Aerial photo of Brooklyn Navy Yard. Photo courtesy Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

In today’s technology-driven world, building a better, safer and “smarter” city goes hand-in-hand with the development of innovative infrastructure and urban technologies. As the most populous city in the United States, New York City is at the forefront of this movement, dreaming up unique solutions to urban issues ranging from cyber security to the future of employment.

This year, from May 3-6, it will host Smart Cities NYC ’17: Powered by People, a “first of its kind” conference and expo that will focus on the intersection of technology and urban life, as well as the importance of citizen participation in urban and civic innovation around the world.

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Hosted at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (which serves as a powerful example of the possibilities for reimagined urban space), the 4-day event will bring together industry leaders, technology pioneers, city officials, and policymakers from around the world, giving them a platform to share and exchange ideas with millions of people. Discussions, special events and more than 20 educational workshops will focus on topics like workforce development, public private partnerships, technology for social good, sustainability, resilience, and equity.

Featured guests include Dan Doctoroff (CEO, Sidewalk Labs), Alicia Glen (Deputy Mayor NYC), Ed Pallesen (SVP, Goldman Sachs), Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr (Director General, Smart Dubai), Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Tony Coscia (Chairman of the Board, Amtrak), Michael Stevens (CIO, City of Columbus) and Patrick Foye (Port Authority of NY&NJ).

The SCNYC17 conference and expo will be hosted at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard from May 3-6. Untapped Cities readers will receive a 25% discount with the code SCNYC17. For more information, visit

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