2019 GCTC/SC3 Expo

From July 11th to July 12th, the 2019 Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge Expo GCTC/SC3 Expo was held at the Washington DC Convention Center by the Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (GCTC/SC3) Expo, and co-hosted by NIST, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Over 1500 attendees registered from all over the world. Attendees were  able to meet Smart Tractors, Mobile Command Center, Electric Vehicles Exhibitors as well as 130+ Speakers including 2 U.S. Congressmen and 8 Mayors. Specific speakers included Brendan Boyle Congressman (PA-02), U.S. House of Representatives and Paul Tonko Congressman (NY-20), U.S. House of Representatives, Diane Rinaldo Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (Acting), U.S. Department of Commerce, and André Hentz Deputy Under Secretary, Science and Technology Directorate (Acting), U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The GCTC/SC3 brought together hundreds of municipal governments and technology innovators around the world who have established teams to address shared issues faced by cities and communities.

Rounding out July 11th, the evening Panel and Reception focused on Risk Reduction in Tomorrow's Cities and was hosted by the EastWest Institute, in partnership with Microsoft and Unisys. This panel brought together representatives from the private sector, non-profit and city leadership to discuss the challenges cities face when deploying technology and smart solutions in urban environments. Speakers shared views on recommendations and best practices to manage the risks and reap the full potential of Smart Cities across four main areas: cybersecurity, public safety, privacy and data protection, and collaboration in governance. The discussion was based around a 2019 report from the EastWest Institute, Microsoft and Unisys: Smart and Safe: Risk Reduction in Tomorrow’s Cities. Followed by Q&A Session and Reception.

Blair Hassett