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2017 Inaugural Lafayette Smart Community Summit

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Abdalla Hall

635 Cajundome Blvd.

Lafayette, LA 70506

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In 2016, Lafayette joined a national network of 15 charter Smart Gigabit Communities as designated by US Ignite. This program makes Lafayette part of a league of communities that are working to deploy tomorrow’s applications today. We have made a significant commitment toward levering next-generation smart city and Internet technologies to keep pace with the world’s rapidly changing technology and economy.

Workforce development, education, transportation, public safety, resiliency and sustainable growth are just some of the opportunities and challenges that Lafayette can address in order to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

You are invited to join us, local leaders and Smart City experts from around the country at Lafayette’s first Smart Community Summit to learn how we can improve quality of life through citizen engagement, innovative design and technology.

The Smart Community Summit is Thursday, March 30 at Abdalla Hall. Click here for the full agenda.

Speakers/Panelists

1. Nishal Mohan, Ph.D., National Community Leader, Smart Gigabit Communities, US Ignite; http://drnishal.com/

2. Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, Research Director of Global Smart Cities Strategies, IDC; http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=PRF003306

3. Andrew Rodgers, Technologist-In-Residence, The Enterprise Center, Chattanooga, TN; http://www.theenterprisectr.org/

4. Jenn Beard, Gigabit Fund Manager, Mozilla Foundation; learning.mozilla.org/en-US/gigabit/<https://learning.mozilla.org/en-US/gigabit/>

5. Lemuel Williams, Smart City Advisor, Chair of the Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission for Austin, TX; https://austintexas.gov/cttc

6. Molly O'Neill, Vice President, State and Local Government Industry, CGI (former CIO of EPA); cgi.com/en/experts/molly_oneill<https://www.cgi.com/en/experts/molly_oneill>

7. José Quádrio Alves, Global Government Director, Future Cities Lead for CGI (Portugal); https://www.cgi.com/en/governments/future-cities



This event is held in conjuction with CajunCodeFest 5.0. The annual coding competition is open to all students and professionals with knowledge in software development or technology innovation March 29 - April 1. Teams will have 48+ hours to develop a Smart Communities application with civic data provided by Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Lafayette Parish Assessor and other open data sources through the CajunCodeFest Data Portal.


Overflow parking is at the LITE Center and CGI.

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