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In September 2016, the Council of Global City CIOs (CGCC) was formed, a collective and governing body to bring together CIOs from major cities to share data and use technology to transform cities. The CGCC will focus on 1) Developing a smart cities model 2) Bringing broadband connectivity to everyone and 3) Accelerating the digitization of government through open source code-sharing. DC has also joined the US Ignite network of Smart Gigabit Communities, a partnership with NSF, to develop six gigabit applications that serve community needs, and lead public safety cluster collaborations via NIST’s Global City Team Challenge.

Progress Updates

October 2019: Three DC area teams were announced the winners of the DCx public innovation challenge, overall splitting $34,000 in start-up and research funds. View details here.

September 2019: OCTO continues to explore and mature its Smarter DC initiative, first launched in 2015. OCTO held three Design Thinking workshops with stakeholder agencies to gain insight on opportunities, barriers and attitudes around smart city technology and the Smarter DC program.

July 2019: OCTO participated in international WeGO association and ASEAN sessions at NIST Global Cities Team Challenge 2019 conference. The NIST GCTC program started in 2015 to spur collaboration among cities, industry, and researchers, and helped initiate the PA 2040 Urban Living Lab.

June 2019: Launched DCx: Mayor Muriel Bowser and OCTO invited application developers and entrepreneurs to compete in a second public innovation challenge asking how the future of public safety and public health technology will benefit from new high-speed 5G networks. DCx was also supported by US Ignite SGC. Learn more.

February 2019: George Washington University’s Transportation Team announced as winners of GigabitDCx 2018, receiving $25,000 in start-up and research funds and local entrepreneurs How’s My Driving LLC receiving Honorable Mention and $9,000. GigabitDCx attracted over 116 innovators and received 21 submissions. Read more.

October 2018: Using US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities grant funds, OCTO launched its first civic innovation challenge using gigabit-enabled technology to address city problems. Mayor Muriel Bowser and OCTO invited application developers and entrepreneurs to compete in GigabitDCx for a chance to develop and demonstrate next generation, gigabit applications addressing traffic and a changing climate. Learn more here.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
  • Related core sectors: technology
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions
  • Related action areas: space and supports, DC identity and promotion