Gigabit City Summit guests discuss open government and big data

Upcoming global discussion on open government, big data, and innovation

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The Gigabit City Summit is set to host a diverse, dynamic range of speakers on the topics of open government, big data, and innovation on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am CDT.

Co-chairs for this session are Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco, and Nigel Jacob, from Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

Guests will discuss the opportunities and challenges of adopting open innovation principles to solve public sector problems. We invite public officials with an interest in information and technology, and anyone interested in the smart city movement to join us live via WebEx.

Leaders in the open data and civic innovation space from around the world will weigh in on issues including:

  • How to build an ecosystem of civic innovation.
  • What are the necessary conditions to grow this ecosystem?
  • Innovation as a function of risk management.
  • The layering of spatial data.
  • How to define sense of space in the cloud.

In addition to Nath and Jacob, special guests for this session include:

  • Esteve Almirall, Leader of the European Open Cities Project, Barcelona
  • Frank Lenk, Director of Research, Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City
  • Neil McEvoy, Founder, Cloud Best Practices Network, Toronto
  • John McGurk, Chief of Staff, Mayor Sly James’ Office, Kansas City, MO
  • Manel Sanromá, CIO/CTO, Barcelona City Council
  • Andres Sevtsuk, Leader of the City Form Lab, Singapore University of Technology & Design

This select group joins our chairman David Sandel and these core team members who regularly participate in the Summit:

  • Ger Baron, Amsterdam Innovation Motor
  • Ray Daniels, Co-Chair, Mayors’ Bistate Innovations Team
  • Gordon Falconer, Director of Urban Innovation, Smart + Connected Communities Institute, Singapore
  • Bill Hutchison, Chairman of the i-CANADA Alliance and special consultant to the Skolkovo development in Moscow

The Gibabit City Summit (GCS) is a global dialog on smart and connected cities. We collaboratively explore leadership, economic development, innovation, sustainability and implementation strategies—all critical to the success of our communities as we enter into the new economy. Our monthly topical sessions are produced via Cisco TelePresence by Sandel & Associates, The Brainzooming Group, and Curiolab, and hosted by the Smart + Connected Communities Institute. To subscribe to the Gigabit City Summit mailing list and get updates on this and future sessions go to:

Disclaimer: This session of the Gigabit City Summit is sponored by Red Hat, a leader in the use of open source software and principles in the public and private sectors.

About the author

Aaron Deacon - Aaron Deacon has been at the center of Kansas City's response to the Google Fiber project. As an advisor to the Mayors' Bi-State Innovations Team he helped write Playing to Win in America's Digital Crossroads, the cities' "playbook" covering education, health care, entrepreneurship and innovation, arts and culture and city life and governance. He organized Building the Gigabit City, a community-wide brainstorming event that kicked off the local conversation about the potential advantages of a...