CompTIAWorld | FALL 2017 26 By Lana Sansur A t the 2017 CompTIA Annual Member Meeting in Chicago on March 21 to 23, there was a fascinating and incredibly popular panel session titled, “Smart Cities – How Leading Cities are Implementing Development Plans,” moderated by David Logsdon, senior director, federal advocacy at CompTIA. Three of the five winning cities of the Smart Cities Council (SSC) Challenge Grant Program were there, including Austin, Philadelphia and Indianapolis. Panelists from those cities detailed what they are doing to develop and execute smart city community plans. The Smart City Challenge program was announced last year as part of a White House effort to showcase initiatives around Smart Cities Week, Sept. 27 to 29. The winning cities were selected from a pool of over 150 applicants. Other grant winners include Orlando and Miami. All winning cities get advice from the Smart City Council in planning their projects, including a readiness workshop and products and services from council member companies including CompTIA. Other firms involved include Ameresco, AT&T, CH2M, Dow Building and Construction, IDC, Qualcomm, Sensus, Telit, TM Forum and Transdev. Panelists included Jay Boisseau, president and founder of Austin CityUP, CEO and co- founder of Vizias; Ellen Hwang, program manager for innovation management for the Office of Innovation and Technology, City of Philadelphia; and Erik Hromadka, CEO and board chairman of Global Water Technologies in Indianapolis. Smart Cities: How Leading Cities are Getting More Intelligent In the last decades, devices have been getting smarter. We’ve seen smart phones, smarter cars, even smart homes enabled by the Internet of Things. But now the idea is going wider—smart cities. Learn how three cities are taking their infra- structure online.