North America’s Premier Smart City Conference Expands to the West Coast
(Washington, D.C.) – January 25, 2017 – Smart Cities Council today announced that it will host a West Coast version of its popular Smart Cities Week conference in Santa Clara on May 8-10, 2017. The new annual conference, which will focus on next-generation technologies, builds on the success of Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C. which brings over 1,400 federal, state and city leaders together with the sector’s leading smart city practitioners every fall.
Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C. focuses on proven technologies and best practices from around the world. Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley is tailored to help cities prepare for what’s coming next. The event will bring together city leaders and technology innovators to explore incoming trends and disruptive technologies.
“Disruption is a word that city leaders will be unable to avoid, as we remake virtually every aspect of urban life — our transportation, our policing, our power, the way we listen and talk to citizens, the way we deliver city services, everything,” said Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst. “Since you can’t dodge this disruption, your best strategy is to prepare now so you can be a victor instead of a victim.”
Unlike traditional conferences, Smart Cities Week will provide an intimate and interactive platform for city leaders to come together with the world’s leading tech pioneers to develop a roadmap to a better urban future.
It kicks off on Monday, May 8 with in-depth pre-conference workshops on crucial topics such as resilience and readiness. It then continues for the next two days exploring topics such as:
• Next-generation transportation for cities (including how to prepare for autonomous cars)
• Applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to city problems
• Digital payments and citizen services
• Compassionate cities (how technology can help reach underserved populations)
Event registration opens February 1. To learn more, visit smartcitiesweek.com.
About the Smart Cities Council: Launched in 2012, the Smart Cities Council is the author of the internationally recognized Smart Cities Readiness Guide, which provides guiding principles and best practices for an integrated, cross-cutting smart city. The Readiness Guide is the framework used to produce Readiness Workshops, which are delivered all over the world to help cities create their smart city roadmaps. With regional councils in North America, Europe, India and Australia/New Zealand, the Council is comprised of more than 120 partners and advisors who generate $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and who have worked on more than 10,000 smart city projects past and present. To learn more, visit smartcitiescouncil.com.
Director of City Engagement
Smart Cities Council