Digi.City To Host Panel Discussion On New Orleans’ Rise To A National Smart City


NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans’ commitment to becoming a nationwide leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurship continues with a panel discussion hosted by Digi.City founder, Chelsea Collier, and Propeller focused on operationalizing a smart city framework and its requisite infrastructure.

On Tuesday, May 22, at 2 p.m. Collier and a panel of local policymakers, business and community leaders will outline their visions of advancing smart city and connected infrastructure development in New Orleans at Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave. Councilmember-at-Large Jason WIlliams will provide remarks kicking off the event and participate in the panel that will include New Orleans Chamber President Ben Johnson, City of New Orleans Chief Information Officer Kimberly W. LaGrue, and Propeller Director of Programs Daniel Appelwhite. 

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“New Orleans is committed to using innovative technology and connectivity solutions to drive real results for its residents,” said Collier, who also will serve as the event’s moderator. “I look forward to hearing about how New Orleans’ city leaders are cultivating a vision for the future that allows for innovation to thrive, while embracing the unique history of this city. It is such an honor to be a part of conversation so committed to dialogue, cooperation and collaboration.”

The event is open to the public but attendees must RSVP here or by visiting digi.city and clicking the events tab at the top of the page. 

Digi.City is a platform designed to discuss the policy behind deploying and supporting smart city technology. Digi.City focuses on the development of smart cities in both the United States and China, and this stems from research Collier conducted over the last year and a half as a 2016 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellow. The information Digi.City gathers centers on best practices and lessons learned across both countries to better streamline the domestic rollout of smart cities.

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