IEEE Kansas City

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IEEE

Smart Cities Initiative

In late 2015, Kansas City was chosen as the first IEEE Smart Cities Initiative Core City in North America. The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative is a global, multi-disciplinary effort launched in 2013 to help cities share knowledge, experiences, and best practices in the use of technology to enable better city management. The intent is to build a global network that fosters collaboration between industry, academia, and government within and across cities, and to bring the expertise of IEEE members to bear on that discussion.

The local chapter of IEEE is currently seeking volunteers to serve in leadership positions shown below. Kansas City has five focus areas; Entrepreneurship, Public Safety, Mobility, Regionalism, and Education. Please review the positions below and indicate your interest in participation by contacting Brad Jensen (bjensen@ieee.org)

  • KC Focus Leader – Entrepreneurship
    • Mission Statement:
      How do we translate educated, engaged citizens into the creation of businesses and programs for economic and social development?
    • Volunteer will coordinate documentation efforts to promote entrepreneurship within Kansas City as well as the other smart cities addressing the mission statement above. Individual will network with businesses and the city to provide whitepapers and future MOOC material to IEEE.
  • KC Focus Leader – Public Safety
    • Mission Statement:
      How do we evaluate the tradeoffs between personal liberty and responsibility and the widespread abilities for data collection and surveillance that smart city technology make possible?
    • Volunteer will coordinate documentation efforts to promote public safety within Kansas City as well as the other smart cities addressing the mission statement above. Individual will network with businesses and the city to provide whitepapers and future MOOC material to IEEE.
  • KC Focus Leader – Mobility
    • Mission Statement:
      How do we begin to understand mobility as inclusive of both transit and ICT systems in a way that connects physical and social mobility, i.e., the ability to move around a city from place to place and the ability to improve one’s economic position?
    • Volunteer will coordinate documentation efforts to promote mobility within Kansas City as well as the other smart cities addressing the mission statement above. Provide documentation on the KC Streetcar project and future transportation efforts in Kansas City. Individual will network with businesses and the city to provide whitepapers and future MOOC material to IEEE.
  • KC Focus Leader – Regionalism
    • Mission Statement:
      How do we bridge the innovation ecosystem that embraces an entire metropolitan area with all the individual municipal and county jurisdictions that are the traditional movers of government policy?
    • Volunteer will coordinate documentation efforts to educate others on the challenges Kansas City faces in the smart city landscape as a metro with separate operating governments. Volunteer will need to network with policy leaders in the area of smart cities and enable others to provide whitepapers and MOOC material. Volunteer shall be engaged with the Kansas City Smart City Advisory Board.
  • KC Focus Leader – Education
    • Mission Statement:
      How can we infuse smart city infrastructure into education to modernize learning systemically, and to catalyze personalized, lifelong learning capable of connecting learners to 21st century tools, skills and instruction designed for interacting with the digital world?
    • Volunteer will coordinate documentation efforts to promote smart city education within Kansas City as well as the other smart cities addressing the mission statement above. Individual will network with local schools and the city to provide whitepapers and future MOOC material to IEEE.
  • Whitepaper & MOOC Development Coordinator
    • Volunteer will coordinate with the KC focus leaders and the global IEEE smart cities steering committee to provide whitepapers and MOOCs to IEEE Smart Cities. This is a great position for someone interested in the technical challenges of smart cities, and the sharing of knowledge.
  • 2018 International IEEE Smart Cities Conference Coordinator
    • Volunteer will coordinate the 2018 IEEE Smart Cities conference which will be held in Kansas City. This position will manage a variety of volunteers and create subcommittees to accomplish conference planning efforts.
  • IEEE Smart Cities Standards Coordinator
    • IEEE has created a separate smart cities standards and methods committee tasked with creating new standards and guides for smart cities. This volunteer will participate in the global steering committee as the Kansas City representative for this global effort.
  • Kansas City Chapter Liaison with IEEE Smart Cities Initiative
    • The Kansas City Chapter is seeking a volunteer to serve as the main point of contact between IEEE Smart Cities steering committee and the local section. This volunteer will have the opportunity to network with other section liaisons from around the world and attend the IEEE Smart Cities international conferences. The next international Smart Cities conference will be held in Trento, Italy September 12-15th 2016. The volunteer may also present at conferences on behalf of IEEE Kansas City chapter.