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Smart City Works/CIT: Smart Cities Accelerator Spring 2017 Cohort Application Period Open

Smart City Works is the world’s first business actuator and a premier business accelerator for improving livability and resilience in cities. Smart City Works' unique focus on the built environment aims to dramatically change the way we design, build, and operate civil infrastructure. With unmatched capability and a world class network of technical resources and cities, Smart City Works goes beyond traditional accelerators to more rapidly move the best technology solutions cities need into the hands of city managers and solution-providing companies. The program, conducted in conjunction with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), is designed to equip companies with the skills, market awareness, and validated products to be highly competitive, growth oriented and investment ready.

Smart City Works and CIT are looking for entrepreneurs, startups and companies with emerging products to apply for the Spring 2017 inaugural Washington D.C. metro cohort, to be held at CIT in Herndon, Va. The program is open to startups globally whose visionary founders are willing to bring their ideas and passions to participate in person in a unique and impactful acceleration process. In particular, Smart City Works and CIT are seeking innovative commercial solutions that address significant social and civic challenges—safety, security, livability and resilience—in urban environments across the U.S. and the world.

For the Spring 2017 cohort, your solution will focus on one of 3 key areas of the infrastructure challenge:

  • Transport– Solutions that reduce costs, extend serviceable life, reduce congestion, improve parking, improve inter-modalities (car, train, bus, bike, pedestrian), or leverage smart, autonomous, and intelligent transportation solutions to improve our transportation infrastructure network.
  • Resilience and Public Safety– Solutions and/or IoT technologies that address the safety and security of the urban public; that mitigate the impact of rising sea levels, extreme weather events, or other natural or man-made shocks; that protect critical infrastructure; or those solutions that allow cities to be more livable and sustainable.
  • Construction Techniques– Solutions that improve the design, construction, or maintenance of infrastructure; reduce lifecycle costs or improve safety, schedules or margins.

    Smart City Works Application Deadline: Applications open now; March 1 selection process begins until cohort is full. Final date for applications is March 10, 2017

    Click here to apply.

    Special Event Featuring Dr. Toshio Obi, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan w/ talk on Aging Society, Special Needs and Robotics

    April 3, 2017
    Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Location: George Mason University, Fairfax Campus
    Merten Hall, Room 1201
    Fairfax, VA 22030

    Please join George Mason University for a special event on the evening of Monday, April 3, featuring Dr. Toshio Obi who will be visiting from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

    Dr. Obi is a professor of ICT and Director of the Institute of eGovernment at Waseda University. He is also chair of the OECD- APEC Joint Program on Silver ICT; chair of the UNESCO UNITWIN Program on Disaster Management; chair of the National eGovernment Promotion Council at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in Japan; and co-founder and president, International Academy of CIO.

    Professor Obi will be discussing the potential of robotics and technology in light of aging societies and assisting people with special needs.

    Reception (with bites and sips) and event begin at 7:00 p.m.

    For more information on this event click here.

    Click here to register.