Smart Communities VA

Program Overviews

Virginia Smart Communities Initiatives

Building on the work of the Virginia Smart Communities Working Group and related efforts, Virginia now has a Smart Communities State Action Plan.  The plan calls for pilot projects to begin the process of building capacity and expertise around the Commonwealth, and these pilots are now under way.  The pilots rely on "community-driven innovation" to identify topics relevant to each community, and include a technology partner and support to initiate "agreed upon priorities." 


Smart City IoT Innovation Labs (SCITI Labs)

CIT has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group (FRG), Smart City Works and TechNexus to launch SCITI Labs - an effort to prototype internet of things (IoT) and smart city technologies for emergency response and management. SCITI Labs creates an accelerated pathway to market through prototype funding and access to first responders (end users) across the United States.  


Smart City Works Business Actuator

Smart City Works (SCW) is the world’s first business actuator and a premier business accelerator for improving livability and resilience in cities.  SCW's unique focus on the built environment aims to dramatically change the way we design, build, and operate civil infrastructure. 


Smart City Council 2018 Readiness Grant

Virginia was selected as a recipent of a Smart Cities Council 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant to build a framework for its multiple initiatives, including expanding broadband throughout the state; adopting interoperability standards; setting out a cybersecurity and privacy plan; and creating sustainable funding for smart projects. The grant program sought applications from across North America and selected communities that are looking to apply new smart technologies to improve community livability, workability, sustainability, and resilience.

 

2018 Event Schedule

April 18 NTIA Webinar - "How Smart States are Using Innovative Techniques to Enhance Technology Use" 
April 27-28 VDOT SmarterRoads Hackathon - Virginia Beach
May 1 DHS Workshop/Showcase at CIT
May 7-9 Silicon Valley Smart City Week 
July 17-18 VDOT SmarterRoads Hackathon - NOVA
June 21 Smart City Works Spring 2018 Demo Day
July 19 VA Smart Community Working Group Rural Stakeholder Meeting
August 17-18 VDOT SmaterRoads Hackathon - Roanoke
September 5-6 COVITS 2018 - Richmond
September 28-29 VDOT SmarterRoads Hackathon - Fredericksburg
October 2-4 Smart Cities Week DC
October 23-24 Smart City Council Virginia Workshop
October 30- Nov 2 Governor's Transportation Conference - Norfolk