JOSHUA FRASER | Founder & CEO @ DataNerds & Estated | Colorado, USA
An early fascination with entrepreneurship, data, and analytics, lead Joshua to start Data Nerds in early 2014 when he moved to Kelowna from Edmonton. They have dabbled in digital marketing, advertising, and optimization in several domains albeit real estate data and analytics is their primary focus. Today, Data Nerds is funded by Foundry Group and Techstars Ventures, they have been through the prestigious Techstars accelerator and are a rapidly scaling startup in Kelowna, British Columbia and Boulder, Colorado.
In his spare time, you’ll catch him mountain biking with Rupert (dog), sipping an iced Americano, sweating it out at Moksha, sprinting somewhere in a field or on road bike racing the streets.
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?