City Innovate is off to a quick start in 2017, having wrapped up our first Urban Mobility Collider, kicking off several additional projects, and growing our Network of Cities with more metros and industry partners. Please enjoy our latest newsletter to read about accomplishments, new announcements, and upcoming events.
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO
February 22-23, 2017, Denver, CO
City Innovate participated in the conference on “Transforming the Future City from Concept to Reality” in Denver. Gert Christen joined a panel to explore the roles of foundations and philanthropic organizations in smart city pilot projects and he led a panel focused on success factors for partnerships between cities and private enterprises.
The takeaway from the conference was very clear: Smart cities projects are not about technical gadgets but about how cities can use technologies to creating meaningful services for their residents. User-centered approaches, early involvement of communities, and clear articulation of user stories are the right start to design smart cities services. Cities can more effectively quantify and defend the benefits of their initiatives, while companies can better estimate the return on their investment. This results in more precise impact metrics for those who finance pilot projects. City Innovate’s Collider methodology embodies this approach in all of our projects.
More details about the conference can be found here: www.infocastinc.com/event/smart-cities-money
April – June 2017, San Francisco, CA
With the conclusion of the first Urban Mobility Collider, which focused on open backend integration, we’re gearing up to tackle the next logical step: Integrated Payments. City Innovate will be working together with Miami-Dade County, Microsoft, Cubic, Mastercard, and Passport to build the playbook for how cities can offer a choice of payment to cover several modes of transportation, e.g. paying for your bikeshare reservation with your transit card. Smartphone payments, electronic contracting, payments clearing, revenue sharing, and providing customer service are some of the topics to cover. The results will be integrated into the impending upgrade of Miami Transit’s EASY Card system, which will enable mobile and open payments. This is yet another exciting step toward building an integrated urban mobility landscape that can be scaled across many cities through Scale X.
NEXT COLLIDER PROJECT: AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE AS CITY SERVICES
From April 2017, San Francisco, CA
While autonomous cars will soon be ready for personal transportation, the use of these vehicles to create innovative mobility services in cities remains largely unexplored. While the potential is enormous, the implementation has to be done right and the obstacles are manifold. City Innovate has convened a group of cities who each offer one or two piloting opportunities for AV services in their own city. This Collider will result in a playbook covering all the piloting projects in all the participating cities – a comprehensive city handbook on AV services creation. Companies and cities interested in participating in projects and cities of their choice should write to Kamran Saddique at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 31st and 1st June, 2017
City Innovate is pleased to announce the 2017 date for the annual summit of BRIDGE. For tickets, speaking and sponsorship opportunities please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
The three themes this year include: Mobility and Transportation with emphasis on autonomous vehicles and drones, Sustainability and Resiliency with emphasis on energy and water and finally Digital Divide with an emphasis on affordable access.
FIRST CANANDIAN CITY JOINS THE NETWORK OF CITIES
March 2017, San Francisco, CA, USA and Victoria, BC, Canada
We welcome Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia, to our network of cities! Victoria will participate in Scale X to learn from the Miami-Dade Playbook, focusing on open backend integration, to create their own strategy for urban mobility.
DATA SCIENTISTS ANALYZE DATA FOR CITIES
March 2017, San Francisco, CA
Data analysis can be used to verify which initiatives yield the biggest potential to solve urban problems. City Innovate recently partnered with DataKind to help us use data to methodically find, compare, document, and analyze how cities can alleviate the challenges they face. This team from DataKind’s San Francisco chapter will use data from Miami-Dade and our partners to provide further insights into regions that are currently underserved by public transit. DataKind is an organization where data scientists volunteer their unique skills to support non-profit organizations.