“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to smart city deployments,” says Danielle DuMerer, Chief Information Officer for the city of Chicago.

With that in mind, the US Ignite Forum enters the picture to help city officials and corporate entities alike gameplan ways to implement solutions to today’s challenges in smarter, connected ways—with help from DuMerer and Chicago, who will kick off the first of six US Ignite Forums of 2018.

As we aim to strengthen the partnerships between governments, researchers, and industry leaders, we see the US Ignite Forum as an opportunity to bring all these minds together to share approaches and discuss workable solutions. Each Forum will be dedicated to a specific topic on smart city deployments; a previous Forum covered Smart Lighting, while Chicago is tackling Wireless Deployments.

It is a natural extension of the work we already do with both our government and industry partners to develop resources that enable the growth of smart cities around the country—and globe. With each Forum, we’ll release a corresponding “playbook,” giving everyone access to the solutions discussed.

One Forum is already in the books—a gathering in San Diego in December 2017 focused on the city’s successful Smart Lighting deployment technology that is expected to save the City of San Diego $2.8 million a year while creating a network of more than 3,000 smart nodes that will enable new an array of advanced applications related to transportation, public safety, and more. In Chicago and at five other workshops slated for 2018, we’re giving leaders from smart communities around the country the opportunity to share approaches to advance wireless deployments in their communities and come away with clear-cut plans for how to move forward.

“I have the chance to better understand how a successful project from another city might be replicated in my own,” Chicago’s DuMerer expresses.

Smart city deployments aren’t happening in a vacuum, and US Ignite is working to make sure that municipal leaders can learn from one another. The result of the exchanges facilitated through the US Ignite Forum: more cities issuing more Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for Information (RFIs), and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) related to at-scale smart city deployments. US Ignite Forums are just one step as we aim to connect the dots and make the world a more connected place.

To learn more about the US Ignite Forum and access US Ignite Forum resources, please visit the US Ignite Forum Webpage.