Tuesday July 26, 2016

BRADENTON, Fla. – Stan Schultes of innovation firm Spark Growth, with John Osborne of Manatee County Planning, host a free community discussion about Smart Cities on the evening of Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016. With all the growth and change happening in the Bradenton area and in Manatee County, they ask, “What’s a Smart City and What Does that Mean to You?”

This highly interactive conversation will look at what are we already doing in the Bradenton area as well as what is on the planning board. What areas of life benefit from smart cities technology, how do we best involve citizens, and what about privacy concerns? What are the kinds of projects that leading cities are implementing, what hurdles do they present, and what are the benefits they enjoy?

A Smart City is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to manage a city’s and region’s assets. Through the use of sensors and human input integrated with real-time monitoring, non-personal data are collected from a wide variety of devices and systems with the goal of improving our quality of life with insights gained through big-data analytics and interactive apps for citizen engagement. Think local departments’ information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, Emergency Management, etc.

Stan and John are leading voices for Smart Cities Technology in the Bradenton area and will lead a city/county team attending Harvard’s Smart Cities Accelerator this fall in Boston. Join us at Station 2 Innovation in Bradenton for this Network & Learn session, and help drive the discussion on how our area can best be served by Smart Cities technology. Come and let your voice be heard and counted as you weigh into the conversation.

Station 2 Innovation’s mission is “Building & Connecting the Community to Catalyze & Support Entrepreneur Growth” and is located in the historic firehouse at 912 7th Ave East in Bradenton. Don’t miss the business social before our Smart Cities conversation – network, learn and mingle with fellow professionals from Manatee & Sarasota counties and the surrounding areas along the Innovation Coast. Although team member Norman Dempsey has an MBA in Information Systems and Finance, he frequently says our speakers are so valuable that he’s earning his second MBA in Entrepreneurialism and Small Business! Mark your calendar and be prepared at each session to learn new tools and tactics, and be sure to arrive early for excellent business networking opportunities.

Don’t miss our other upcoming events which include Kano Keller sharing “The Lifetime Value of a Client” on Tuesday August 9th, and former Googler Scott Carvin’s “Digital Marketing in 2016” talk on August 16th where he reveals what works and what doesn’t in today’s Digital Marketing environment. Many more events can be seen at the online Station 2 Innovation Event Calendar:  http://station2innovation.com/events

WHAT: Stan Schultes invites the community to Station 2 Innovation to discuss, “What’s a Smart City and What Does that Mean to You?”

WHEN: Tuesday, August 2nd, 6:15pm – 7:30pm (note additional events most Tuesdays throughout the year, see online schedule). Networking social begins at 5pm.

WHERE: Station 2 Innovation, 912 7th Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34208

COST: Free

For more information about Station 2 Innovation Events, visit: http://station2innovation.com/events

Alternately, contact Stan Schultes or Sara Hand at info@Station2Innovation.com or 941-877-1599

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