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Anthony Townsend

Research Director, Technology Horizons Program for Institute for the Future

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Anthony Townsend Biography

Dr. Anthony Townsend is research director at the Institute for the Future, an independent research organization based in California’s Silicon Valley. His research focuses on the impact of new technology on cities, infrastructure and public institutions and the role of technology in economic development. His recent forecasts have addressed smart cities and internet of things, big data and inclusive urban development, a national innovation strategy framework for a major emerging economy, cloud computing and the restructuring of a major state court administrative agency and the evolving role of science and technology parks in economic development.

Townsend additionally holds the post of senior research fellow at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, where he is investigating the impacts of mobile information services and communications on travel behavior and long-term shifts in mobility demands in megacities, and the impacts of both trends on transportation planning and policy analysis. Townsend's return to NYU resumes his earlier collaboration with the Taub Urban Research Center, where from 2000-2005 he directed research sponsored by the National Science Foundation on urban technology and the Department of Homeland Security on crisis communications.

Townsend is actively involved in policymaking and economic development organizations around the world. In 2004 he was a Fulbright Exchange Scholar at the Seoul Development Institute in South Korea, studying the social impacts of broadband on the Seoul metropolitan region. He was one of the original founders of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the municipal wireless movement that promotes the use of public-access Wi-Fi in the development of local communities. He testified at a United States Senate hearing on “Research Parks and Job Creation” in December 2009, and serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Science Parks. He has served on mayoral municipal broadband advisory boards in both New York City and San Francisco and advises technology and economic development agencies in several global cities. He was recently named one of Planetizen’s Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology and Top 100 Thinkers tracking the internet of things by Postscapes.

His first book, “Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia” is published by W.W. Norton & Co.

Townsend holds a doctorate degree in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University.

Speaking Topics
  • Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia

    Today, more people live in cities than in the countryside; mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones; and machines outnumber people on a new Internet of Things. In this era of mass urbanization and technological ubiquity, what happens when computers take over the city? In this talk, urban planning expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad look at the people and historical forces that have transformed the design of cities and information technologies. As a new generation of technology barons, entrepreneurs, mayors, and civic coders try to shape our future, Townsend explores their motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings, offering a new civics for building communities: together, one click at a time.

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Anthony Townsend Biography

Dr. Anthony Townsend is research director at the Institute for the Future, an independent research organization based in California’s Silicon Valley. His research focuses on the impact of new technology on cities, infrastructure and public institutions and the role of technology in economic development. His recent forecasts have addressed smart cities and internet of things, big data and inclusive urban development, a national innovation strategy framework for a major emerging economy, cloud computing and the restructuring of a major state court administrative agency and the evolving role of science and technology parks in economic development.

Townsend additionally holds the post of senior research fellow at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, where he is investigating the impacts of mobile information services and communications on travel behavior and long-term shifts in mobility demands in megacities, and the impacts of both trends on transportation planning and policy analysis. Townsend's return to NYU resumes his earlier collaboration with the Taub Urban Research Center, where from 2000-2005 he directed research sponsored by the National Science Foundation on urban technology and the Department of Homeland Security on crisis communications.

Townsend is actively involved in policymaking and economic development organizations around the world. In 2004 he was a Fulbright Exchange Scholar at the Seoul Development Institute in South Korea, studying the social impacts of broadband on the Seoul metropolitan region. He was one of the original founders of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the municipal wireless movement that promotes the use of public-access Wi-Fi in the development of local communities. He testified at a United States Senate hearing on “Research Parks and Job Creation” in December 2009, and serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Science Parks. He has served on mayoral municipal broadband advisory boards in both New York City and San Francisco and advises technology and economic development agencies in several global cities. He was recently named one of Planetizen’s Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology and Top 100 Thinkers tracking the internet of things by Postscapes.

His first book, “Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia” is published by W.W. Norton & Co.

Townsend holds a doctorate degree in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University.

Anthony Townsend Speaking Topics

  • Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia

    Today, more people live in cities than in the countryside; mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones; and machines outnumber people on a new Internet of Things. In this era of mass urbanization and technological ubiquity, what happens when computers take over the city? In this talk, urban planning expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad look at the people and historical forces that have transformed the design of cities and information technologies. As a new generation of technology barons, entrepreneurs, mayors, and civic coders try to shape our future, Townsend explores their motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings, offering a new civics for building communities: together, one click at a time.

Anthony Townsend Videos

  • Anthony Townsend BUILD 2016 | The Past, Present, and Future of ...
    Sep 22, 2017 ... In this keynote address, Anthony Townsend, founder of Bits and Atoms, a strategic advisory practice focused on technology-enabled...
  • Anthony Townsend: Building Smart Cities for the Future - YouTube
    Oct 23, 2013 ... Five years ago, the world's urban population surpassed the rural population for the first time in history, and the number of city...
  • Anthony Townsend: The Smart City. Aligning Industry and ...
    Nov 25, 2011 ... The concept of "smart cities" has become a catchphrase for many companies seeking to offer solutions to many of the problems in...

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  • How to book Anthony Townsend?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Anthony Townsend for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Anthony Townsend, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Anthony Townsend or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Anthony Townsend?

    Booking fees for Anthony Townsend, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Anthony Townsend, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Anthony Townsend?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Anthony Townsend for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Anthony Townsend for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Anthony Townsend or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Anthony Townsend or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Anthony Townsend is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia. The estimated speaking fee range to book Anthony Townsend for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Anthony Townsend generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Greg Lindsay, Gijs van Wulfen, Shawn DuBravac, Carlo Ratti and Sandy Kennedy. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Anthony Townsend for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Anthony Townsend Speaking Topics

  • Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia

    Today, more people live in cities than in the countryside; mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones; and machines outnumber people on a new Internet of Things. In this era of mass urbanization and technological ubiquity, what happens when computers take over the city? In this talk, urban planning expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad look at the people and historical forces that have transformed the design of cities and information technologies. As a new generation of technology barons, entrepreneurs, mayors, and civic coders try to shape our future, Townsend explores their motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings, offering a new civics for building communities: together, one click at a time.

Anthony Townsend Speaker Videos

  • Anthony Townsend BUILD 2016 | The Past, Present, and Future of ...
    Sep 22, 2017 ... In this keynote address, Anthony Townsend, founder of Bits and Atoms, a strategic advisory practice focused on technology-enabled urban development, shares t...
    Anthony Townsend: Building Smart Cities for the Future - YouTube
    Oct 23, 2013 ... Five years ago, the world's urban population surpassed the rural population for the first time in history, and the number of city dwellers is expected to double in the next century....
  • Anthony Townsend: The Smart City. Aligning Industry and ...
    Nov 25, 2011 ... The concept of "smart cities" has become a catchphrase for many companies seeking to offer solutions to many of the problems in urban hubs today in the areas...

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