Last week, the NYC Mayor’s Office of International Affairs teamed up with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Tech + Innovation at The Urban Tech Hub to meet with international trade delegations to discuss partnership opportunities.
Miguel A. Gamiño, New York City’s Technology Officer, co-hosted the event and discussed the importance of technology as a way to become a more equitable city for all. The event intended to bring together cities from around the world to talk through some of their shared challenges and opportunities surrounding the construction of smarter cities.
“New York City is a city willing to be bold and show leadership,” Gamino explained while he presented his strategies, such as internet as a public service. Note: NYC just installed free wifi in all subway stations in Manhattan. Other points Gamino highlighted in moving forward, include digitizing interactions with the government and encouraging the government to engage with the technology sector to help develop products.
“If technology doesn’t make this environment measurably better, then we really have to question why were doing it at all.” The digital revolution is happening with or without government, and government needs to be the voice for the people to ensure that technology benefits everyone.
This event showcased the clear shared goals of governments around the world to advance their cities. Partnering with cities around the world helps NYC be more proactive about their efforts, stay motivated, and generate new ideas.