Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World

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March 31 - April 1

Cisco Live!

Explore the latest innovations from Cisco and event sponsors in one amazing digital experience. Participate in demos, chat with Cisco and sponsor experts about the latest products, and discover innovation in this engaging and interactive hub of Cisco Live.

April 6

Mayoral Leadership in Challenging Times

Join Penn IUR for the 16th Annual Urban Leadership Forum. Every year, Penn IUR recognizes leaders who are guiding cities toward a sustainable and vibrant future. This year, Penn IUR will honor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, UK. Awardees will participate in a moderated discussion to share their observations on past experiences and offer suggestions for future efforts in shaping and preserving urban communities that foster inclusivity, equity, and sustainability.

April 13 - 14

Smart Cities Connect

The Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo offers the most comprehensive conference, exposition and accelerator of smart city innovation in North America. We deliver premium networking and educational opportunities with a keen focus on city leaders and their priorities. Working closely with the technology community, we bring together the largest collection of intelligent systems providers for energy, infrastructure, networks, data management, urban mobility, citizen engagement and governance solutions.

April 14

Modern Data Warehouse: Machine LEarning and DAta Science

Oracle will show you how easy it is to get started with a next generation cloud data warehouse. Business users can take advantage of a complete suite of integrated tools for data ingest, insights and machine learning without having to rely on IT or other experts for help. Organizations of all sizes can lower costs while more rapidly gaining maximum value from their data.

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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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