IST380.1 Urban Hacking: From Smart Cities to Smart Citizens

Taught in Spanish at Pontificia Universidad Católica; may not be offered every semester.  The course aims to build a local theoretical-practical framework associated with Smart Cities that supports a critical position and sharpens observation in our urban, social, and environmental surroundings. Students successfully completing the course will develop analytical skills to understand the notion of objects and/ or intelligent environments, as well as project skills for the intervention of local spaces.

Experimental sensors (urban hacking) will be designed and implemented to allow the measurement of variables through the use of hardware and software that allow the operation of microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators.

The main goals of the course are the construction of a conceptual framework associated with local problems, and to design and implement an experimental device capable of interacting with the socio­-urban environment.  Specifically, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the theoretical foundations of the Digital Cities paradigm.
  • Identify and formulate local problems associated with the socio-urban.
  • Develop hermeneutic prototypes with the ability to interact with the local environment.
  • Program software and hardware that allow the operation of sensors and actuators.
  • Design and manufacture prototypes of data visualization (out of phase), social debates, and interventions (in real time).

(PUC #IDN0062)

Department: Information Studies

Location: Santiago

Credits: 3