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City Innovate had a busy month with the kick-off of the first Scale X project with 4 cities and getting ready for more. Please enjoy our latest newsletter to read about accomplishments, new announcements, and upcoming events.

WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO

LOS ANGELES, OAKLAND, VICTORIA B.C. AND CHATTANOOGA ADAPTING THE URBAN MOBILITY PLAYBOOK FOR THEIR OWN NEEDS

April 3-4, 2017, San Francisco + Oakland, CA

ScaleXTransportation executives from these four cities met for “Scale X” with their counterparts from Miami-Dade County for two days in the first session of City Innovate’s project. Following City Innovate’s Collider methodology the two days were spent on intense exchanges and to learn from the Miami-Dade transportation improvement initiative. Each city defined their own objectives in urban mobility and selected which use cases it will use to localize and create a playbook for their own city. The meeting included a visit to Oakland, where the transportation policy director shared insights into Oakland’s mobility plans (picture). The group will meet for the next session on 31st of May, the eve of the BRIDGE 2017 summit.

“KEEPING AMERICA’S INNOVATIVE EDGE” REPORT BY THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL PUBLISHED

April 4, Washington DC

Last October, a delegation from the Atlantic Council visited City Innovate at Superpublic, San Francisco as part of their research to understand the future of tech innovation and entrepreneurship. Their exhaustive efforts culminated in a report, released on April 4th, entitled “Keeping America’s Innovative Edge.” The report offers a strategic framework for how the United States can retain its edge as the world’s leading innovator. Broadly, through increased research and development, retooling our workforce for a 21st century economy, and protecting ideas and intellectual property, the Atlantic Council believes that American technological innovation can continue to drive economic prosperity and global preeminence for the foreseeable future. More specifically, they encourage state and local governments to take proactive steps to foster rich tech hubs through attracting top talent and providing better access to capital.
We congratulate the Atlantic Council on this phenomenal and important contribution to American innovation, and look forward to continuing to build meaningful partnerships between our organizations in the future!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BRIDGE 2017 SUMMIT MOUNTAIN VIEW AND SAN FRANCISCO

May 31 and 1st June, 2017

We are excited to open up the limited tickets sale for the annual Bridge 2017 summit in Mountain View and our headquarters in San Francisco. Most of the tickets have been pre-sold to cities, members of City Innovate and partners for this years summit. We have only 50 tickets left for a very focused summit this year on autonomous vehicles, making payments work for cities, connecting our cities in an equitable manner and much more. Please take a look at the full program here and get those tickets before we run out of tickets as there is limited capacity at our headquarters in San Francisco.
There are no more speaking slots but for sponsorship opportunities please get in touch with us at community@cityinnovate.org.
The three themes this year include: Mobility and Transportation with emphasis on autonomous vehicles, Sustainability and Resiliency with emphasis on how design and technology accelerate resilient cities, and Connected Cities with a focus on Vehicle to Everything connectivity.

SMART CITIES CONFERENCE “SMART TEXAS REVOLUTION”

April 20-21, 2017, Dallas, TX

TexasCity Innovate will moderate the best practices & lessons learned panel at the first smart cities conference in Dallas, TX, on April 20-21.

The Smart Texas Revolution conference is designed “by cities, for cities” and aims to lay the foundation for a smart cities strategy for Texan cities. The goals of the conference include to provide education on smart cities and how cities across Texas can prepare for the future, to create a program that speaks to questions and issues currently under discussion, and to provide a forum for collaboration at the regional and state level. The conference is organized by the Dallas Innovation Alliance. To register please click here.

 

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

SMART CITIES & MONEY CONFERENCE IN COLORADO

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

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: NEXT COLLIDER PROJECT ON INTEGRATED MOBILITY PAYMENTS

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

AV

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 kamran@cityinnovate.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

BRIDGE 2017

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 community@cityinnovate.org.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIRST CANANDIAN CITY JOINS THE NETWORK OF CITIES

March 2017, San Francisco, CA, USA and Victoria, BC, Canada

Victoria

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.