Concrete, Crowds and Missing Heroes

By Sean Ostruszka

If you’re reading this, it’s safe to make three assumptions about you.

  1. There’s a good chance you’re doing so in close proximity to a significant amount of concrete
  2. There’s an even better chance your urban world is going to become even more crowded in the not-so-distant future
  3. The odd headline, especially the “missing heroes” part, caught your attention, sucked you in and now you want to know who these heroes are and why they’re missing

The first two points are based on a UN study showing more than half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas (hence the concrete), and how 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 (aka. Crowds).

The third point, well, we had to get you to click. Sorry. But, we weren’t lying. There are missing heroes – roughly 4.2 million of them – AND you could be one of them, or possibly know one. Let us explain.

In 2014, there were 28 megacities (cities with more than 10 million people) worldwide. By 2030, that number is projected to grow to 41. Yet, in order for this to happen, city planning will need to evolve in order to accommodate this growth.

We’re not talking bigger buildings but better systems. One’s where the “heroes” aren’t architects of concrete and steel but of coding, development, and other tech skills.

Unfortunately, this is where our heroes are MIA. While there are more than 300,000 developers working on this, it’s a far cry from the approximately 4.5 million developers that will be needed by 2020 to create and maintain the technology capable of solving the challenges set forth by urban growth and development.

So, do you want to be a hero? Opportunity is knocking, and best of all, no uncomfortable leotard is required. We assume you’ll think that’s a bonus.