The Smart Cincy Summit in Cincinnati last week focused on how the city is working toward becoming a smarter city.
The event, held at tech savvy maker space Union Hall in the trendy Over-the-Rhine district of Cincinnati, was the focus of brainstorming sessions on what it takes to become a truly smart city, with attention on security, big data, connectivity, sustainability and transportation.
TechRepublic spoke to 11 smart city experts at the one-day event, ranging from Cincinnati city officials, to executives at Cintrifuse, Nexigen, Cincinnati Bell, TransitX and ET3 and more. Here are the videos with their thoughts on what it takes to become a smart city:
1. Harry Black, city manager, City of Cincinnati
Find out how the city has changed its focus from internal to external in order to work with businesses to add smart city tech to Cincinnati.
2. Leigh Tami, Chief Performance Officer, City of Cincinnati
Cincinnati is focused on building a structural backbone for its data analytics infrastructure. Find out how the city is using the data to assess problems and measure progress.
3. Eric Weissmann, director of marketing and communications, Cintrifuse
Cintrifuse is a network connecting entrepreneurs, enterprises and investors in Cincinnati. Learn how the city has positioned itself in the smart city space and learn more about Union Hall and its role.
4. Brandon Crowley, Chief Data Officer, City of Cincinnati
Cincinnati has an open data portal. Here are the data types that can be downloaded and used for deep dives into smart city analytics.
5. Rob Scott, Senior Director of Mobile Strategy, Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Bell has worked to help provide broadband to homes to help low-income families acquire internet access.
6. Jon Salisbury, CEO of smartLINK and Nexigen
Find out about real-world examples of successes and failures, when it comes to revenue generation in a smart city.
7. Busayo Odunlami, COO of Venture Smarter
Energy, agricultural, economic and environmental solutions are essential components of a smart city. There is a need for smart cities to be able to build solutions on top of each other.
8. Mike Stanley, CEO of TransitX
TransitX CEO talked about his vision for the future of mass transit, and the role of infrastructure development in smart transportation.
9. Daryl Oster, CEO of ET3
10. Zack Huhn, Venture Smarter founder and president
The Smart Cincy Summit will help Cincinnati build on its foundation of four pillars essential to any smart city.
11. Natasia Malaihollo, CEO, Wyzerr
Wyzerr creates surveys designed as games to encourage responses. Wyzerr works with city governments to use survey data to improve services for a smarter city.
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Teena Maddox is a Senior Writer at TechRepublic, covering hardware devices, IoT, smart cities and wearables. She ties together the style and substance of tech. Teena has spent 20-plus years writing business and features for publications including People, W and Women's Wear Daily.