Rethinking infrastructure in the 21st century
In the United States we face crumbling infrastructure problems, yet continue to rebuild outdated and inefficient systems.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 pilots and projects ranging from bus rapid transit and shared mobility to autonomous vehicles, drones, and Hyperloop.
With so much at stake in the coming years, we cannot afford to do anything other than think 'smart' about infrastructure planning. While using technology to optimize or altogether replace outdated systems and infrastructure, we must also ensure we are able to quantify the impact we have for residential quality of life, experiences for businesses, and outcomes for communities and governments.
The 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge requires regional teams of interagency collaborators to rethink the way we plan for and build infrastructure projects across cities and regions. Each team will create a project vision and planning framework that incorporates intelligent, interoperable technologies across infrastructure assets and government systems.
Teams will be favored for items such as having a 'smart' risk assessment and mitigation plan, a procurement plan across agencies focused on interoperability, and community engagement.
So far, working groups from more than a dozen states have expressed intent to participate in the challenge, in an effort to catalyze local or regional efforts and unlock access to funding, project financing, and support resources.
- Letter of Intent Due by May 31st (fill out online here)
- Draft presentations and project plans due on September 27th
- Presentations and Awards on October 25th
- Create a project vision
- Create a regional team of interagency collaborators (leverage Venture Smarter Matchmaking support)
- Create a planning framework
➝ May 24 open info. webinar
➝ May 10 webinar recording
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In the United States we face crumbling infrastructure problems, yet continue to rebuild outdated and inefficient systems.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.
Join other smart cities leaders in this forum to discuss the latest global standards, including the emerging IEEE standard on developing a technology and process framework for planning a smart city.
Venture Smarter and RSCI reveal new collaborators and financing partners for the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge to give communities of all sizes access to public and private support
Members of Congress are working together to explore and integrate smart technologies into infrastructure and policy planning. The U.S. Congressional Smart Cities Caucus - led by Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) - is accelerating that pursuit.
Local, state, and national leaders will convene in Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, April 26th where announcements will be made about financing and resources to accelerate the development of smart cities and communities as a part of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge.
On Tuesday, April 24th the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus hosted its second stakeholder roundtable and shifted the focus to smart mobility. Topics ranged from encouraging and enabling transportation innovation, exploring cyber security threats as transportation becomes digitized and automated, and the importance of public-private-partnerships in developing smart city success stories.
Driverless vehicles, flying taxis, Hyperloop, drones and UAVs. These aren't just concepts anymore, technologists and forward thinking cities are looking to move rapidly as it relates creating mobility solutions that alleviate existing transportation disparities and infrastructure burdens.
View or download the published NIST GCTC Blueprints for transportation, public safety, city data platform, utilities (energy, water, waste management,) and wireless/public WiFi.
Cyberphysical security. Public health and wellness. Environmental impact and change. Properly planning for, assessing, and mitigating risks is a primary focal point of any smart city or region. Bond ratings depend on it. Human lives depend on it. Government success stories depend on it.
This month, the focus of the caucus turns toward 'Smart Mobility,' which is timely as many federal agencies, state governments, and municipalities are trying to navigate the pathway to smart and connected transportation solutions.
With Moody’s indicating they will begin to factor cybersecurity and climate risks into bond ratings, it has become critical to build resilience into all phases of smart city planning.
The Smart Infrastructure Challenge calls for regional teams to add a technology layer into existing and future infrastructure projects with a focus on optimizing or altogether replacing outdated and inefficient systems. Grant and Financing announcements will be made during the program kick-off event on April 26th.
At the 2018 Smart Regions Congress, Andre Hentz spoke about the commitment to smart city planning the US Department of Homeland of Security has to support local governments and innovators.
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and Congressman Darrell Issa invite you to the launch of The Congressional Smart Cities Caucus on March 14th, 2018. The Congressional Caucus on Smart Cities will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to issues related to the transformation of our communities to smart cities, how it will bring about innovation and technological change, and the role that Congress can play in this transformation.
Venture Smarter's VP of Policy, Rhonda Binda, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Smart Cities People's Choice Award and needs your vote! The award is part of the IoT World Series and the winner will be announced at the Smart to Future Cities Summit on Wednesday, April 25th in London. Among 6 others shortlisted, Rhonda is the only representative from the United States!
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.
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.