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SXSW 2018

Open Cities are Smarter Cities

Big data without big brother? With news on smart city tech mixing with concerns over privacy & security, the promise of open data to connect community & government has yet to be reaped. This panel brings together practitioners, open data experts & data scientists to discuss how citizen participation, government transparency & open-by-default tech is key to smart urban ecosystems. Can cities work w/ the private sector without forgetting their users? We will explore how these visions fit together.

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  1. Amidst budget worries and talent challenges, how can local government utilize data and technology, break down silos, and become efficient & resilient?
  2. Why and how can open-by-default systems, distributed data collection, and civic engagement facilitate such a transition?
  3. What role do startups play and will citizens have to be data scientists to engage with their urban environment?



Christina Franken, Mapbox Cities Lead, Mapbox

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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