Building a smart city requires strong leadership as much as it needs involved citizens. Even the best projects will fail without community buy-in and stakeholder engagement, after all.
Hampered by outdated systems and infrastructure in need of repair, the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has found a friend in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The focus on citizens remained strong on the second day of the Smart City Expo World Congress. Panels on digital social innovation, refugee policy and the sharing economy complemented keynotes on urban connectivity and the circular economy.
Cities have historically been economic and commercial hubs, but the scale of their influence and output is only growing.
On Saturday afternoon, I was flying back to the United States after attending the 2016 Stockholm Security Conference on Secure Cities.