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Nigel Jacob - Smart Cities Innovation Accelerator at Harvard (2017)

Nigel Jacob


Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics


Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator andR&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel’s work is about making urban life better via innovative, people-orientedapplications of technology and design. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked in a series oftechnology start-ups in the Boston area. He was also previously the Urban Technologist in Residence at LivingCities, a philanthropic collaboration of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, is currentlya board member at organizations such as Code For America and coUrbanize, and is an Executive-in-Residence atBoston University. Nigel’s work has been written about extensively in magazines such as Wired, MIT TechnologyReview, Fast Company and books including The Responsive City, by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford andSmart Cities by Anthony Townsend. This ground breaking work has earned Nigel a number of awards includingbeing named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine, a Whitehouse Champion of Change andthe Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012.