Technology impacts every person on this planet and will continue to impact how city leader’s best serve residents, visitors, and businesses. We realize though, that in order to go bigger, faster, and safer that we cannot do it alone. We will need a collective and global strategy.
At the heart of data, technology, and innovation are Chief Information Officers (CIO) and Chief Technology Officers (CTO) that have identified the need for a collective and governing body to bring together CIOs from major cities to share data and use technology to transform cities. In September 2016, the Council of Global City CIOs (CGCC) was formed and will be working to build a common framework, focused on three primary initiatives:
- Developing a Smart Cities model
- Bringing broadband connectivity to everyone, and
- Accelerating the digitization of government through open source code-sharing
CGCC will be co-led by Washington, DC Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli and San Francisco Chief Information Officer Miguel A. Gamiño, Jr. Additional founding members of CGCC are New York City CIO Anne Roest, The Hague CIO Marijn Fraanje, Boston CIO Jascha Frankin-Hodge, Seattle CTO Michael Mattmiller, Chicago CIO Brenna Berman, Atlanta CIO Samir Saini, Austin CIO Stephen Elkins, and Dubai CIO Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr.
On September 12, 2016 Mayor Bowser and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee published a joint Medium post to announce this council. Washington, DC held the first planning meeting and the first convening of this Council in September 2016. San Francisco will host a summit in the fall of 2017.
Here at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and in DC we have impactful P3 initiatives, digital divide programming, and a booming start-up scene that puts us in a great position to build the Councils common framework. In order for our cities to reach full potential, we must ensure that we are being innovative and using technology and data to provide greater opportunities and as a tool to engage neighborhoods, improve the lives of residents, and help solve our biggest challenges.
Follow @globalcitycios on Twitter and look for #globalcityCIOs from all of our partners for the latest updates and progress. For questions about the new council, please email [email protected] or OCTODC.