Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World

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A Way Forward for Sustainable and Resilient Cities During COVID-19 and Beyond

Carnegie Mellon University, Metro 21: Smart Cities Institute

March 26, 2021


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Tackling the Digital Divide in Philadelphia


Suzhou: A City on the Fast Track


Trondheim: The Value of Collaboration



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April 26 - 30

UNECE Resource management week 2021

The UNECE Resource Management Week 2021 will take place at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland and online from 26-30 April 2021. The week will showcase outstanding results in the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) worldwide and global commitment to the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS). Participate in discussions and learn how sustainability principles can contribute to policy formation, national resource management and financial reporting.

april 28

bentley webinar: connecting your digital twin to the unity game engine

See how to connect any iModel you have to Unity to stream graphics and metadata. See how to extend the example with custom iModel.js code to query any information you'd like. At the end of this session, you should be able to make a demo Unity application with your iModel for any platform Unity supports, including AR and VR devices.

May 3

bentley webinar: connecting your digital twin to the unity game engine

How do algorithms in government differ from business? In business, revenue is the only relevant bottom line, but in government algorithms must optimize for several disparate bottom lines like equity, fairness, bureaucracy, politics, and more. In his new book 'Public Policy Analytics: Code & Context for Data Science in Government', Dr. Ken Steif presents both code examples and an analytical framework for developing algorithms to meet these requirements.

June 24

Sustainable Philadelphia: Protecting our Rivers

The Sustainable Philadelphia event features experts in municipal government and will explore the next generation climate changers. It will highlight the important initiatives affecting sustainable change and offer the opportunity to meet those leading the charge.

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how this program will help cities

From electric cars and renewable energy to cloud computing and AI, technology helps city dwellers work smarter, live healthier, and conserve resources. Cities such as Copenhagen, Detroit, and Tel Aviv are already successfully using technology to achieve these goals. But it's not enough.

City officials want more than examples of technological solutions: they need an evidence-based roadmap to making their cities safe, sustainable, and resilient. A roadmap that includes lessons learned from the current pandemic, centered on the social imperatives that matter most, and based on objective quantitative analysis that shows which investments work best.

smart city solutions for a riskier world

Our new study, Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World, examines how more than 170 cities around the world are harnessing technology to drive resilience, sustainability, and citizen-centricity. Our urban economists and experts have assessed the social, environmental, and economic impact of investments in smart technologies—and the solutions and strategies that work best. We have worked with a coalition of corporate, academic, and government leaders to drive this research initiative.

Our goal is to provide city leaders with an evidence-based roadmap to resilience and sustainability and open a valuable ongoing dialogue between cities and the companies that serve them.


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