When it comes to digital access, there are two parts of the equation:
Earlier in 2017, Accenture opened a cutting-edge tech hub called The Dock in Dublin, Ireland, the single most connected building on the planet. With over 10,000 sensors (more per square foot than any space on the globe), the building is intelligently connected to all other things and people within its walls.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a public cloud computing platform that launched in 2006 and started with just two services. In a little over a decade, it has grown to 100+ services with a million active customers worldwide including over 2300 government customers, served from 16 different AWS regions around the globe.
Smart city projects in New York are first and foremost about the people—improving quality of life for the millions of residents, workers and visitors who come here to live, work and play. Sure, the technology is great, and it is key to our mission, but it is not the end goal in itself.
When we think of smart cities, we think about things like technology, IoT, pilots, and scaling. All of those things are important, of course, but in San Diego, we have come to realize that the ability to achieve transformative change depends on how you set up your organization and nurture the people inside it.
Data is the new oil, and cities that know how to extract it will be the smartest cities in the world. Of course, it’s not just about the data—it’s about how you can take incoming data and transform it into actionable insights that will improve the quality of life within your city.
Increased connectivity is taking over all aspects of our cities, including mobility, buildings, and even the citizens themselves. While it is hard to say exactly what the future will hold, we must begin planning today for the possibilities and challenges that lay ahead of us.
In Orlando, we see smart cities initiatives as a valuable way to promote and enhance the Orlando brand. Although Orlando is a city of just over 275,000 people, we are part of a larger metropolitan area of about 3 million. We also have the 4.5 million Tampa/St.
At Ford, we have seen a lot of industry and societal changes that will impact our company. Traditionally we have used a one-to-one model: we produce a vehicle, sell it to a customer, and it is used for that purpose.
You don’t have to be the CIO of a city to know that the transportation industry is changing – and changing rapidly.
In Las Vegas, the downtown area has been designated as our Innovation District, an incubator for smart city technologies aimed at promoting and adopting new transportation infrastructure and mobility technologies.
Two main goals of the Paris climate agreement are to meet the 1.5 degree Celsius target and to create a 21st-century clean energy economy.
Miami has been growing exponentially over the past years, and with sea levels rising, we know we have to act now to protect our growing population. What are we going to do in 5, 10, or 15 years when those water-front homes aren’t homes anymore? How will we protect residents in areas that are susceptible to flooding and high tides?
Two years ago, fifteen women CEOs came together with a common goal for their businesses: to learn the tools and disciplines that would allow them to accelerate their growth and ultimately achieve annual revenues of $20M.
The growing power of women’s businesses and its profound impact on the economy has not received the attention it deserves. Women are starting businesses at a rate 1.5 times the national average.
Mentorship plays a crucial role in the growth of any entrepreneur, but it is especially important for women entrepreneurs. Mentors have the power to change your viewpoint and expand your horizons, showing you a world you never knew existed. During the Symposium, the importance of mentors was discussed at length during a lunch panel on mentorship.
The 2016 DWEN Research Symposium Panel on Challenges, Needs, and Key Drivers focused on funding challenges for women-owned businesses, including the scope of the problem, the role of bias, and what we can do about it.
Engaging and leveraging the tremendous advances that IoT brings to enterprise solutions can be challenging. The 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise at Harvard brought together leaders from across industries to discuss the opportunities and challenges in engaging in the Intelligent Enterprise.
Since 1997, there has been a huge increase in internet users in Latin America. However, challenges remain. How can we connect the other 50 percent of the population that is still not connected? How do we improve the entire digital landscape so Latin America can reap the benefits of digital connection?
The Strategic Innovation Summit and Symposia series was convened to enable multi-disciplinary discussions of senior leaders on relevant topics of the year. Unlike conventional, discipline-specific conferences, where topical content is narrow and participants are generally from the same discipline, the Summits bring together people from many sectors.
By Alison Jones, Senior Director of NAR Logistics, Whirlpool Corporation
By Yuri Quintana, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Director of Global Health Informatics
Global Health Challenges
Presented by Tim Kottak, CTO, Global Services, GE Healthcare
By David Ricketts, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard
By Anders Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer, Zebra Technologies
If you want to see what the Internet of Things (IoT) can do, look at an NFL player today.
By Paolo Santi, Research Scientist, MIT
By Yogesh Dhingra, CFO & COO, Blue Dart Express Ltd.
Presented by Rich Rao, Global Head of Devices and Education, Google
The internet of things (IoT) has the ability to transform businesses and entire industries. We are currently seeing creative applications across government, healthcare, retail and other areas.
By Tom Bianculli, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Zebra Technologies
Presented by Kevin Ashton, Author and Co-Founder of Auto ID Center at MIT
Housing, construction, and design were main topics at the ACE2016 Summit, but it’s important to remember that the official name of the event is “Affordable Communities Everywhere.” That represents a goal of not simply building more housing units to meet the needs of individuals, but ra
Those who view concrete as good point out that it has a wide range of uses and it has been an incredible tool for the construction industry over the years. It is a traditional material that people know how to work with, it is rather inexpensive, and it can be used in all sorts of ways.
Albania, like most post-socialist countries, has experienced rapid privatization of previously state-owned housing and growing affordable housing shortages in its cities over the last two decades.
In our Digital Life in the City Panel, we pondered about what digital life is and what may be limiting our growth in digitization. We contemplated that the barriers to creating a better digital life in Latin America may be more about culture and willingness than technology and access.
What Is Digital Life?
Today we are more connected than ever before. We use technology to enhance, share and control the world immediately around us—turning on lights, networking on demand, locating the nearest bike rack or parking space, all from pocket-sized devices. Our connectivity is not only expressed person to person and at the individual level.
Disabilities have a lot in common with the many of the technology markets I have analyzed for the last 30 years: each was developed and considered in isolation, solutions were specific to each area, and the cost was excessive. Nothing united the disability segments just like nothing united the different streams of technology. Until now.
Digitization can be defined as the capacity to use digital technologies to generate, process, share and transact information. For digitization to have a significant impact, it must be widely adopted in the society, embedded in the process of delivering goods and services, and also relied upon to deliver public services.
During the past two decades, the IT & Communications industry revolutionized our world by greatly enhancing what our minds can do.
In 2006, I looked down from the summit of the world. It was a sunny day and, standing 30,000 feet up, I could see the curvature of the Earth. Years earlier, my girlfriend had a goal – to climb the seven summits. It took us years of preparation, but we had made it to the ultimate summit – Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
An important part of selling your business is deciding what you are going to do in the next chapter of your life. A growing number of us reach a certain point in our lives when we look up from our desk and wonder if there is more to life than this?
In 2012, on a scorching hot day in Chicago, I walked in to negotiate the final terms in the sale of my company, Appletree Answers. The tension level was through the roof. We argued back and forth about the finer points of the deal and I even walked out two times.
In 34 years of building companies in the Midwest, I have learned the business is a game.
The city of the future looks very different from the one that has been the cornerstone of society for the past centuries. The 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit revealed several trends that pose a fundamental change in how citizens use and interact with their city. No longer are cities functioning as a source of infrastructure and services and as a common
Cooper Martin presented preliminary results from the National Leauge of Cities report "Technology and Mobility," which is the first results from their research project "What is the City of the Future." For the pas 100 years, cities have been designed around teh concept of a human driven automobile. This paradigm may be changing in the next 10-20 years with the advent of driverless cars and
A point that is often missed when assessing technology and its impact on society is the business model for implementation/utilization of the technology. Glenn Wintrich and Brian Donnellan are co-investigators on a National Science Foundation grant researching smart cities.
Prof. Brian Donnelan participated in a panel on infrastructure development for cities.
One of the tenets of innovation and creativity is the ability to experiment with new ideas and fail. Experimentation and failure, however, are two words not found in any politician’s campaign promises. Enabling experimentation and managing risk were common themes throughout the Summit. Pilot programs and small initiatives are common in city government.
Richard Cullatta shared an image similar to this one of an unfished building. With it, he highlighted that any citizen would see an unfinished building and immediately feel the need to finish it. But what about those programs in our cities we cannot see that are unfinished?
A panel of entrepreneurs from around the US were assembled and asked about what mattered most to them and their business in the context of the city governance and infrastructure. The answers surprised the participants – what they cared most about was livability. They wanted a city to be a place tha