Let's Talk Smart Cities - Daily Roundup - 5/15
Venture Smarter is working to bring smart technology solutions to cities everywhere. Here is today's roundup of Smart City related news.
Transport innovation awarded at Smart Cities Hackathon
Schneider Electric, an electric management company, hosted a Smart Cities hackathon in Sydney, Australia where 12 teams of Industry experts, local businesses, and academics competed for cash prizes. The winning team harnessed artificial intelligence to help rail users identify real-time carriage occupancy.
Tech has advanced greatly for the ‘good guys’, unfortunately also for cybercriminals: Nick FitzGerald, ESET
Smart technology seems to be accelerating in growth on many fronts which is both beneficial and harmful to people. Nick FitzGerald, a Senior Research Fellow at ESET, discusses the challenges that are coming and the security measures needed for different devices going forward.
Smart city leaders must act to deliver better digital lives
City administrations are conventionally responsible for creating, managing and delivering city services. With the onset of “smart cities” and “big data”, city leaders are rethinking how they can reconcile the long term interests of citizens and local communities throughout the digitalization era.
White Unicorn Ventures Closes $20 Mn Fund; Looks To Invest In European Startups
White Unicorn Ventures is an investment firm based out of Mumbai, India’s largest city, that recently closed a $20 Mn fund. The investments are being directed towards fintech (financial technology), cybersecurity, and blockchain startups–all of which are important to smart cities.
32,000 LEDs to light up Pune under ‘smart lighting’ scheme
A “smart-lighting scheme” is soon-to-be-launched in Pune, India, that will involve the installation of 32,000 LED street lights. The system will track misuse of electricity in order to reduce city costs. This is happening ahead of the “smart signaling” initiative that is will address traffic concerns.
Here is a list of industry events that we will be watching, hosting, and/or participating in this June...
In the United States we face crumbling infrastructure problems, yet continue to rebuild outdated and inefficient systems. It's time we think differently about infrastructure. States from Ohio and Colorado to Virginia and Nevada are well on their way.
With the acquisition, Venture Smarter will launch Venture Smarter Labs, adding a new business unit to the growing company that focuses on ‘working together to build smart cities, regions, and industries.’ Labs will work with businesses, investors, agencies, and universities to enable impact and innovation leveraging advanced technologies.
Monday, May 14th - Washington, DC - Venture Smarter - Congressional Smart Cities Caucus meets with stakeholders to explore how technology and automation will impact future workforce and education needs.
Are you a solution provider in the smart cities space? Are you interested in supporting teams responding to the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge? You can now sign up to be a Smart Infrastructure Challenge Solution Provider to get matched with collaborators and response teams.
Venture Smarter was excited to welcome Michael Dunaway and Dean Skidmore to the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit to help shine a light on the importance of prioritizing public safety and resilience in smart and connected development projects.
At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit, Oscar Bode (CEO, Smart City Capital) discussed his firm taking a leading role in the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge and painted a picture for how new public-private-partnership models can accelerate and expand smart city development efforts.
At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit speakers and presenters across sectors and agencies shined a bright light on their success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to accelerate the development of smart city efforts across Cincinnati and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region.
On Monday, May 14th the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus will host its third stakeholder roundtable to focus on the future of the workforce. The discussion will explore educational requirements to prepare citizens with the skills required in the 21st century economy. Among other topics, the conversation will also hone in on the importance of public-private-partnerships in developing workforce success stories across smart cities and regions.
Venture Smarter has hosted several webinars related to the Smart Infrastructure challenge. Recordings of these past sessions are now available and can be downloaded by clicking on the respective dates below. We have additional webinars coming up that are open to the public. If you would like to attend any of these online sessions, please click on the respective dates to register.