Cities deploy smart technologies more and more across the country, creating new services that offer safer streets, less traffic, and energy savings. While pilot projects have returned encouraging results, planning and deploying smart city services at a transformative level remains a challenge for many local leaders. The US Ignite Forum offers a unique opportunity for municipal leaders to address this challenge. The US Ignite Forum's goal is to accelerate the deployment of smart community projects through three primary activities:
- Convene, curated workshops through which local governments and their partners explore project approaches and share best practices and resources.
- Identify funding sources.
- Develop playbook documents designed to inform efforts by local governments to pilot or scale smart city projects
These gatherings create a collaborative environment for local government representatives and their technology partners to share progress and ideas. We invite particpants to detail the steps they took to reach critical milestones in planning or implementing connected applications. Each Forum tackles different challenges and opens the floor for municipal leaders to ask questions, brainstorm solutions, and map out their approaches to smart community building.