POLIS: A Civic Tech and Smart Cities Speaker Series

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive - 10th Floor
Arlington VA 22202

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

Past Locations for this Event

POLIS: A Civic Tech and Smart Cities Speaker Series

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive - 10th Floor
Arlington VA 22202

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

Past Locations for this Event

About this event

Overview: In collaboration with Georgia Tech, General Assembly is hosting POLIS, a speaker series featuring thought-leaders from the Atlanta civic tech and smart cities communities to discuss the intersection of computational technology, governments, data, and citizenship. The series focuses on themes such as sustaining new civic hacking efforts, emerging modes and sites of engagement, the role of governments in urban technological change, and more. The series is coordinated and moderated by Dr. Thomas Lodato, a research scientist at Georgia Tech working on smart cities and inclusive innovation in Atlanta.

What You’ll Take Away: How governments, civic hackers, and data scientists are using technology to reshape cities and the lives of residents.

Why It Matters: According to a Forbes article, smart cities have “a combined market potential of $1.5 trillion globally […] in segments of energy, transportation, healthcare, building, infrastructure, and governance.” In a 2015 article, Forbes also reports that “[l]ocal and state government will spent an estimated $25.5 billion on information technology this year [with] [c]ivic tech mak[ing] up just 24% of that […] growing 14 times faster than spending on traditional technology.” Combined, these trends illustrate the growing need and emerging role of data scientists, developers, and designers to work in and serve the public sector. As local governments of all sorts adopt computational technology under a variety of “smart” city efforts, and as citizens come to expect public services to operate like their favorite apps, understanding the potential of civic tech and smart cities may be vital to an array of new careers

About This Month’s Event: Sustaining the Hack For the first event of the series, we are happy to focus on the theme of social sustainability within civic technology. From hackathons to monthly meet-ups, many civic tech projects require volunteer labor and casual, extracurricular involvement.

As such, maintaining projects long-term can be a challenge. This month features three speakers who are well aware of the challenges of sustaining civic tech efforts. The panel will focus on issues of organizing, managing, and realizing civic tech projects long-term.

Agenda:

  • Check-in & Networking 7:00 - 7:10 pm
  • Panel/Lighting Talks 7:15 - 8:30 pm
  • Q&A and Networking 8:30 - 9:00 pm

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