NBSO- Texas was happy and honored to welcome the Innovation Mission from the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Austin, TX. On June 13-15, the city of Austin was the global center of the Smart City movement when it hosted three of the largest global smart city IoT (Internet of things) events at the Convention Center. The co-location of The Smart Cities Innovation Summit, the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) and the US Ignite Application Summit created the most comprehensive showcase and accelerator of smart city innovation world-wide and it was a huge success thanks to the 2000 attendees and exhibitors. During these events over 100 cities and their leadership are brought together in Austin to share their challenges and solutions and to partner with new innovative technology and service providers. With a delegation of representatives from 4 municipalities, 32 companies and the ministries of Infrastructure and the Environment, Economical affairs and Foreign affairs, The Netherlands and Curacao were strikingly present in Austin, TX.
Before the start of the events the Dutch delegation had the opportunity to pay a visit to the NXP facilities in Austin and to listen to a presentation by the CEO of NXP on smart city developments in the US. During the evening, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the NBSO-Texas organized the Executive Launch Networking Reception in downtown Austin for further matchmaking between the Dutch delegation and executives from the city of Austin, leadership, technology and business communities.
Day 1 started with the Global City Team Challenge (GCTC). The GCTC is an initiative designed to advance the deployment of IoT technologies within a smart city/ smart community environment. The focus is on city projects that are replicable, scalable, measurable and interoperable. The GCTC hosts a unique open Showcase of over 100 smart city best practices and projects from around the globe with city focused presentations, matchmaking and discussions on smart city deployment challenges and opportunities. At the Expo, participants and attendees were able to hear form Federal and Mayoral keynote speakers as they were discussing the future of smart cities and the role of synergetic relationships between the cities and the innovative IOT technologies. Participants who visited the Global smart city & community coalition booth had the rare opportunity to ‘visit’ the collaborating cities through VR glasses. At the end of Day 1 the matchmaking and knowledge sharing continued at the Global Smart Cities VIP Reception cohosted by The Netherlands, Google, NXP and US Ignite. Click on the link below for a video of day 1.
GSC3 in Austin Day 1
On Day 2 and 3 the Holland Pavilion opened her doors to welcome the participants of the Smart Cities Innovation Summit. The orange Holland Pavilion marked the corner of the expo floor very clearly and was the home base for the Dutch delegation for on the spot matchmaking opportunities. Besides that, the participants could attend many workshops and keynote sessions on energy, infrastructure networks, resilience, mobility and government. Visitors were able to view the smart city solutions from all the cities in the Global smart city & community coalition. Click on the links below for videos of 2 and 3.
GSC3 in Austin Day 2
GSC3 in Austin Day 3
Before heading back to The Netherlands, the Dutch Delegation visited the Seaholm Eco district and the Seaholm Power Plant, followed by three workshops at Pecan street, smart energy living lab after which the delegation got a further grasp on the smart city solutions in Austin and the opportunities for further collaboration in the future.