Digital Cities Symposium

Digital Cities Symposium

Digital Cities Symposium: Collaborative Leadership

The 2011 Digital Roadmap recognized that every city is unique, but all share the goals of serving their people and ensuring a future of opportunity. Since its launch, NYC Digital has made it a priority to connect, share and learn from other municipalities, meeting with dozens of government technologists from around the world.

To foster greater global collaboration and innovation, in the spring of 2013 the City of New York convened the Digital Cities Symposium, a forum for exploring best practices and approaches to common challenges in the digital sphere, featuring 15 cities from around the world. Participants discussed their cities' progress in the five areas of the Digital Roadmap, and concluded the day with a public presentation at Internet Week NY, where each representative highlighted a compelling local technology initiative.

The Symposium was hosted by NYC Digital in partnership with the Mayor's Office of International Affairs and General Assembly, a technology and entrepreneurship campus.

Participants in the inaugural Digital Cities Symposium:

  • Beijing
  • Belfast
  • Boston
  • Buenos Aires
  • Chicago
  • Helsinki
  • London
  • New York City
  • Ottawa
  • Paris
  • Philadelphia
  • Quebec City
  • Rio de Janerio
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo

To continue this important dialogue, the City of New York has established the Digital Cities Council, a group of international digital practitioners that will meet annually and exchange advice on an ongoing basis. The first outcome of the Digital Cities Council will be the Digital Cities Library, an online collection of case studies in the areas of access, education, open government and industry, hosted by General Assembly.

Looking Forward

The learning curve for innovation is unending, its work never done. As the City of New York celebrates and thanks its partners for making it possible to realize its inaugural Digital Roadmap, it is critical to set new goals that further raise the bar of achievement.

To that end, NYC Digital has gathered input from a diverse range of New Yorkers to help shape the city’s technology strategy. Thorough digital media, public listening sessions, and presentations that spanned all five boroughs, hundreds of New Yorkers have made their voices heard and provided valuable guidance on how the City can build on its current digital foundations. In each of the public listening sessions, hosted through the City’s Meetup group, participants divided into discussion groups focused on access, education, open government, engagement and industry – and presented their ideas and recommendations at the conclusion of the event. The following recommendations are a reflection of input from the public, technologists and City employees.