Mara Balestrini is a human computer interaction researcher and a technology strategist. She leads the Research Lab at Ideas for Change, a think tank and consultancy firm advising cities, businesses and institutions on innovation, open and collaborative strategies, civic tech and exponential growth. She is also a project manager at the Fab Lab Barcelona where she coordinates Making Sense, a European project that seeks to empower citizens through personal digital manufacturing applied to the design of environmental sensors. She is a member of the University College London Engineering Exchange, advisor at the Open Faculty, contributor to the Sharing Cities Network and co-organiser of the Ouishare Collaborative Economy Research Network. She teaches at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, has worked as a video journalist and has been a university lecturer and a research assistant at the Group of Interactive Technologies, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).
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How do we make sure that smart cities involve citizens? How do we create smart citizens as well as smart cities? And is the public sector ready to deliver on the smart city potential?