The article on hand uses the city of Songdo, South Korea, to examine how self-proclaimed smart cities select their citizens, and to what effect. It shows how the smart city uses technological systems to refigure citizens into subject declared valuable, fit for competing in the global knowledge economy, and thus highlights the exclusionist aspects of the notion of a smart city. The form of governmentality to be found in this city, the article argues, is highly socially selective and holds the potential to profoundly upend societal constellations, pushing those who are already marginalised by the knowledge economy even further to the rims of society. The smart city, at least as it is envisioned in the case of Songdo, is in this sense an expression of highly efficient clientele politics. Carried by a public- private cooperation, it seeks to establish a new estimation of the relative moral values of various professions in urban environments.