The Google smart city initiative, Sidewalk Labs was set up to develop 'urban technologies' to make world's cities function better and more efficiently. A small team of experts are assembled to brainstorm ideas and launch experimental projects that have the potential to go publicaly viral. This bottom-up approach is intended to promote rapid change at lower costs in comparison to other existing smart city initiatives.

Value for Dubai

Existing smart services from various government entities already provide a basis for gauging and understanding public reaction. A similar approach to Google's could help target areas within the smart city that needs immediate attention and highlight new opportunities.