Since its release in 2016, Pokemon Go has become a true social phenomenon, illustrating the growing public appetite for solutions that combine real and virtual worlds via a smartphone. New cultural experiences that use augmented reality technologies, geolocation or game mechanics to entertain mobile customers are constantly emerging. At the same time, museums are striving to reinvent a more interactive and immersive visitor experience. How can virtual reality be used to enrich the cultural experience, without cutting people off from the real world?
Rechargeable alkaline batteries, hydrogen powered cars, solar printers… Will these innovations revolutionize our daily lives? These ideas and principles are hardly new – in fact, some of them were invented more than a hundred years ago! Innovating to enhance our future also means exploring our past and the ingenuity of engineers, inventors and architects of previous centuries.
By 2050, the urban population of Africa is expected to double, reaching 1.2 billion inhabitants. Yet half of its urban areas have yet to be built. On 6 March 2020 at the Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville, a panel of experts in this field shared their vision of the African continent’s sustainable and inclusive cities of tomorrow.