Final Report: A Global TelePresence Conversation on Smart Cities
On December 11th, 2013, Meeting of the Minds, in collaboration with the City of Amsterdam and Cisco Systems, organized a ninety-minute TelePresence conversation with urban sustainability leaders from Amsterdam, San Jose, Boston and Detroit to share best practices, challenges and opportunities related to smart cities. A live audience of 100+ participants joined the event in Amsterdam (as part of the coinciding Minds of Amsterdam conference) as well as 270+ webcast viewers.
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