City Makers Summit: San Francisco

June 18, 2015
3:00 - 5:45 pm PDT


Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: What Makes a City Smart?

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings argues there are no dumb cities, just dumb leaders.

Google Fiber Helps Kansas City Close the Digital Divide

Kansas City Mayor Sly James says Google Fiber helped wire libraries, open internet access, and cure big telecom companies of arrogance.

How Cities Use Data to Help the Homeless

Harvard Kennedy School professor Stephen Goldsmith, co-author of The Responsive City, describes the government as a "set of vertical agencies dealing with horizontal problems."

Michael Seibel: You Don't Learn Until You Launch

Y Combinator's Michael Seibel gives startups some advice: launch and break the rules.

Will Cities Use Civic Tech Against Us?

Jerry Paffendorf, co-founder of LOVELAND Technologies, describes how the technology behind Google's SkyBox and Motor City Mapping can be used for good and bad, for surveillance or eliminating blight.

About this conference

Urban regions across the United States are experiencing rising levels of poverty and inequality. This economic disparity-paired with a widening skills gap thanks to the digital divide-hinders cities' abilities to become productive, sustainable communities. The Atlantic is hosting a half-day forum to address how technological innovations can mitigate issues of poverty, inequality, workforce development and education.

About The Atlantic

Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

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