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Getting Smarter About Smart Cities

DECEMBER 9, 2013 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET

Washington, DC

Global economic challenges demand new approaches to urban infrastructure and technology as well as innovative policies to advance and accommodate smart sustainable growth. Throughout the world, cities are seeking to become ‘smarter’ by pursuing a range of different strategies, including the creation of intelligent transport networks, constructing and retrofitting energy efficient buildings, and harnessing the power of public data sets.

A smarter city is one that uses technological innovation to integrate public services, connect with citizens, and enhance productivity. These places recognize the potential of technological innovation to foster economic growth while minimizing the strain on government resources. But by the same token, a city without a clear direction will often invest in new technology without broader purpose, creating disparate pockets of innovation that fail to result in community-wide change.

On Monday, December 9, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and Barcelona’s ESADE Business School will host a forum to inform this discussion. The forum will feature technology and information leaders from Europe and the United States that are using these emerging technologies to make the most of their limited budgets, accelerate the implementation of new digital solutions, and grow their metropolitan economies. The goal is to provide clarity to broad discussions about smart cities and understand how digital infrastructure investments can help cities harness the power of technology to bring their economic visions to fruition.

Following the panel, the participants will take questions from the audience.


Monday, December 9, 2013
9:30 - 11:00 AM


1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20036