As part of the launch of the WeGO Thematic Clusters, WeGO is also acting as an official partner of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC). Building upon the success of the GCTC Kickoff Conference in February of this year in Washington D.C., Portland, Oregon (USA), in collaboration with Technology Association of Oregon and urban systems, will host the GCTC Tech Jam from June 20-22, 2018 and WeGO cordially invites its members to join us at this global forum for smart city initiatives. More information about GCTC and its work can be found on their website and details on the event including the programming can be found on the Global Tech Jam site.
WeGO will be taking a lead role at this event, as we will be organizing both an official reception with refreshments on June 21 and a focused session on smart city issues on June 22. The expertise and experience of our member cities is highly valued at these events, and we highly encourage you to participate in our session and/or explore various opportunities enlisted below. If you wish to speak at the WeGO session, please express your interest by May 16. More information will be available soon.
This program is touted as a great opportunity for cities to connect with companies for smart city collaboration, and conversely, it is a great opportunity for companies to network with the large number of cities in attendance for future projects. City and regional governments expected to attend include Utah (USA), Kansas City (USA), Portland (USA), Tel Aviv (Israel), Independence (USA), Seoul (Korea) and San Leandro (USA), to name a few.
Additionally, several Action Clusters have already (or is in the process) of realizing actual projects, such as Kansas City-Missouri-Bellevue-Washington & Cisco and XAQT on City Data Platform. Another example is Kansas City, along with Sensity Systems, Cisco Systems, Think Big Partners implemented an IoT platform to develop a smart city network, starting with Kansas City’s streetcar starter line in their Downtown area.
- Member cities are encouraged to form their own Action Clusters if they wish to attend, and speakership spots are still open for 2018. To do so, please complete the worksheet template by May 3, and a fictional example of a completed worksheet may also be downloaded here.
- Member cities are also invited to take part in the Lightning Pitch session on June 21 and can apply here until May 16.
- Corporate Members are also encouraged to present their solution at the Global Tech Jams Poster Session and may apply here prior to May 25.
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