Today, as part of the Administration’s new Smart Cities Initiative led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, IBM announced that it is deploying a Smarter Cities Challenge team in Detroit to help the city and the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) remove blight and build smarter Detroit neighborhoods. Through this initiative, a team of top IBM experts will spend three weeks helping Mayor Mike Duggan and the DLBA design a strategy for cost-efficient, sustainable removal, recycling and re-use of debris from abandoned and neglected properties, thereby allowing the DLBA to redirect its limited resources to making strategic investments in neighborhoods. The project will also receive a special grant of Twitter data, which will provide analysis of historical and current social media data to help tackle the issue.
You can read more about the White House’s Smart Cities Initiative and other commitments made by city leaders, academics and companies here: http://buff.ly/1Ns2yzU
Speaking personally, I’m thrilled to be spending the next three weeks bringing the best of IBM to this great city. Here we go!