Data for Civic Good

Insider insights on using data to improve smart city decision-making promises to be a crowd favorite at Smart Cities Week 2018, which returns to Washington, D.C. Oct. 2-4. An entire track dedicated to Data for Civic Good will offer guidance and best practices for cities still struggling with how to make effective use of the volumes of data they collect.

Many believe that a smart city’s most precious resource is the data it produces ‒ along with the analytics to make sense of it all. In one data-focused session, Smart Cities Week attendees will hear from data officers from a range of cities who are effectively collecting, analyzing, securing and basing decisions on public data.

In another session, this one classroom-style, cybersecurity and public safety practitioners from local governments will zero in on data-related security topics. They will share their own experiences securing their cities’ physical and digital assets using smart technologies and digital infrastructure and discuss specific approaches regarding smart lighting, the blockchain and resilience as the foundation of city operations.

The other tracks at this year’s conference offer opportunities to hear expert insights on four additional trending topics in the smart cities space ‒ Re-imagining Transportation, Smart Infrastructure, Enlightened Financing and The Smart Workforce. There’s also buzz around an exciting new addition to this year’s conference ‒ the City Readiness Hub, a special area set aside specifically for city-to-city mentoring.