How to Improve Smart City Projects
By bringing mayors together and identifying common challenges with technology projects, Burciaga said, the practice is able to develop a framework that he hopes will yield a higher success rate for future smart city projects, be there focused on data analytics, environmental Internet of Things sensors or traffic management.
That means helping civic leaders reconfigure their city government structures to avoid failures in smart city projects.
The group is currently working with several mayors across the country, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Columbia, S.C., Mayor Stephen Benjamin; Miami Mayor Francis Suarez; and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
The group claims that its framework and methodology help mayors lay groundwork to not only scale but also replicate and develop profitability for cities.
“Ignite is in a unique and strategic space, as they target those who are at the center of the equation to ensure results,” Benjamin, who is also president of the United States Conference of Mayors, says in a statement. “In order to align purpose across departments and a methodology that will succeed, I am excited to support Ignite in anticipation of how they’ll be able to help and guide cities.”
The group says it is focused on “building scalable solutions and partnerships with mayors and leading technology firms, in order to resolve priority mayoral issues, such as homelessness, tomorrow’s workforce, education, safety, plus mobility and infrastructure. The collaboration across cities is required, with partnerships that challenge everything.”
A key goal is to get mayors to talk with and learn from each other as well as from subject matter experts, according to Burgacia, which can accelerate the time it takes to move from an initial idea to a practical deployment.
“We’re dissecting the conversation at the mayor’s level so we can understand what can be applied that will scale and will replicate,” he told StateScoop. “We want to develop nonbiased ideas and solutions that can support a change in the current root cause, not the symptom.”