Venture Smarter Newsletter #007 (April 2017)
Venture Smarter Newsletter | #007 | Release Date: 03 April 2017
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April is a big month for Venture Smarter. The VS Portal beta program opens, The Smart Cincy Summit will (officially) launch Regional Smart Cities Efforts, and the first Venture Smarter case studies will be made available, looking at smart city success stories and failures - domestically and abroad.
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>> VENTURE SMARTER JOINS IEEE SMART CITIES AND IOT EFFORTS
Venture Smarter has accepted an invitation from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to join its smart cities global working group consisting of only a handful of individuals and/or organizations.
Venture Smarter is leading the process of developing the process standards for deploying smart city solutions, and is contributing to the IoT protocol development for and with IEEE looking through the lens of smart cities.
The processes and protocols Venture Smarter is developing as part of IEEE’s smart cities working group will drive the smart city planning process for municipalities in developed and developing regions.
>> FOLEY AND LARDNER TO REPRESENT VENTURE SMARTER
One of the world’s most prestigious law firms now counts Venture Smarter among its clients.
Foley and Lardner, an international law firm with offices in 18 major U.S. cities and three countries abroad, is ranked 12th among the 20 strongest law firms in the U.S., according to Acritas’ sixth annual U.S. Law Firm Brand Index.
“Foley and Lardner will help us deliver best practices solutions to our customers and partners, as well as to our future employees and founding team,” said Venture Smarter CEO Zack Huhn. “We believe it is imperative to work with industry leaders to develop our company from the ground up. Our decision to retain Foley and Lardner reflects our commitment to that core value.”
>> SMART CINCY SUMMIT UPDATE
Ideas will incubate, great minds will collaborate, and smart city planning will be catalyzed at the Smart Cincy Summit, a day-long event at which the Regional Smart Cities initiative will make Greater Cincinnati the epicenter of the first Smart Region in the United States.
Speakers and panelists are still being finalized for the event, but already committed are Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and several members of the Cincinnati city council, members of the Cincinnati city manager’s executive staff, as well as lawmakers from northern Kentucky, southwest Ohio and southeast Indiana.
The Smart Cincy Summit’s event date (April 25) comes at a good time, as it takes place one week before the responses to the city’s Smart Cincy (yes, they put our name on it) Phase 1 RFQ are due that is centered around WiFi solutions and smart city planning.
>> REGIONAL SMART CITIES INITIATIVES
The Smart Cincy Summit is already generating buzz. The Regional Smart Cities Initiative has earned media coverage from several publications, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cincinnati Business Courier, Soapbox Cincinnati, and The News Record, to name just a few.
Roundtable events nationwide this Spring and Summer beginning in May following the Smart Cincy Summit.