What might be the largest tech conference of the year kicks off at the Brooklyn Navy Yard this Wednesday.
Smart Cities NYC is a four-day conference of lectures, workshops and parties, focusing on how technology can improve the functions of cities and the lives of people in them.
Speakers will include some of the top names in Brooklyn, including Beth Noveck, the cofounder of the Gov Lab; Steve Kuyan, the managing director of the Future Labs at NYU Tandon; Shaun Abrahamson, the cofounder of Urban.Us; Brad Hargreaves, the founder of Common; Rachel Haot, the managing director of 1776NY; and Javier de la Torre, the cofounder of CARTO, to name only a few.
They will be joined by an impressive group of non-Brooklynites, including Michael Nutter, the former mayor of Philadelphia, Anthony Coscia, the chairman of the board at Amtrak, Miguel Gamino Jr., the CTO of the city of New York, and Michael Masters, the president of the Soufan Group.
A full rundown of the event is here.
With a price tag of more than $1,000 to attend, Smart Cities NYC is not going to be available for most people in the Brooklyn tech scene, but its presence here is something to consider. Its placement in the Duggal Greenhouse, where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated last spring, shows Brooklyn’s increased standing in the world of technology. And in the past year, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been host to two tech hubs opening up there: New Lab, a workspace for manufacturing and design firms, and 1776NY, a startup incubator.