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Focusing on smart infrastructure

Government and industry representatives will come together to address tough urban challenges and how to solve them

Government and industry representatives from the world of smart will descend on DC
Government and industry representatives from the world of smart will descend on DC

Smart infrastructure is the theme for Smart Cities Week 2017 which returns to Washington DC for the third year next week.


Running 3-5 October, North America’s premier smart cities conference and exhibition will bring together visionary leaders and thinkers from all levels of government to see, hear and be inspired by real-world examples of smart infrastructure solving tough urban challenges.


"The history of our country is a history of investing in infrastructure for the benefit of citizens – the transcontinental railroad, the power grid, the telephone system, the interstate highway system, the Internet,” said Jesse Berst, chairman of the Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, which hosts the event.


He adds: "Now we must invest in smart infrastructure to make our cities more livable, workable and sustainable. We can only make the right investments through conversation, collaboration and coordination.”


Attendees will hear about this topic from public, private and non-profit leaders from around the world, including: Tom Steyer, founder and president, NextGen Climate; Mike Zeto, executive director, Smart Cities, AT&T; and David Nemtzow, director, Building Technology Office, US Department of Energy.


The conference programme features eight key tracks:

  • Connected and autonomous vehicles
  • Networked cities
  • Built environment
  • Investing for change
  • Smart infrastructure
  • Climate resilience
  • Happiness as a city indicator
  • Compassionate cities.

Conference participants will also see cutting-edge infrastructure solutions from leading vendors presented in the exhibition hall. The hall will also feature the popular Innovation Alley competition that showcases start-ups determined to build The Next Big Thing for tomorrow’s cities.


Produced in partnership with MCI, the third annual Smart Cities Week DC will be held at the Walter E Washington Convention Centre 3-5 October 2017.


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