SAP, Brookings, Center for Technology in Government, and Leading Cities to Discuss How to Become “Best Run” on December 4 in NYC

Nov 28, 2012 2:10 PM ET

Nov. 28, 2012 /3BL Media/ - On December 4, 2012, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (with lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.), you are invited to join thought leaders from SAP, the Center for Technology in Government, and The Brookings Institution as they discuss what it means to be a “best run city.”  The panel will also feature representatives from progressive cities in North America who will answer questions about the pioneering approaches they are taking to spark innovation in policy-making, sustainability, government finance, and citizen interaction.

Cities and urban settlements …

  • power the world economy
  • use most of our natural resources
  • account for 50%+ of the world’s population
  • are growing faster than national economies

To be one of the most competitive cities in the world is a complex and constant challenge. It’s not enough for cities to be “smart.”  As we see in the case of Hurricane Sandy, situational awareness and responsiveness are fundamental to ensuring public safety before, during, and aftermajor incidents and emergencies.  By improving the availability and analysis of information in real-time and while mobile, cities can act more decisively, mobilize goods and services more effectively, and potentially better protect the lives of their citizens.

Panelists will include:

  • Bill Oates, CIO of City of Boston
  • Chris Moore, CIO of City of Edmonton
  • City of New York (TBC)
  • Theresa Pardo, Director of the Center for Technology in Government
  • Bruce KatzVice President and Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Sean O’Brien, Global VP, Urban Matters and Public Security, SAP

Discussion will include:

  • The role open government plays in making cities more efficient and competitive
  • How technology can be used to create a best run city
  • The role sustainability plays in the world’s most competitive cities
  • The key pillars of good urban management including such areas as good governance, user empowerment, community engagement, service innovation, and urban resilience

There will be time for Q&A after the panel.  We sincerely hope you can join us at The Westin New York at Times Square on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

RSVP required. If you are a blogger or member of the media please contact Evan Welsh at