New Orleans, known for history and tradition, is now focusing on how tech and policy can increase digital equity. Founder Chelsea Collier grew up in Southern Louisiana so it is a special treat to return to past roots and talk about the future.
Digi.City Connects took place on May 22 (2-3:30pm) at Propeller Incubator.
Digi.City’s Collier’s ‘Smart City’ Thinking
BY LESLIE T. SNADOWSKY
- “U.S. cities that are leading in the realm of smart cities are looking inward to define their values as a city, prioritize their assets and identify how to fill the gaps. Streamlining antiquated policies that can inhibit innovation is a huge part of that process.”
- “[New Orleans is] in the process of evaluating their broadband availability and charting a path to maximize connectivity. These are critical steps as 5G (the next generation of mobile broadband) becomes available and integrates to expand the Internet of Things (IoT). Soon we will have 50 billion connected devices, which will create a seven fold increase in online activity. Cities that are prepared for this influx, as New Orleans shows promise to be, will benefit while other cities may find themselves in what is called the Digital Rust Belt.”
- "We are in an era of great change and disruption. Doing city business as usual will not serve New Orleans. It is time to look to what is possible – as Mayor Cantrell says, the ‘City of Yes!’ – and create a new way to approach very traditional challenges. Connected technology and the Internet of Things combined with 5G holds tremendous potential and promise to do just that.”