July 12, 2019
WASHINGTON DC – The chief technology and deputy chief resilience officers of Washington DC took part in a smart city roundtable organized by WeGO, to share their city’s initiatives with representatives of close to 30 local governments, corporations, and institutions from around the world.
Speaking alongside a mayor and other officials from Cauayan City (Philippines), West Java Province (Indonesia), and Taipei (Taiwan), CTO Lindsey Parker and Deputy CRO Harrison Newton presented on a series of challenges and achievements relevant to the roundtable’s theme of urban resilience and public safety. Heads of institutions including the FIWARE Foundation and Leading Cities, as well as representatives from the World Bank and UN-Habitat, were also present to enrich the discussion from an international perspective.
The WeGO-DC Smart City Roundtable was organized by WeGO on July 10, ahead of the two-day Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Expo hosted by the National Information of Standard and Technology (NIST) in Washington DC. GCTC is a platform under the initiative of the US federal government that promotes smart city development by enabling local governments and other stakeholders to work together on targeted projects under the scope of “action clusters.”
The expo, which follows a Tech Jam in 2018, welcomed around 1,500 visitors and 100 exhibitors to its sessions and exhibition area. WeGO’s Program Director moderated a panel on the importance of knowledge and technology platforms and explained his organization’s own work to support smart cities. At its booth, WeGO further showcased its activities and had one-on-one consultations with over 40 public and private-sector stakeholders across North America, Europe, and Asia.
WeGO also took the opportunity on the sidelines of the event to conduct strategic meetings with partners such as GO SMART, to strengthen relationships and plan for joint activities over the months to come.
With the momentum established with Washington DC, WeGO is developing plans to expand its activities with the city and in North America in 2020.
Read the full post-roundtable report.