September 9, 2013 | Written by: Kevin Allen
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We may not have flying cars yet, but the digital city of the future is here—and we’re only getting more connected. Emerging technologies are changing the way we live in major metropolitan hubs today—in ways that were once deemed improbable.
September’s #cloudchat, “Digital Cities of the Future” (Thursday, Sept. 12, 4-5 p.m. ET), will focus on how far we’ve come in creating digital cities and where we’re heading.
For example, in many cities today, you’re a text message away from hailing a cab (on a micro level), while big data is helping us better understand and serve large populations on a macro level. Technology is helping our cities conserve energy, reduce waste and crowdfund worthy projects and programs—all while ensuring that individuals can move about with affordable ease and convenience.
City services are becoming more personalized and intelligent as they combine mobile, social and cloud in exciting ways. A new group of civic technologists are pursuing urban informatics—making city health, commerce and transportation services more available and accessible to digital citizens.
Join us this Thursday from 4-5 p.m. ET on Twitter by following the #cloudchat hashtag to explore today’s digital city and discuss the endless possibilities for creating more connected cities.
Our panelists this month include:
Ariel Schwartz: (@arielhs) Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.
Chris Altchek: (@caltchek) Chris is a co-founder of PolicyMic in charge of the product team. His previous experience includes banking at Goldman Sachs, labor organizing for SEIU, political analysis at the White House, and campaigning for Mayor Bloomberg.
Abhi Nemani: (@abhinemani) Abhi is the Co-Executive Director (Interim) at Code for America, a national non-profit dedicated to reinventing government for the 21st century. Abhi has led CfA’s strategic development and growth, including the development of multiple new programs including the launch of a first-of-its-kind civic startup accelerator and the CfA Peer Network, designed to connect cities to help them work together. Under Abhi’s direction, CfA’s national outreach and awareness campaigns have been recognized in the New York Times, Mashable, and CNN, and he has been featured as a speaker at SxSW, the World Bank, and various universities and conferences around the world. Prior to CfA, Abhi managed the multiple research teams at the Rose Institute to increase transparency in local government using technology, and with Google, he pioneered an innovative strategy to leverage social media for consumer engagement. He graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a honors degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).
Mark Cleverley: (@markcleverley) helps governments with technology-enabled transformation. He advises IBM’s public sector customers and IBM teams on potentials, challenges and best practices in the evolving use of new technologies. He has consulted widely on government projects, and has written and spoken publicly extensively in the USA and abroad. Currently Mark is Director of Strategy for IBM’s Global Government Industry, working with governments in many nations and many areas of information systems. He focuses on new technology areas and their impact for government, most recently social media, cloud, and IBM’s smart city programs.
What: A Twitter chat is an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time following a specific hashtag, in this case #cloudchat. You will need a Twitter ID to take part.
When: Thursday, September 12, at 4 p.m. ET, repeating the second Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #cloudchat. Alternatively, log on and access the chat on Twubs. A recap will be posted on this blog the following Friday.
Why: To facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing, and problem solving. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with topic ideas.
Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join!