Venture Smarter brings together NYC Leaders to Bolster Resilience Efforts in the City
In late June, Venture Smarter brought together smart city leaders to discuss how New York City can become a more resilient city through collaboration. The discussion focused on improving resilience through the intersection of technology, government, investment, infrastructure and security
Jason Whittet, Associate Director of Innovation at 100 Resilient Cities talked about the need to work on a local government and other partners to build up institutional capacity to improve resilience. 100 Resilient Cities, Jason pointed out, has helped to support Chief Resilience Officers and comprehensive resilience strategies in major cities through a partner ecosystem.
Chief Technology Officer of Verizon Smart Communities, Geoff Arnold, detailed his journey from startup to Verizon and talked about exciting trends in autonomous vehicles and connectivity. Geoff talked about the opportunities and challenges in building systems for cities and that a one-size fits all approach may not work given the varying infrastructures of cities.
Jeremy Goldberg, Managing Director of NYCx and Deputy CTO of New York City, emphasized the importance of partnerships with the technology community and ways in which government can work to innovate the procurement process and bring more startups into the ecosystem. Jeremy talked about the importance of encouraging moonshot tech projects and various upcoming challenges in the areas of broadband and cybersecurity.
Senior Project Manager of NYCEDC, Kristin Bell, provided incredible insight into responses to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy. Kristin also shared the projects NYCEDC is implementing how NYCEDC is focused on facilitating discussions between tech companies and funders to move projects forward and implemented successfully.
Rhonda Binda, Co-Founder of Venture Smarter spoke on how partnerships and community were critical to establishing baselines for successful outcomes. Rhonda, an innovator in the P3 space, also discussed how her work in Queens provided a roadmap to successful collaboration for technology-enabled projects.
Mitchell Kominsky, also Co-Founder of Venture Smarter, talked about how cybersecurity was a critical element to becoming a resilient city. Mitchell discussed the size and sophistication of cyber threats and how it impacts mobility, connectivity, and many other aspects. He also focused on how partnerships can improve our ability to secure IoT projects.
Come late October, these leaders and more will convene at the second annual Smart Regions Conference to expand the conversation - sharing challenges, success stories, and opportunities to collaborate.
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