Smarter DC aims to develop a complete picture, across all eight wards, of smart city-aligned projects, partner organizations, and opportunities.

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The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) is leading an interagency effort to explore how “smart city” technology can be used in the District. Smart city technology leverages intelligent city infrastructure, including connected devices, sensors, and data analytics, to improve quality of life for residents, enhance economic growth, and address city challenges.

This collaborative effort begins with partnerships between city agencies, the federal government, universities, business improvement districts (BIDs), the tech community, advisory neighborhood commissions (ANCs) and other District stakeholders working together to:

  • 1Align technology innovation with citizen inclusion, digitally enhanced services, more efficient city operations, and improved quality of life.
  • 2Create a common strategy across the District agencies, other government entities, academia/research communities, industry partners, and other stakeholders to harmonize current activities and drive participation and progress.
  • 3Develop a District-wide smart city framework, develop and share best practices, and take an outcomes based approach that aligns with Mayoral priorities and city challenges.
  • 4Inspire an environment of collaboration, cooperation, and shared opportunities that maximizes investments and drives efficient use of District infrastructure and resources.

The District is also engaging and partnering across the nation and around the world through leadership and participation in the International City Coalition (Washington DC, San Francisco, Barcelona, Dubai, Mexico City, New York, Santiago, Singapore, The Hague Netherlands), the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona Spain (hundreds of international cities), and the NIST Global City Team Challenge (dozens of national and international cities). We have also partnered with universities in the District of Columbia to form MetroLab Network DC, part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to join research institutions and cities to help solve urban challenges.