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How the Internet of Things Will Change Urban Areas Forever

Tech Skilled Workers Will Play a Critical Role in the Transformation of Our Cities

According to the UN, more than half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, and that number is projected to grow to almost two-thirds by 2050. This means that another 2.5 billion people will be living in cities in the next 35 years. The size of these cities is projected to grow tremendously as well.

In 2014, there were 28 megacities (cities with more than 10 million people) worldwide. By 2030, that number is projected to grow to 41. John Wilmoth, director of UN DESA’s population division, sums it up succinctly when he says “managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century.”

And it isn’t just city planning that will need to evolve in order to accommodate this growth. Cities cannot grow sustainably unless there are jobs to support its denizens. New York City, for example, is unlikely to revert to its manufacturing roots anytime soon, so what industries are likely to emerge as we continue into the heart of the 21st century? And what skillsets will workers need to acquire to meet this demand?

To many experts, the answer is technology and innovation. And many of the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century economy will likely be those related to coding, development, and other tech skills driven by the burgeoning IoT economy.

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