SmartCity PHL: Cross-Departmental Coordination to Maximize City Assets

May 8, 2018 · Brooklyn, United States of America

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In 2016, Philadelphia’s Chief Information Officer wanted to find a way to better leverage underutilized city assets. At the same time, the City saw a need to better coordinate information and communication technology (ICT) that was already in use by several departments. To address this challenge, Philadelphia set a goal to develop a comprehensive Smart City strategy. Ellen Hwang, Program Manager for Innovation Management, gathered a cross-departmental team to achieve this goal. During the workshop, Ellen will take participants through each step of Philadelphia’s Smart City strategy development: from issuing an RFI for new ideas that could better utilize existing assets, to creating a cross-departmental RFI review team to review submissions, to hiring a consulting team to develop a Smart City roadmap. Ellen will share best practices learned from this process and answer questions for both public and private sector participants interested in Smart City strategic planning.


Ellen Hwang
Program Manager
City of Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology
Ellen Hwang works for the City of Philadelphia’s Innovation Management unit within the Office of Innovation and Technology. She is responsible for driving and building programs that spur municipal innovation to increase government capacity, equity, and efficiency. She manages SmartCityPHL—the City of Philadelphia’s strategic initiative to engage the Philadelphia community in developing a comprehensive Smart City roadmap. Prior to working for the City, Ellen supported local community development organizations through program development, community organizing, and fundraising. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Master of Science degree in City and Regional Planning from Temple University.

Julia Haselmayer
Head of City Partnerships

Julia was trained at the Architectural Association in London and was part of the founding team of Citymart in 2011 and as a Partner today carries full business responsibility for partnerships with leading global cities such as New York City, Dublin, Detroit, Melbourne, Philadelphia and organizations such as the Knight Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities / Rockefeller Foundation and acts as the lead partner for Citymart US. At Citymart, she co-created and led the LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future program which served to prove the concept that by opening problems, cities can engage in a new way with urban and social solutions and more effectively share these. To-date, more than 50 global cities have taken part in the Cities Pilot the Future program - such as London, Paris, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos, Mexico DF and Fukuoka. Julia has further been responsible for building the operation of Citymart's original challenge analyst team, overseeing the delivery of 70+ challenge-based procurements, the onboarding and management of multi-disciplinary analyst teams as well as the successful delivery of 14 Citymart City Summits in partnerships with cities such as Zurich, Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and London.

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