The #IoTCinBoston week continued on Tuesday with our second "Connected Conversations," a series of executive roundtable dinners in partnership with CBS Interactive. The evening's hosts were IoTC CEO Greg Kahn along with Jason Hiner, Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Larry Dignan, Global Editor in Chief of ZDNet. Together they led a guided group discussion exploring the future of Smart Cities over cocktails, appetizers, and dinner. In the spirit of public-private sector partnership, the group of 30 dinner guests included senior executives from local government such as New Haven, Kansas City, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well corporations such as Verizon, GE, Liberty Mutual, NXP, and Autodesk. The conversation varied in Smart Cities topics from government policy and funding to investments in infrastructure and academic institutions, leading to a lively exchange of opinions, ideas, and knowledge.
On Wednesday, in partnership with the inaugural launch of the Smart Cities Summit, the IoTC led a panel discussion on Sharing Economies for modern cities. Joseph Tam of the IoTC moderated a conversation examining the impact of services such as Airbnb, Lyft, and Uber on local economies along with what new opportunities they engender for cities making IoT and smart city investments. On the panel were Nichole Mace, VP of Product and Member Experience at Zipcar, Tyler George, General Manager of Lyft, Melanie Nutter, Principal of Nutter Consulting, and David Miller, CEO of RideLeads. Together, the group painted a hopeful vision for the convergence of the sharing economy and smart city initiatives, one where more opportunities are created for the workforce, where cities are more environmentally sustainable, where underserved communities in cities have greater access, and where we're all inspired to build the next generation of jobs.