5 Key Takeaways from the Smart Cincy Summit

5 Key Takeaways:

  1. Smart City efforts must close the gap - the digital divide, the socioeconomic divide, and the quality of life disparities

  2. New public-private-partnerships and planning strategies are required to enable the pursuit of smart and connected development efforts across the city and region - this includes new policy considerations and financing mechanisms that promote the integration of smart and connected technologies

  3. Technology is evolving at such a rapid rate that we must consider how we will prepare and educate the workforce of the future to not only develop and manage the advanced systems, but to lift up residents and neighborhoods with equitable social mobility and economic development opportunities

  4. Cincinnati and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region are positioned to become a test-bed for smart city innovations such as connected and autonomous transportation, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence, and leading efforts around data and analytics (see announcements, below)

  5. Cincinnati-based Venture Smarter announced $50 million in available project funding for winners of their 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge, which is a part of the Regional Smart Cities Initiatives that was first launched in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region in 2016

At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit 68 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.

Local, state and federal government leaders, academic and research leaders, and innovators from leading companies all contributed as speakers and panelists ahead of the afternoon presentation sessions covering a range of topics led by chairs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Global City Teams Challenge - Transportation, Public Safety, Utilities (water, energy, waste management,) Education and Workforce Development, Wireless and IoT, and Funding and Financing Smart City Projects via Public-Private-Partnerships.

  • Number of guests for summit + community day: 293

  • Number of speakers, panelists, and presenters: 68

  • Attendees from more than 150 businesses and organizations, and at least 24 municipalities and government agencies


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Several Announcements were made during the event:

  1. Drive Ohio hinted at an I-75 Smart Mobility Corridor in partnership with The Regional Chamber of Commerce, Smart Cincy, and other regional partners

  2. The University of Cincinnati stated that they will be launching a center focused on advanced transportation technologies as well hinted at efforts to create a lab for supercomputing and potentially a regional data exchange

  3. Venture Smarter and Smart City Capital announced $50 million in available project financing for the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge, and revealed that up to $3 billion could be made available ‘for the right infrastructure projects’

  4. OKI Regional Council of Governments will continue the Smart and Connected conversation at the 12th annual Ohio Freight Conference this summer with topics ranging from connected and autonomous shipping to Hyperloop and beyond