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Let’s use technology to solve real problems for real people

The “smart city” movement has swept the globe. Cities like Austin are booming with interest in how we might use data, algorithms, automation, and increased connectivity to improve services. From smart lighting that adjusts to people’s movements, to self-driving cars, to aerial drones for disaster response, these technologies promise improvements in public safety, mobility, and sustainability, to name a few. The problem is this: too much of the smart city conversation focuses on the technology itself, at the expense of real issues people are facing.

In Austin, we’re thinking about how we might use these tools to solve real problems that impact real people.

This means looking through the lenses of equity, sustainability, and accessibility (to name a few) to understand the challenges facing Austin communities – rather than starting with technology and trying to find problems it can fix.

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