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Thursday, September 27 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Connected Communities Opening Reception

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Join us for lunch and networking while we kickoff the Connected Communities programming, powered by Pepco.  Lunch and refreshments by Astro Donuts, provided by Pepco.

Communities in the U.S. and around the world are in a transformational period. To create livable, safe, sustainable, affordable and equitable environments, we must effectively leverage rapidly changing intelligent technologies to collaboratively address some of our most pressing challenges: education quality and workforce readiness; social service delivery; public safety and security; housing affordability; healthy foods and public health; transportation planning and access;  climate change and the increasing need for more resilient, smart and integrated infrastructure.

Smart technologies, applied across multiple sectors, can lead to new opportunities for innovation, improved services and enhanced quality of life for all.  By connecting these smart technologies in a way that integrates people, data sources, physical devices, infrastructure and institutions such as universities and technical colleges, schools, hospitals and municipal governments, we can promote collective problem-solving and strength the social and economic fabric of society.

While technology is a cornerstone of connected communities, this concept is much broader than technology solutions alone.  It encompasses a societal element, whereby, the public, private and non-profit sectors have an opportunity to collaborate in innovative ways.  Connecting communities – both physically and socially – has the potential to expedite solutions and reach a broader, more diverse, set of constituencies. This can be accomplished by working to dismantle “social bubbles;” leveraging the scope, scale and capitalization of major businesses, and pursuing public-private-non-profit partnerships to achieve multiple beneficial outcomes.

This track will explore how a “connected communities” approach is being applied within the District – and broader region -- today and opportunities for the future.  Its purpose is to stimulate new thinking to address key physical, social, energy, environmental, educational and economic challenges.  It will highlight ongoing efforts to promote civic engagement and economic opportunity, share knowledge and information, make transportation options more accessible and cleaner, and empower individuals to improve their own well-being and quality of life.

Thursday September 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068