Venture Café Forum at the Cambridge Innovation Center
Title: Smart Cities, Challenges and Opportunities
Date: Thursday March 20th, 2013
Place: Cambridge Innovation Center
14th Floor, 1 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142
According to the United Nations 7 out of 10 people will live in urban areas by 2050. Government, academia and the private sector must work together to develop new and efficient city ecosystems serving the needs of these growing communities. Innovation in Smart Cities has been the ground for disruptive business models and has defined contemporary urban models. In this panel, learn from four experts in Smart Cities about the advantages of promoting citizen participation, inter-city collaboration, public/private partnerships and global events.
Topics covered include challenges, trends and prospects for Smart Cities; Boston smart society and collaborative city; Barcelona 1st European Innovation Capital.
- Clara Barreneche, Executive Director, Catalonia Trade and Investment Agency (ACCIO) – New York Office, Government of Catalonia
- Lluis Gomez, Vice-President of International Operations of the Smart City Expo World Congress
Lluis leads an event that brought more than 9,424 visitors from 293 cities, 3,043 congress congress delegates and 162 companies from 5 continents in its third edition in 2013. He is responsible for the internationalization of the SCEWC event. A parallel edition is being held in Kyoto in March 26-27, and new editions are planned in Medellin in 2015 and in New York City in 2016.
- Mike Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities In his current role as President and CEO of Leading Cities (formerly World Class Cities Partnership at Northeastern University), Mike works with city leaders from around the United States and the world to solve the challenges that communities face, sharing research and best practices in urban policy. Mike is currently running for Lieutenant Governor. He is a former speaker at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
- Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen facing technology projects, Nigel co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics – a civic innovation incubator within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel works to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. Nigel is a former speaker at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
- Ryan Chin, Managing Director and Research Scientist, City Science Initiative at MIT Media Lab
Ryan led the development of a series of Lightweight Electric Vehicles (LEVs) within the Smart Cities group at MIT. He is now responsible for establishing frameworks for academic-industrial collaboration as well as furthering research in urban systems at the City Science Initiative (MIT Media Lab).
Q & A
Executive Director, Catalonia Trade and Investment Agency (ACCIO)
New York Office, Government of Catalonia