Students are seven times more likely to enroll in and complete higher education or soft skills training programs after high school if they have any amount of savings set aside for the cause. We want to improve access to higher ed and career success while inviting learners to be a part of a forward thinking, supportive community. After all, Smart Cities start with smart citizens and digital literacy.
Venture Smarter has partnered up with LEAF College Savings and Fiero! (mentor mapping and matching) to launch the 7x Effect, in which smart and innovative businesses contribute 1% of revenues from Smart City implementations into the program that will create and fund savings accounts and mentorship programs for students in low or no income situations.
The 30,000 foot view:
Accounts are set up for young learners
Learners are invited to take advantage of community and educational engagements, rewarded with community contributions into their savings accounts
Family, friends, and donors may contribute into accounts at any time
Accounts are federally insured, interest accumulating, and redeemable for expenses related to higher education and job training
Learners are paired with mentors based on interests and goals to pursue pathways to career successes
More details coming soon. Contact us with questions or to get involved.
The Congressional Smart Cities Caucus provides a place where Members of Congress can convene with stakeholders from all different backgrounds, including but not limited to: industry stakeholders, state and local governments, and local community leaders. Join me exploring ways we can bridge the technological divide between urban and rural American communities by expanding smart infrastructure nationwide.
Here is a list of 'Smart Cities' events that we will be watching, hosting, and/or participating in this February...
RSCI has announced speakers and forum leaders for the Smart Regions Congress event in Washington DC on February 15th. The interdisciplinary group of leaders will explore and discuss the challenges and successes that arise when building smart regions that put people first.
Smart cities and regions use technology as a tool to create better places to live, work, and visit. But efforts towards smart planning and development don't happen on their own, and they cannot take place in silos. Smart solutions require regional collaborations and interoperable solutions that improve people's lives, increase public service delivery, and alleviate strained municipal budgets.
USDA is awarding 72 grants totaling $23.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. This program invests in equipment that uses broadband to help rural communities connect to educational and health care services. These vital services are part of the foundation of a high quality of life and enable communities to overcome the effects of remoteness and low population density by connecting them to the rest of the world through high-speed internet.
Public Safety is an important facet of smart planning. Today, we have the capability to create and adapt technology in a way that can not only provide us with tools for a safer response to emergency situations but also provide us with tools for smarter preparation.
It is exciting to hear Secretary Elaine Chao open the Detroit Auto Show by discussing how America can lead in technology and innovation by safely deploying Connected and Autonomous vehicles...
The Federal Government is beginning the process to develop policies on the evolution of autonomous transportation beyond self-driving cars to autonomous trucks, buses and additional ground-based vehicles.
This month the Venture Smarter community passed the 20,000 users benchmark, and the beta portal captured great insights on the state of smart cities happenings. But more importantly, it's 2018 and we are continuing our mission to democratize smart city planning, providing even small and medium sized communities the tools for smart city success stories that reach beyond big city limits.