The City 2.0

The wish

The City 2.0

The winner

The City 2.0

The year

2012

I am the City 2.0. Dream me. Build me. Make me real.

The plan

Create a platform to allow citizens anywhere to participate in the creation of the City 2.0. The platform will connect and empower individuals and communities around the world through editorial content, a shareable project database, tools for local engagement, and resources for executing ideas. The result will be an ever-expanding network of citizen-led, scalable experiments. Plan a TED event that celebrates the future of of the City 2.0.


Current status

City 2.0 awarded ten $10,000 grants throughout 2013 to fund innovative ideas to make lives in cities just a little bit better. Jason Sweeney received a grant to crowdsource quiet spaces in Adelaide, Australia; Asim Fayaz, Omer Sheikh and Khurram Siddiqi moved forward on creating better street signage for Lahore, Pakistan; and Ruganzu Bruno Tusingwire worked on creating amusement park built from recycled plastic bottles in Kampala, Uganda. On September 20, 2013, TEDCity2.0 took place in New York City. The event surfaced stories of urban ingenuity from across the globe—and nearly half have been featured on TED.com. In the 48 hours surrounding the event, 138 self-organized TEDxCity2.0 events were held in 48 countries, all sharing big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions.

On the newly launched TEDCity2.org, you’ll find great talks on topics like housing, education and food, and how they relate to life in the bustling metropolis. You’ll find video explorations of 10 award-winning local projects that received funding through this TED Prize wish, and resources for those hoping to spark change in their cities. The site will also be the home of all future TEDCity2.0 projects -- an online haven for grassroots movers and shakers who are creating the city of the future.


Get involved

  1. Watch TEDCity2.0 talks
  2. Download the City 2.0 TED Book: City 2.0: The Habitat of the Future and How to Get There
  3. Listen to TED Radio Hour: The Future of Cities

The wish

“I am the crucible of the future.
I am where humanity will either flourish or fade.
I am being built and rebuilt every day.
I am inevitable. But I am not yet determined.
I wish to be inclusive, innovative, healthy, soulful, thriving. But my potential can only be reached through you.

You can forge a new urban outlook. Begin by connecting. Imagine a platform that brings you together, locally and globally. Combine the reach of the cloud with the power of the crowd. Connect leaders, experts, companies, organizations and citizens. Share your tools, data, designs, successes, and ideas. Turn them into action.

Together you can:
Bridge the gap between poor and rich communities.
Spectacularly reduce your carbon footprint.
Make nature part of daily life.
Empower entrepreneurship.
Re-imagine education.
Nurture health.
I am the City 2.0. Dream me. Build me. Make me real.”