We are a network of strategists and engineers setting a higher ethic for urban tech.

Our values are firm: Be open. Be willing. And focus on those most in need.

From autonomous vehicles to serverless architectures, we dive deep into the innards of emerging technologies to identify disruptions before they happen.

This gives those who care about cities—be they residents, government agencies, or socially-conscious companies—the power to choose which innovations we encourage and which we hold back.

Here are some of the most exciting things on our plate.

Rethinking Robots: Chapter In New BBC Book

Last June, we struggled to find a space to talk about the future of autonomous vehicles amidst so many urgent and important conversations. But one opportunity, the BBC’s remarkable Rethink podcast, arrived on our doorstep in early July.

Scenarios Explore Inclusive Futures for Last Mile Delivery

As part of a larger effort to reset the global conversation about technology platforms and power, we developed a set of three scenarios that explore how consumer cooperatives, maker collectives, and national postal systems can rewrite the future of last mile delivery systems as a tool for wealth development rather than wealth extraction.

You can search our back catalog here.

But don't forget to check out our most requested downloads

The Most Important Mile: Inclusive Futures for Local Delivery. (2020)  Three scenarios that explore in turn how consumer cooperatives, maker collectives, and national postal systems can play a crucial role in rewriting the future of last mile delivery systems as a tool for wealth development rather than wealth extraction. PDF 5.6 Mb
Big Urban Data: A Strategic Guide for Cities. (2019) A maturity model for cities throughout the Global South , built for the Inter-America Development Bank to assess and track efforts to improve governance with, and of, urban data. (English PDF 5.6 Mb • Español PDF 15.5 Mb)
Taming the Autonomous Vehicle. A comprehensive, illustrated full-color briefing book for mayors on the future of automated mobility. PDF 67 Mb

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Considering working with us?

We're a different kind of consultancy

We gather the right team for every project. Our collaborators hail from diverse geographies and disciplines.

We typically only take on a single project at a time. That means if we’re working with you, we’re focused exclusively on you.

We put people before profits. That isn’t always easy, and sometimes means we lose business. But we’ll try to change your point of view first.

We don’t just talk about urban technology. We code, design space, prototype hardware, write charters, and build networks.

We’ve worked throughout the Americas, Europe,  Asia, and Africa. We’re coming for you next, Australia. 

We literally wrote the book on smart cities. We’re still here because we know what works, and what’s just hype.