Browse Exhibits (5 total)

Smart City Challenge Winner: Columbus, Ohio

"Columbus has a bold vision to be a community that provides beauty, prosperity and health for all of its citizens."

#SmartCityPitch: Columbus, Ohio

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Open Data in Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton is a small city in Alberta, Canada on the North Sasketewan River; The city has a smart city focus on data, turning garbage to biofuels, and is working towards becoming a carbon neutral community. The Open Data Initiative in Edmonton makes all of the city's data accessible to the public. The general goal of this is to better connect citizens and the government and facilitate a more responsive government. 

Edmonton’s Open Data Initiative allows it to function as a smart city in many ways...

  • The project itself focuses on making government data accessible to the public, and creating a culture of accessibility and accountability between the government and its citizens.
  • The project uses apps to curate user generated data, the Edmonton Public Library’s resources and metadata system, and a database to house and implement this data.
  • The projects main benefits are that it is sustainable, it informs the choices of citizens, and ultimately leads to a safer city.
  • As the goal of the Open Data Initiative is to increase flow of information and trust between the public and the government, the primary stakeholders and decision makers are the government and city managers themselves as well as the average citizen and other users of the city, including visitors.
  • Ethical complications of this project include the ever-expanding definition of social contract theory, and the implications of collecting data about those who may not realize this data is being collected. In addition to this, it is important to consider how various correlations may be used, and to be aware that data is ultimately correlational. 

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Grand Rapids The Things Network

The Things Network is a global, crowdsourced, open, free and decentralized internet of things network. 

Start Garden employee, Austen Dean, is focusing on implementing the use of The Things Network and it's technology in to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read direct quotes from him here.

The idea behind using The Things Network in Grand Rapids is to create a safer, cleaner environment. The network is open for anything that has an IP address so it can automatically connect to the Internet of Things(IoT) and give it data. IoT then analyzes the data and can use it to benefit society.

View this video on The Things Network to get a better understanding.


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Array of Things - Chicago

The city of Chciago hopes to become a "digitally connected" city by using sensory technology to gather data about its citizens, air quality, and other environmental factors. It hopes that making this data accessible to all through the city's open data portal will inspire contributors to point out problems and potential solutions for the city. This process is meant to rebrand Chicago as an innovative city.

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Smart City Social Contract

City administrators must maintain accountability as governance becomes increasingly abstract in the digital age. 

“Every community is different, with different needs and different approaches.  But communities that are making the most progress on these issues have some things in common.  They don't look for a single silver bullet; instead they bring together local government and nonprofits and businesses and teachers and parents around a shared goal.” – President Barack Obama

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