Data-Smart City Solutions



Please join us on November 7-8 for the first-ever Summit on Data-Smart Government at Harvard University, presented by the Civic Analytics Network (CAN), a peer group of leading Chief Data Officers from America’s largest cities working to advance the use of data analytics in municipal government. At the Summit, you will learn about the ways data is reshaping how cities across the country work and hear from expert speakers including CAN Director Stephen Goldsmith, author of The Responsive City and Director of Harvard’s Innovations in Government program. Conference participants will be able to take part in training and workshops to gather practical knowledge about how to transform city services and government through the use of data and attend sessions on topics including how cities can leverage data for public safety, mobility, inspections, and more. Details and additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Space is limited, so be sure to register early!


All sessions will take place at The Charles Hotel. Agenda is a draft and is subject to change.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

1-2:30 Hands-On Pre-Conference Sessions

Applying Mobility Data in Cities

Louisville, among the first cities to partner with Waze on their CCP data program, has spent several months learning how to process the raw Waze data feed into a usable platform in AWS. The open source code and processing tools will be shared on GitHub for other cities to use. This session offers a look at the Waze data, process, code and how you can use it in your city to transform a data feed into usable data for analytics and other valuable use cases.  

Presenter: Michael Schnuerle, Data Officer, City of Louisville

Leveraging Geospatial Data: The Los Angeles Story

Los Angeles has won international recognition for its GeoHub, a city-wide resource for data management and data visualization. Learn how the hub was created and how the CDO team developed a community of practice to improve city operations with data visualization. 

Presenter: Sari Ladin- Sienne, Ash Fellow, City of Los Angeles

SF Data Academy: Developing a Data Culture Through Training

The San Francisco data team will share an overview of the way the city supports data literacy with its Data Academy. The session also includes highlights of the training delivered to city staff on creating dashboards and visualizations using Power BI.

Presenters: Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer, City of San Francisco, and Blake Valenta, Ash Fellow, City of San Francisco

The Value of Data-Driven Decision-Making

This session provides an introductory data literacy workshop that could be delivered in your city.  Topics include data quality assessment, basic data analysis tools and how to present data for decision-makers. 

Presenter: Rayid Ghani, University of Chicago

Police Early Intervention Systems

In this session, Joseph Walsh, Senior Data Scientist, provides a look at the data science work of the University of Chicago to develop a Police Early Intervention System that improves on current methods to identify officers at risk of adverse interactions. The model correctly flags more officers than existing early intervention systems while reducing incorrect flags.

Presenter: Joseph Walsh, University of Chicago Center for Data Science and Public Policy

Data Science Applications in City Government

San Diego has had a data scientist for over a year now and over that time has developed a methodology for working with departments to make the engagements maximally effective.  Hear about data science engagements across the city, what works and what has been challenging.  This session helps demystify the role of data scientist in city government and provides advice on how to make projects successful. 

Presenter: Arnaud Vedy, Data Science & Analytics Program Coordinator, City of San Diego

2:45-4:15 Hands-On Pre-Conference Sessions

Implementing Risk-Based Restaurant Inspections in Chicago

The city of Chicago found the kind of critical violations of health code that cause illness a week faster using their predictive model, improving inspections by efficiency 20%. The model uses both city data and external data in an open source model available on GitHub. This model has already been replicated in Montgomery County, MD and in Louisville and other cities. Learn how to use this model in your city.

Presenter: Tom Schenk, Chief Data Officer, Chicago

Saving Lives Through Data: New Orleans Smoke Signals

When the New Orleans fire chief sought help from the city analytics team, he wanted to be able to prevent fire fatalities by identifying the homes most likely to have a fatality and least likely to have a smoke alarm.  The city was already providing free smoke alarms but not on a data-driven basis. The model has already saved lives in New Orleans and the model is available for other cities. Syracuse has already replicated the model. Learn how your city can use this code to prevent fire fatalities.

Presenter: Oliver Wise, Director of Performance and Accountability, City of New Orleans

Preparing for Emergencies: New York City Data Drills

The Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) conducted a series of “data drills” to prepare for a variety of possible incidents that could stress city data systems and operations.  Bringing together leaders from across city departments to role play how they will respond to an emergency has improved data quality and interoperability, disaster or not.  This model of preparation for how data is used as a tool for response to an incident has been institutionalized as a regular practice. Learn how you can conduct data drills in your city. 

Presenter: Craig Campbell, Ash Fellow, New York City

Human-Centered Approaches to Data + Digital Services

The framework of human-centered design - which starts with end-users and tailors solutions to meet their needs - has emerged as an effective and empathetic way to build tools and services, craft public policy, and solve problems that matter. Learn how municipalities are beginning to practice these techniques, and how the City of Pittsburgh is democratizing their use through training for frontline employees.

Presenter: Robert Burack, Ash Fellow, City of Pittsburgh

How to Scope Data Projects

In this session, Lauren Haynes, Associate Director at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, walks participants through how to scope projects involving data, starting from identifying the problem you are trying to solve and the actions to address the issue.

Presenter: Lauren Haynes, University of Chicago Center for Data Science and Public Policy

Automation of Open Data Delivery

Automating time-intensive manual processes has saved San Diego city staff countless hours and has improved timeliness and accuracy of data. The San Diego CDO and his team have made the city’s open data more useful and usable by removing manual labor steps from open data delivery. Automation of processes enables alerts for data-driven decision making at scale and has also saved on costly outside solutions.

Presenter: Maksim Pecherskiy, Chief Data Officer, City of San Diego

4:30-5:30 Harvard Tour 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

7:30-8:30 Breakfast and Registration 

8:30-9:00 Opening Remarks

9:00-10:00 Plenary: Making Data Useful

10:00-10:20 Lightning Talks

10:20-10:40 Break

10:40-11:40 Plenary: Digital Transformation and the Value of Analytics

11:40-12:00 Lightning Talks

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Breakouts

  • Optimizing EMS With Data
  • UX: The Power of Design and Nudges in Government
  • The Power of Urban Sensors
  • Tackling the Opioid Crisis With Data

2:15-3:15 Breakouts

  • Optimizing Inspections with Analytics
  • Addressing the Challenges of Homelessness, Eviction, and Addiction
  • Leveraging Cross-Sector Partnerships

3:30-4:30 Breakouts

  • Open Data as a Gateway to Engagement
  • Hacking Open Data: Interactive Engagement Tools
  • 311: Analytics Superhero
  • Improving Public Safety Using Data

4:40-5:30 Plenary: Challenges and Opportunities in Transportation Data

5:30 Close



Please be sure to register for the waitlist if you are interested in attending. Any additional tickets will be released to those on the waitlist as they become available.

Registration is open only to government, nonprofit, and university affiliates -- please register with your relevant organizational email. Your registration will add you to the email list to receive the Data-Smart City Solutions project newsletter, from which you can unsubscribe at any time.



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