Four white papers, drafted by academic and policy experts, were used to inform discussions throughout the 2013 Forum. The University of Illinois Press will be publishing a book containing these White Papers in December of 2014. It will be available for purchase by the end of the year.
Questions and themes for the 2013 UIC Urban Forum white paper topics included:
Innovation and Inclusion. How are technologies adopted by government agencies and firms and how are technologies used in production, distribution of services and products? Who is included, and who is excluded, from access to technologies? Is social exclusion exacerbated with the growth and expansion of technologies?
Connecting technologies to citizenship. What is the state of connection between citizen and governments? How does technology change and affect the nature of governance, service delivery, political participation, and citizenship? How are government services and information taking advantage of appropriate technologies to better meet citizen needs and demands.
Technology and health care. What are the information technologies that are necessary to identify, monitor and better care for super utilizers? What are the policies that directly or indirectly incentivize the use of those technologies? What institutions need to be involved and what sort of coordination is necessary between the various institutions? The paper will explore these questions by reviewing the literature on the flagship initiatives in different US metropolitan areas who are investing in the technologies necessary to better serve the poor uninsured in the United States.
How will emerging technologies in manufacturing influence metropolitan regions' growth and development? The input of emerging technologies on jobs and wages; impact of emerging technologies on the geography of production. Possibly a digression to include questions about the impact of 3-D printing and economies of scale on production, jobs, wages. Nano-technology and implications for training. Advanced applications and restrictions on speed due to policy and affordability? Are small- and medium-sized firms disadvantaged due to costs, lack of knowledge, methods of organizing work?
Workforce development and technology. What is the extent of skill shortage and demand for the short- and long-term? Will unmet training needs drag the capacity of firms to invest or to invest overseas? How do the skills and workforce within a neighborhood/city influence the investment behavior of firms with advanced technology? How effective is the K-14 initiatives at preparing for the workforce of tomorrow?