For the ninth episode of our second season of the Skift Podcast, we’re focusing on the urban environment and talking to our friends at MasterCard about how cities and technology companies are working together to make smarter, more seamless environments.

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This episode comes to you in partnership with MasterCard.

Today we’re discussing how to create the smarter city for tourists and locals alike. From digital payments to data-driven transportation solutions, to seamless travel, cities offer the ultimate platform for improving the quality of life for tens of millions of people. But connecting the available technology with a city’s infrastructure and its visitors and residents is easier said than done.

Joining us for the podcast is Hany Fam, a 20-year veteran of MasterCard and its President of Enterprise Partnerships, where he is focused on bringing the company’s network, analytics, products and solutions to areas outside of its traditional payment sphere. Along with Fam, we hear from Seth Schultz, Director of Research, Measurement & Planning at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. C40 is a 10-year-old network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.

For this episode, Skift co-founder Jason Clampet sits in for host Hannah Sampson alongside Senior Editor Greg Oates.

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