City of Las Vegas hosted over 80 agency representatives from across the country as well as international representatives from Canada, South America, Ireland, and England for a Smart Cities Innovation Accelerator.  The event kicked off with an evening reception on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Triple George with opening remarks by our City Manager, Scott Adams. The two-day program that began on Monday, January 14, 2019 focused on mobility and safety in city innovation and was held in Council Chambers. 
City team members (Michael Sherwood, Lester Lewis, and Joanna Wadsworth) lead several working sessions that focused on Connected Infrastructure for Public Safety Initiatives, the AAA-Keolis Driverless Shuttle Deployment, and Smart Traffic Infrastructure and Use Cases.  City of Las Vegas was a great location for the Accelerator because where else can attendees sit in and learn about driverless shuttles or see data dashboards from connected infrastructure?  The working sessions also provided an opportunity for deeper conversations and the ability to talk frankly with other agency representatives and learn from each other. 
The second day consisted of panel discussions focused on Data and Privacy with representatives from Baltimore, Seattle, New Orleans, and Kansas City; Augmented and Virtual Reality Training Tool for Public Safety developed by City of Austin in partnership with Texas State University and Travis County EMS; and innovative solutions for cities provided by Oracle, Accenture, and Master Card.   
It was an inspiring two-day event that brought together chief innovation officers, strategic urban planners and thought leaders.  Each representative shared their insights and experiences as their agencies develop and deploy innovative solutions to meet their community needs.  The networking and connections that were made during the event are beneficial for future collaborations with our agency partners. 
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