Louisville, Kentucky's chief technology officer works with the Code for America Brigade captain every day. That sounds to me like a good way to start building a smart city. But there's more to it than that. “My job is to help us chart the course forward” for what he sees as the new IT. If as the metaphor goes, data is the new oil, or technology is the new steam engine, or “smart” is the new “rich and famous,” Ed Blayney has just sprung the gate. This former second-in-command of an Army infantry company in Afghanistan says civic tech's not going away.
She's the first woman of color on the San Ramon (CA) City Council, born in Pakistan, a senior member of the 5G group at a major telecom carrier, and a mom -- and she's coaxing her "surprisingly unconnected" city into the digital age. Her job won't be easy, as she's found out since being elected last November.
Two problems with civic tech products -- Generous volunteers build impressive software to improve life in a city. These projects spring from imagination that’s free of institutional boundaries, and to any users or city administers who want to use them, they’re just plain free. What could go wrong?
Smart cities, or cities on the path to smart, should first ensure they've got these three non-technical attributes in place, says smart-city leader Greg Delaune of UIX Global. Only then should anyone go changing lightbulbs.