Bob Bennett, Kansas City

Venture Smarter Speaker Bob Bennett, Kansas City, MO

Bob Bennett became the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in January 2016 after a 25-year career in the US Army. He leads the Smart City initiatives, a suite of projects including: data analysis, Public Wi-Fi, digital kiosk installation, and smart lighting programs in the city’s downtown core. Kansas City’s initiatives earned an Edison Award (Gold) for “Collective Disruption” and civic innovation in 2017. Bob is currently working on plans to extend Smart City infrastructure throughout the 318 miles of KCMO with an emphasis on Digital Inclusion and partnering with Avis on deployment of the first fully Connected Vehicle Fleet in a municipality.

If you ask Bob, he'll likely describe himself as "a former army guy who now passes the time by wandering around city hall looking for problems (and frequently finding them) and running all over the city and world looking for innovative solutions. He occasionally matches the two..."

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