Joel Myers
CEO, HoozAround Corp./Vice Chair for the IEEE Working Group on Smart Cities on the IoT

Speaker Profile

Leading technologist specializing in the creation and development of innovation technology solutions in the communications and management of services in Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and since 2015 in Business Networking.


Over the past 30 years, he has worked with museums and archaeological worldwide, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pompei in Italy, the Courtauld Institute in London, and The Frick Museum and Metropolitan Museum in New York. His projects in cultural heritage and tourism have covered solutions in digital photo-archiving, reconstructions of sites using 3D virtual reality, augmented reality, and audio-visual mobile applications. In 2008, Joel Myers led a team of developers in partnership with Google Inc. (Mountainview, California) and the Universities of Virginia and UCLA in the creation of Google Earth’s first historical city layer, ancient Rome, launched with Michael Jones (CTO, Google Inc. in 2008) under the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and hosted by On. Gianni Alemanno, the Mayor of the Municipality of Rome in 2008.


His company, HoozAround Corp. is currently commercialising a mobile application called HoozAround. This App offers very close-proximity networking for users to carry out business and social networking based on profile matching needs or interests in real-time, indoors and outdoors. Its aim is to bring people together that would otherwise never meet, face-to-face, in order to create new and more efficient opportunities to grow personally, socially as a city-wide community and in developing business. The app was successfully piloted at the IFA Berlin consumer electronics trade fair in 2017 and at the IEEE World Forum on IoT in February 2018 (Singapore).


Over the past few years Joel Myers has been focusing on the redefinition of the "Internet of People", together with Nahum Gershon (Senior Scientist, Mitre Corp., Washington D.C., USA), exploring the goals of the smart city industry movement juxtaposed with the need for humanity to remain connected as physical people on the following 3 themes:


1.      real face-to-face connectivity: people are a city’s most important resource and by bringing them together in a more efficient and cohesive way, a city will grow exponentially, both socially and economically; physical connectivity also fights the growing issues of social isolation that are becoming more and more present in today’s cities, by helping people to meet face-to-face we move away from virtual communities when smaller distances permit it, and create real relationships within cities that offer sharing and giving back social themes, resulting in a happier population;


2.      the ethics of increased automation; and


3.      the impact of automation on employment and the economy.


Under HoozAround Corp., Joel Myers has also started working together on a new concept in Social Credits for Smart Cities that provides awards without the possibility of negative ratings, called “Hoozies”. Awards given when people meet face-to-face and carry out positive social actions. The aim is to develop a happier city through technology that promotes human interaction, relationship-building, sharing and giving back to the community, on a local, national, and international level. This project is being developed together with Derrick de Kerckhove, author of The Skin of Culture and Connected Intelligence and Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto, Canada.


The work carried out by Joel Myers has been published in international newspapers and journals such as the BBC, New York Times, Hong Times, the Hindu Times, Wired, and Forbes Magazine.

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