The Flow of Urban Life

Connected Cities: Inclusive Technology

Episode Summary

More than 4.2 billion of us live and work in cities every day. Some of us need specific accommodations for disabilities, whether in a digital world or the real world. Now, as urban populations continue to grow, many cities are turning to technology to create smarter, more liveable environments for all. Join us as we talk to some of the people at the forefront of inclusive urban innovation. 

Episode Notes

How can we make our cities more inclusive? The host Sam Hughes explores how technology can improve urban design with three guest speakers, all with expertise in working with accessible technology:

Ilkka Pirttimaa, developer of BlindSquare, the world’s most widely used GPS-app for the blind, deafblind and partially sighted.


Holger Dieterich from SozialHelden, co-founder of, a map designed to help people find and mark wheelchair-accessible places all over the world.


Mirva Nevalainen, Head of Ecosystem Partner Operations at KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry with a mission to improve the flow of urban life.


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