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Connected Cities Northwest
September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$10
In the early days of “Connected Cities”, many technology companies employed the term to see how many sensors they could sell to municipalities. The early days drove healthy profit margins and introduced new public sector customers all over the world.
Today’s definition of “Connected Cities” is less about how many sensors your municipality has bought and more about how are you using technology to improve the social welfare of your community. Further, the term “Connected Cities” is an industry term that pushes for further data oppenness and a commitment to explore new ideas and to share them throughout the world. Today’s “Connected Cities” experts understand what technologies have been successful in Southeast Asia, Northern Europe, and everywhere in between. In many ways, every city in today’s society is a laboratory for innovation.
While many are in favor of opening up data streams to make better decisions within a municipality, there are many challenges that stand in the way, including data privacy protections. Unfortunately, many connected city initiatives are longer-term initiatives. As such, they are often derailed by elections, administration changes, and cost overruns.
In short, while there are tremendous possibilities to use “Connected Cities” practices to improve our quality of life, there are many considerations left to explore. Come join our panel of thought-leaders as they explore how we can use information to improve the welfare of all citizens.