World Bank webinar: Intro to Smart Cities

Dates: 28 - 28 May 2014


Where: Online

This webinar, which takes place at 9.00 a.m. EST on May 28, will introduce the concept, framework, and key components of a smart city strategy. It will demonstrate through practical examples the pros and cons of two main approaches to smart cities – top-down approach and bottom-up approach. It will also explain the role of the public sector, as well as the importance of innovation and innovation ecosystems.

About the speaker:
Chris Vein, Chief Innovation Officer for Global ICT Development, The World Bank
Recently described by FedInsider as “innovating innovation itself,” Mr. Chris Vein is the Chief Innovation Officer for Global Technology Development at the World Bank.

In this capacity, Chris leads the implementation of the World Bank’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy, ICT policy, and engagement dialogue with internal and external clients, and global ICT knowledge and expertise with client countries.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Chris was the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In that role, Chris focused on making government more open, entrepreneurial, and lean; creating new and innovative opportunities for delivering government products, services, and processes; and incubating innovation capacity in the civic, technology, and civic society arenas.

Over the past two award-winning decades, Chris has had the honor of serving four Presidents of the United States, thousands of professional association practitioners around the world, for-profit consulting organizations, and local government organizations.

An avid cook and traveler, Chis is based in California where he is still renovating his geodesic dome house and mentors those in need.

Chris is a sought-after commentator and speaker, quoted in a wide range of news sources from the Economist to Inc. Magazine.

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