Austin Forum


THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 | Galvanize | 6:15pm


Speakers TBD


119 Nueces St.
Downtown Austin

5:45pm Doors and Bar
6:15pm Presentation, Q&A
7:30pm Reception

Parking information:
$5 after 5pm: Discounted Parking at Galvanize courtesy of LAZ Parking.

How can technology help leaders and other decision makers improve smart city planning in Austin? Which smart projects are already underway and which should we pursue to help make Austin more affordable, more accessible, and more mobile-friendly?

The term ‘smart city’ refers to the usage of data, technology, and analytics to help make better decisions that improve the lives of residents (and visitors) through more effective operations of services and infrastructure. A smart city can improve civic health, mobility, safety, learning opportunities, environments, energy and water utilization, and more by measuring these things, analyzing conditions and usage, and making decisions that improve outcomes. A simple example is automated traffic signal timing to improve traffic flow and decrease congestion. A more advanced examples is monitoring healthcare facilities visits, school nurse visits, and even social media to determine the spread of a flu virus and whether there is likely to be an epidemic, and where antiviral drugs should be made readily available. A smart city will enable measurement and analysis of data in all aspects of a city, and will automate some decisions while helping leaders and other decision makers improve their decisions such that civic life and health is better for all.

Austin is in the early days of its evolution as a smart city, but efforts are accelerating. There are initial ‘smart projects’ under way public safety, energy utilization, affordable housing, transportation, and more.The City of Austin is finalizing a smart city strategic plan in May 20187 that will guide future efforts to deploy more smart services and infrastructure that improves lives and saves money, resources, and time. Come learn about the current Austin smart city efforts, strategic plan, and potential future projects that will address civic issues and improve the quality of life in Austin for all… and learn how to be part of the solutions!


Speakers TBD

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