The Smart Infrastructure Challenge: Designed for Small and Medium Sized Communities
The trend in 'smart cities' and the relative challenges associated with the rapid development of efforts has been to prioritize and favor major metropolitan areas. While the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge is open to major cities and regions, the program was specifically designed to enable small and medium sized cities, counties, states, and regions to realize the same smart city opportunities, and success stories.
From Branson, MO and Hamilton, OH to Phoenix, AR and Atlanta, GA, teams are gearing up for the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge that calls for regional teams to incorporate a layer of smart and connected technologies into their infrastructure planning. Teams have until April 25th to submit a letter of intent, and will compete for funding, resources, and access to project financing following presentations and submissions on October 25th, 2018.
Learn more about the challenge here: smartregions.org/challenge.
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Venture Smarter’s Smart Regions Initiative is proud to partner with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) - an initiative 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.