Smart Texas Revolution Event Will Focus on Building Smart Cities Across Texas
Two-Day Conference on April 20-21, 2017 is presented by the Dallas Innovation Alliance in Partnership with Earth Day Texas
DALLAS, TX, February 6, 2016 — Today, the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA), a 501c(3) Public-Private Partnership dedicated to the development and execution of a multi-phased smart city strategy for Dallas, announced Smart Texas Revolution at Earth Day Texas, a two-day conference, including a first-of-its-kind expo allowing attendees to experience “A Day in the Life” of a smart city. The conference program will be focused on education and collaboration, with the ultimate goal of creating an aligned statewide strategy for a Smart Texas.
The DIA works from the definition that a smart city is one that leverages social, technological and data initiatives to create sustainable economic growth, resource efficiency, and most importantly, improves the quality of life for citizens. The global smart city market is estimated to hit $1.4 trillion by 2020.
The Smart Texas Revolution is being planned collaboratively with entities across Texas, drawing on expertise and best practices from cities across the country. The goal is educate, enable and activate cities of all sizes across Texas on how to structure and execute a smart cities plan. Topics will include how to build a strong foundation for smart city programs; discussions on key tactical areas including energy, water, data, cyber security, resiliency, public safety and sustainability; and how to successfully implement these programs. Speakers will hail from public, private and civic-centered leadership from cities across the country, including Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Diego and beyond.
The Smart Texas Revolution expo, open to both conference attendees and the public, will include a new spin on the traditional conference expo with “A Day in the Life,” which will provide experiential ‘hubs’ showcasing what a typical day in the life in a smart city will feel like from morning until night, with a focus on the home, restaurant/retail, office, within city hall, and during your daily commute/streetside.
“Through discussions with cities across Texas, it was clear that a dedicated conference focused at the state level was a core need to advancing smart city strategies for cities large and small,” stated Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance. “The program is being designed with a focus on the topics that are top of mind in the current dialogue, and our goal is to create an event that brings value and comprehensive information to cities in a way that is accessible both geographically and from a cost perspective. Very few states are embarking on a state level strategy, and we believe Texas is well positioned to lead in this regard.”
“Solutions for tomorrow’s environmental challenges require an incredible amount of innovation, and innovation isn’t possible without mutually beneficial partnerships,” commented Ryan Brown, President, Earth Day Texas. “We’re extremely excited to partner with the Dallas Innovation Alliance on Smart Texas Revolution. This conference is the perfect opportunity to discuss and display how technology and innovation can drive economic growth while having a positive impact on the environment. By harnessing big data, citizens will play a greater role in shaping the infrastructure and services of their cities. Texas can lead the way, but we need everyone at the table. Come join the Smart Texas Revolution at Earth Day Texas 2017.”
Smart Texas Revolution at Earth Day Texas
Date: April 20-21, 2017
Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Fair Park in Dallas, Texas
Who Should Attend: City representatives across operations, information technology, data, sustainability and beyond; regional and state agencies focused on strategy, planning, mobility and infrastructure; civic organizations; academia and research entities; corporations; and citizens interested in the smart cities movement.
Partnership and Sponsorship Information: Matt Myers, Matt@EarthDayTX.org
About the Dallas Innovation Alliance
The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) is a public-private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a smart cities plan for the City of Dallas, leveraging social and technological infrastructures to accelerate sustainable economic growth, resource efficiency, and importantly, improve quality of life for citizens. Its mission is to develop a scalable smart cities model for the City of Dallas that leverages the region’s distinctive strengths and leaves a legacy of innovation, sustainability and collaboration for future generations. DIA support is led by Foundational Partner AT&T, Pivotal Partner Cisco, Lead Partner Current, Powered by GE, Partners AECOM and Universal Mind, and Lead Community Partner United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Members of the Dallas Innovation Alliance include: City of Dallas, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Visit Dallas, Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), Dallas Regional Chamber, Downtown Dallas Inc., The Real Estate Council (TREC), Texas Research Alliance, CIVIQ Streetscapes, Deloitte, Ericsson, IBM, Microsoft, Park Hub, Philips, Schneider Electric, Xerox, and World Wide Technology. For more information, please visit www.DallasInnovationAlliance.com.
About Earth Day Texas
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and awareness, Earth Day Texas has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the future. What started in 2011 as an outdoor event spanning five blocks of Flora Street in Dallas’ Arts District grew to occupy approximately one million square feet of indoor and outdoor event space in Dallas’ historic Fair Park. In 2016, Earth Day Texas hosted over 130,000 attendees, 700+ exhibitors and 250+ speakers, becoming the largest annual environmental exhibition and programming initiative in the world. Earth Day Texas presents attendees and participants with breakthrough solutions that will empower them to make a difference in their communities 365 days a year.
Jennifer Sanders, Dallas Innovation Alliance