Austin Forum


THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 | Galvanize | 6:15pm

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Jay Boisseau
Founder & President, Austin CityUP

Chelsea Collier
Founder, Digi.City

Jen Duthie
Transportation Engineer, City of Austin

Stephen Elkins
CIO, City of Austin

Ben Guhin
Sr. Advisor, City of Austin

119 Nueces St.
Downtown Austin

5:45pm Doors and Bar
6:15pm Presentation, Q&A
7:30pm Reception

Parking information:
$5 after 5pm: Discounted Parking at Galvanize courtesy of LAZ Parking.

How can technology help leaders and other decision makers improve smart city planning in Austin? Which smart projects are already underway and which should we pursue to help make Austin more affordable, more accessible, and more mobile-friendly?

The term ‘smart city’ refers to the usage of data, technology, and analytics to help make better decisions that improve the lives of residents (and visitors) through more effective operations of services and infrastructure. A smart city can improve civic health, mobility, safety, learning opportunities, environments, energy and water utilization, and more by measuring these things, analyzing conditions and usage, and making decisions that improve outcomes. A simple example is automated traffic signal timing to improve traffic flow and decrease congestion. A more advanced examples is monitoring healthcare facilities visits, school nurse visits, and even social media to determine the spread of a flu virus and whether there is likely to be an epidemic, and where antiviral drugs should be made readily available. A smart city will enable measurement and analysis of data in all aspects of a city, and will automate some decisions while helping leaders and other decision makers improve their decisions such that civic life and health is better for all.

Austin is in the early days of its evolution as a smart city, but efforts are accelerating. There are initial ‘smart projects’ under way like public safety, energy utilization, affordable housing, transportation, and more. The City of Austin is finalizing a smart city strategic plan in May 2017 that will guide future efforts to deploy more smart services and infrastructure that improves lives and saves money, resources, and time. Join us to learn about the current Austin smart city efforts, strategic plan, and potential future projects that will address civic issues and improve the quality of life in Austin for all… and learn how to be part of the solutions!

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Jay Boisseau is the President and founder of Austin CityUP, a smart city consortium of private and public sector entities—including companies, professional associations, government agencies and departments, public service providers, academic institutions, community, non-profit organizations, and individuals—  in Austin, Texas working together to develop and apply technologies and infrastructure to improve transportation, safety, environmental quality, energy utilization, water utilization, health, education, housing, workforce development, and more. Boisseau is also the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Vizias, a high performance computing and technology consulting firm. He provides the vision, strategy, and expertise for the application of advanced computing technologies for computational science and research. 
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Chelsea Collier facilitates partnerships and encourages collaboration within the Smart Cities Connect community. She is an avid evangelist for uniting technologists, entrepreneurs, government leaders and elected officials for the civic and social good. She is Co-Founder of Impact Hub Austin, Founder of Digi.City, a Principal at Intercambio Group and an Eisenhower Fellow focused on Smart Cities in the US and China. Chelsea brings her experience as a Senior Advisor to Texans for Economic Progress, a statewide technology coalition, to the broader global community.
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Jen Duthie is the Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer with the City of Austin. Her job duties include overseeing the City’s traffic management center, and assisting with the City’s smart city initiatives. Prior to joining the City of Austin in March of this year, Dr. Duthie directed a transportation research group at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Stephen Elkins serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management department, (CTM). As CIO, he oversees the Department’s use of information technology to improve performance and manage risk across the City’s overall organization. Stephen leads the Department’s enterprise architecture, information systems, information technology governance, and information resources management programs in collaboration with all organizational components of the Department.

Stephen came to the City of Austin with over 17 years of senior management experience in the semiconductor industry. His career includes managing global service operations and leading a global technical training center. In his earlier days at the City, he served as the Manager for the Project Management Office. He was then appointed as Director of the Small, Minority Business Resources department, prior to this appointment as CIO.

Stephen holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology. He is also a certified Project Management Professional and a member of the Project Management Institute.
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Ben Guhin is the Senior Advisor for Design and Technology at the City of Austin, having joined us on February 22, 2016. He advises the Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Information Officer on how to start a program to bring more designers, developers, and innovation leaders into city government. Previously, he served as a Senior Fellow for UX Design at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and as an interaction designer for education, retail, and entertainment clients including Kaplan, Lowes, and HBO GO.
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