How "Smart" Can a City Be?

It's likely you don't think too much about your city's operations and infrastructure, except maybe when you are sitting in Boston traffic... Still, cities today - like many businesses - are mobilizing to transform their systems and processes to more effectively reach their goals and prepare for the future. “Smart City” initiatives focus on using emerging technologies and disruptive service models to meet citizens' rising expectations, attract new business, improve services delivery, and develop sustainably.

Join WITI and IDC Government Insights analyst, Ruthbea Yesner, as we explore how cities across the globe are embracing systemic strategies to transform their operations. Ruthbea will first provide an overview of smart city strategies, and then will delve more deeply into initiatives around public safety, transportation, and urban mobility. She'll highlight new programs and interesting innovation globally, including how the city of Boston is leveraging smart technologies for its own development.

Featured Speaker(s)

Ruthbea Yesner is a Vice President with IDC Government Insights ( and the "Smart Cities Strategies" research and consulting practice at IDC. In this role, Ms. Yesner coordinates the global government and Smart City research team worldwide. Ms. Yesner's research discusses the strategies and execution of relevant Smart City technologies and non-technology best practice areas, such as governance, innovation, partnerships, and business models essential for Smart City development.

Ms. Yesner's research includes the Internet of Things, Big Data analytics, cloud computing, mobility and social media in public works, transportation, public safety, smart water, community engagement and Open Data initiatives. Ms. Yesner contributes to consulting engagements to support state and local governments' Smart City strategies and IT vendors' overall Smart City market strategies. Ms. Yesner also contributes content to the IDC Community and to publications such as Government Technology, Government Computer News, CivSource, M2M Evolution, CIO magazine, SmartGrid News, Connected World and FedTech magazine. She has contributed to U.S. publications such as American City & County, StateTech, and .Gov magazine, covering technology in the Middle East, and iThome, a Taiwanese IT magazine.

Ms. Yesner's publications include a chapter with PTI and the Global Institute on the first developmental model for smart cities in "Smart Cities for a Bright Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective," which is available on Amazon. Her latest publication is on smart city measurements and assessments, published in February 2017 in "Managing for Social Impact: Innovations in Responsible Enterprise," by Springer. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events.

Schedule of Events

5:30 pm - Registration, Networking, and Appetizers
6:30 pm - WITI Overview and Speaker Introduction
6:45 pm - Program and Discussion
8:15 pm - Raffle Prizes and Wrap Up
8:30 pm - Adjourn

Meeting Notes

Appetizers and beverages will be provided. If you or your company wish to host or sponsor an event please ask one of the leadership team members listed here, or email [email protected]. Thank you for your interest.