Nominate a 2018 Smart Region leader
The Second Annual Smart Regions Conference will take place in Columbus, OH this year, and will be host to the Second Annual Smart Regions Awards.
From now until the end of September, you may nominate leaders in several categories for their vision and efforts related to building smart communities across cities and regions in the United States.
- Connected Community Builder
- Breakthrough Technologist
- Fast Forward Policy Maker
- Smart Mobility Catalyzer
- Leadership in Resilience
Smart Regions leadership recognizes government, industry, and community members that have dedicated their time and resources to using technology as a tool to improve outcomes for people. As we work together to build smart cities, connected communities, and equitable, thriving regions, we believe it's important to shine a light on those who are helping to move the conversation forward.
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Collaboration drives smart city success stories. The Smart Regions Initiative and events such as the Smart Regions Conference are non-for-profit efforts entirely supported by sponsors and partners. THANK YOU.
What are local governments and federal agencies doing to aid and empower first responders and law enforcement across the country in building smart and resilient communities?
Venture Smarter’s Smart Regions Initiative is proud to partner with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) - an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce - in an effort to connect all people, places and things regardless of socioeconomic or geographical barriers.
The Smart Regions Initiative is delighted to announce our new partnership with the Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired.
Of the 89 projects across 69 regional teams entered in the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge, 30 projects across 22 regions - from Portland, OR to Portland, ME - have qualified for the finals set to take place late October at the Smart Regions Conference
The second annual Smart Regions Conference invites guests to think BEYOND city limits, beyond bureaucratic silos, beyond party lines, and beyond all of the barriers that hinder the development of smart communities in cities and regions of all sizes.
There are not yet hundreds and thousands of use cases to prove best-practices in smart cities. As we continue integrating new tech and policies into our government systems and infrastructure, we MUST prioritize an integrated and applied research agenda in order to make smart cities scientific.
For governments and technologists, partnerships with academic and research institutions are particularly important as there are not yet hundreds or thousands of use cases that define and prove the concepts behind smart cities or regions.
The event is unique in that each stakeholder -- from researchers and decision makers to project managers and citizens -- is invited to attend and play an active role in the regional collaboration and multi-jurisdictional cooperation that is required to navigate the ever-changing social, financial, environmental, and technological challenges we face today.