October 27, 2016 — iSoftStone North America Director of Smart Cities & IoT, Greta Knappenberger, recently hosted an introductory Smart Cities workshop at Nytec in Kirkland. This workshop was one in a series of four sessions led by smart city experts as a kick starter for Kirkland’s Smart City Startup Weekend, November 4th-6th. The Startup Weekend will provide attendees the opportunity to share their vision for smarter cities, as well as channel their creativity by exploring and creating technology to mitigate the environmental impact of urban sprawl.
Greta Knappenberger, a skilled leader in both startup and large international Smart City initiatives, shared her industry expertise in an interactive session. The workshop discussions focused on urban innovation and ways that startups, entrepreneurs, researchers, and the general public are transforming cities, both regionally and across the globe
To recap, Greta focused on three key areas including:
- Transformation of cities: Trends and challenges impacting cities, from rapid urbanization to the need to modernize, and related opportunities for new businesses.
- Characteristics of Smart Cities: What is a Smart City, and what are some ways that startups and entrepreneurs are building new solutions in this growing industry.
- Future Innovation: How startups can harness this new Smart City ecosystem by adopting strategies such as open data and open procurement.
Additionally, with the event taking place on October 21st, Back to the Future Day, Greta felt it was only right to reference the 1985 classic to drive discussion around the future of cities as seen in the past.
“Greta’s Smart City workshop was informative, impactful, and full of interesting new thoughts and ideas on the smart city movement,” said iSoftStone Director, Curran O’Brien. “Greta perfectly laid out the immense opportunity for innovators of all sizes to impact the lives and wellbeing of citizens. I also love how she perfectly tied in references to Back to the Future!”
If you are interested in redesigning how cities in the Puget Sound function as we move into the future, join Greta and other industry leaders for Kirkland Startup Weekend November 4th-6th at Kirkland’s Google campus! If you have a vision for smarter, more sustainable urban spaces, and want to engage with local government and communities to deliver an environment where we can all work, play, grow, prosper, and live comfortably together, then this is an event you don’t want to miss! To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-kirkland-smart-city-startup-weekend-tickets-21018308326.