BRANDON WU | Founder @ ICVR Solutions | Edmonton, Canada
Brandon Wu is a 25-year old born and raised in Edmonton Alberta, with 8 years experience in real estate across residential and commercial real estate, and currently launching a real estate technology company. Brandon began his business career buying and selling computer game items at 12. Gradually, the value of items being bought and sold increased: Brandon sold shoes out of school lockers at lunch, then DJ equipment, motorcycles and vehicles throughout high school. In his first years of university, Brandon obtained his real estate license and began helping people buy and sell apartments and houses. After selling $15,000,000 in assets, Brandon quit the residential industry, shifted into commercial real estate and started ICVR Solutions Inc – a real estate technology company focused on data analytics. With the explosive advancements in machine learning, information availability and a changing workforce – Brandon is currently striving to harness these tech advancements to improve quality and access to real estate information on a global scale.
The Gig Economy’s Impact on How Smart Cities are Built
Technology is continuing to move at an immensely fast pace, and cities must keep up with this change by thinking progressively about how they build cities. Intelligent Cities, also known as “smart cities” are driven by the power of internet connectivity to augment the performance and services provided by the cities. The “gig economy” focuses on workforce participation and income generation via “gigs”, single projects or tasks for which a worker is hired.
In general, nearly one million people move into cities each week. With such inflow of people, the problem arises of how to accommodate efficient facilities and services for all. North American cities are witnessing the highest levels of urbanization since World War I, with millennials continuing to rapidly move to cities, urban centers will need to create intelligent, integrated public services infrastructure to cope and to engage with young consumers.
The innovation of smart city technology and a new workforce will allow the delivery of apt services like reduction of traffic congestion, food distribution, sustainable economics and environmental overload. How will the gig economy have an impact in the rapid change of these cities? Will it be a beneficiary or a detractor to society as a whole?