Smart Cities

What’s a ‘smart’ city? There’s no one definition. For many city leaders — and especially the private sector —  the term has become a shorthand for technology that makes cities work better or more efficiently.

 

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Upcoming Events Related to Smart Cities

Ann Arbor Mobility Summit

June 14 in Ann Arbor, MI

Meeting of the Minds will convene 110 global thought leaders in downtown Ann Arbor on June 14, 2018 to share best practices, lessons learned and key insights that are accelerating the transition to smart cities.

Cleveland Conversations: Mobility, Data & Equity

May 23 in Cleveland, OH

A networking and thought leadership event designed to provoke a dynamic discussion about the future of the greater Cleveland-Akron-Columbus region and to pinpoint key strategies that will help catalyze the area’s innovation, mobility, and sustainability agendas.

Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit 2018

November 27-29 in Sacramento, CA

North America’s premier summit for urban sustainability, connected technology, and innovation. 400+ VIPs from public, private, non-profit, philanthropic and academic sectors convene.

Recent Blog Posts Related to Smart Cities

Blockchain is Making Distributed the New Default

Today’s blog post is part II of Peter Coffee’s series on blockchain. “The future of many things, based on blockchain and the larger family of connection-intensive and cooperative data models, is here – because it is distributed.”

Dates and Deliverables from Blockchain

It’s easy to say that blockchain is the future, but it’s been observed that people who describe the future are merely futurists. “Those who can tell when a technology will reach the market? We call them Billionaires.” Can we say anything useful, and even slightly rigorous, about when this will matter to a larger group than technology’s chattering classes?

How to Design a Successful Open Data Program

Medellín is special in that established local companies, NGOs, startups, students, and private citizens are all extremely dedicated to making their city a better place. It is part of the reason the city has been able to make so much social progress in such a short period of time. Thus, the Consejo de Datos Medellín (The Data Council Medellín) was born. Made up of representatives from the public sector, the city’s largest companies like Bancolombia and Sura, universities like UPB and EAFIT, startups, civic tech groups, and engaged citizens, the Consejo is a forum for open dialog about the city’s challenges, as well as a launching pad for data-driven projects that wouldn’t be possible without collaboration and input from all its members. 

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