and Tolerance. In 2013, inAtlas was recognized as an Innovative New Tech Company by the Government of Spain, Minister of Economy and Competitiveness.


300.000km/s develops projects, builds tools, investigates ideas, experiments with reality, edits and communicates its learning products, while being committed to, and encouraging, the achievement of an architecture and a more livable city. Make our knowledge transformative activity.

300.000km/s works in an interdisciplinary way between the historic heritage, museology, lighting, industrial design, transmedia space and urbanism. An apparent dispersion seeks new ephemeral and light to intervene in the environment strategies.


Synergic Partners is a specialized Big Data, Data Science and Data Engineering consultancy firm committed to delivering solutions and services that enable companies to leverage the business value of their enterprise data. We help our clients to gain competitive advantages in areas such as Customer Insight, Fraud prevention, Risk and Compliance, Financial governance or Mergers and Acquisitions, among other business challenges.

MIC is an international transport planning firm founded in 2009 by Davide Boazzi, Federico Cassani and Federico Parolotto who decided to open a new firm after 10 years of experience in the field.

MIC is founded on the belief that mobility influences the way we live and the quality of our lives. and was created with the ambition of improving the quality of our lives through a profound understanding of how we move. In line with previous professional experience, the MIC team is strongly focused on international work, providing transport consultancy to developers, master planners and public bodies all around the world. MIC introduces a new innovative and sustainable vision for mobility, a vision that is based upon understanding the need of the client and focused on both functional matters and urban quality.

MCRIT” stands for “Multicriteria”, the evaluation method that integrates multiple quantitative and qualitative criteria. MCRIT counts on a multidisciplinary staff of consultants specialised on strategic, urban and regional development, with a particular focus on infrastructure and transportation planning. To support these work activities, MCRIT develops advanced information, forecast, evaluation and communication systems.

Since the early nineties, MCRIT is deeply involved in the design and implementation of plans and projects in Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain for public institutions at all scales as well as for private companies mostly large infrastructure developers or managers, transport and other public service operators, such as Abertis, Saba or ENDESA. In the rest of Europe, MCRIT works with the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the European Parliament; in the Mediterranean, MCRIT works for institutions such as the Union of the Mediterranean or the European Centre for Transport Studies; at world level, MCRIT collaborates with institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank (BID), the World Bank and United Nations/Habitat, in cooperation with governments in different Latin-American countries.