09 August 2010

Next American City ~ Towards Urban Innovations

Thanks to MIT Global Challenge colleague Lars Hasselblad Torres for spotting this Next American City initiative, which has...
"...partnered with IBM's Smarter Cities blog and is looking for the Next American City. [They want to know] what your city and town is doing to move into the 21st century, how are they using technology, and open data to make your city more interactive?"
Interesting challenge. But I wonder how any American City can realistically invest much in being smarter when they're so busy cutting costs and paying unaffordable pensions. On the other hand, private industry in the form of mapcos, rideshares, social/service networks, and myriad other commercially viable services may be able to step up.

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