The Obama Administration announced that it will hold an event in conjunction with the second-annual Smart Cities Week, September 27-29 in Washington, D.C.
In a statement, the White House said it would help “bring together leading thinkers and practitioners from government, the research community, cities, civil society, and the tech sector to discuss new steps that will help cities thrive in the 21st century.”
The White House kicked off last year’s inaugural Smart Cities Week by launching the White House Smart Cities Initiative — an initial investment of more than $160 million in research is devoted to putting proven new technologies to work in cities to alleviate their most pressing challenges. The initiative also included a range of new partnerships, with cities and universities already collaborating to launch more than 60 new smart city projects across the country.
The Council’s Smart Cities Week, the largest smart cities event in North America, is expected to bring together 1,800 leaders to address using cutting edge technologies and proven solutions to make cities more livable, workable and sustainable. Key themes this year are connectivity, climate and compassion.