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Bright Spots in a Darkened Landscape

NOTE:  This article was authored by Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities. You can find the original piece here. 279 mayors across the United States have committed their cities to meeting climate change goals set out in the Paris Agreement, despite the Trump administration’s decision to...

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AWS Announces Winners from City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge

Today, AWS announced the winners of the 2017 AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. They recognized 19 winners across the three award categories of the competition – Best Practices, Dream Big, and Partners in Innovation. The competition was designed...

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Martin O’Malley: MetroLab Welcomes the City of Raleigh & NC State

Earlier this week, I participated in the Triangle Smart Cities Summit, where we welcomed North Carolina State University and the City of Raleigh to MetroLab Network. The event, hosted by NC State, gathered leaders from the Research Triangle Region interested in urban technology and innovation....

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Guest Blog: Introducing the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero Partnership

The City of Bellevue, in partnership with Microsoft, the University of Washington (UW) and a number of cities, private sector companies, research universities and nonprofit organizations,  is launching a new partnership- Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero- which aims to use footage from traffic cameras across...

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Ben Levine: MetroLab Welcomes Cleveland State!

Last week, we welcomed Cleveland State University to MetroLab, which joined an existing partnership between Cuyahoga County and Case Western Reserve University. The strengthened partnership came together as part of a effort in Cleveland to drive research, educational opportunities, and economic growth in internet-of-things technologies. These...

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AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge!

MetroLab Network is excited to be partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the 2017 Annual Summit. Amazon’s commitment to civic technology aligns with our mission to cultivate partnerships that drive innovation and help solve challenges facing urban areas. The AWS cloud allows civic-minded organizations...

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Purposeful, Responsible, and Open Smart Cities

Note: This article originally appeared as a MetroLab Network guest post in Data-Smart Cities Solutions. You can find the original posting and more information about the Data-Smart Cities Solutions here. We are in the early days of smart cities which fuse the physical and the digital realms,...

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Ben Levine: A City-University Partnership Upon a Hill

I had the pleasure of visiting Boston and participating in the Boston Area Research Initiative’s (BARI) recent conference Data-Driven Research, Policy, & Practice: Lessons from Boston, for Boston. It’s no secret that Boston’s terrific universities have been a major factor in driving economic growth in...

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Martin O’Malley: Houston Leads the Way with its Urban Data Platform

  Today's mayors understand that getting things done and making progress requires a "common platform" -- a map that allows citizens, city employees, and the mayor see whether what we are doing together is working or not. I recently had the privilege of visiting Houston and Rice...