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Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing (Report Launch)

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Monday, Jun 23 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 (map)

Rapid growth and environmental change are creating new challenges for urban areas around the world. From climate change adaptation and crime prevention to the integration of new residents, much is being asked of municipal governments. At the same time, new technologies – from data collection and real time monitoring to sophisticated “control centers” – are being developed that could help inform urban decision making and improve city management. 

On June 23, speakers from four cities will present their perspectives on the ideas behind smart cities and the challenges their respective countries face.


Picture courtesy of flickr user Julio Boaro...

Blair A. Ruble
Alexandros Washburn, Founding Director, Center for Coastal Resilience and Urban eXcellence (CRUX), Stevens Institute of Technology
Dhamodaran Ramakrishnan, Director, Smarter Planet Solutions at IBM India/South Asia
Philip Yang, President, URBEM
Jianming Cai, Professor, Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)/ Coordinator of RUAF China, International RUAF Foundation
Allison Garland
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Blair A. Ruble, Alexandros Washburn, Dhamodaran Ramakrishnan, Philip Yang, Jianming Cai, Allison Garland
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