DIA, Envision Charlotte to Collaborate on Smart City Conferences

The Dallas Innovation Alliance said Dallas will host the "By Cities, For Cities" conference in 2017.


The Dallas Innovation Alliance announced Monday that the DIA will collaborate with Envision Charlotte on “By Cities, For Cities,” a first-of-its-kind series of conferences in 2017 and 2018.

The collaboration was one of three initiatives announced by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. Also included in the announcement was the formal launch of the Dallas Innovation District, and DIA’s participation as a founding partner of the city of New York’s national coalition of cities that are dedicated to ensuring equitable and responsible deployment of smart city technologies.


Jennifer Sanders of the Dallas Innovation Alliance

“We are honored that for the second straight year, the White House has included Dallas’ initiatives amongst the amazing the work being done by cities all across the country,” DIA Executive Director Jennifer Sanders said in a release.


The “By Cities, For Cities” program will bring cities together from across the world over the next two years to conferences on how to become smarter, more sustainable, and efficient.

The first conference will convene in 2017 in Dallas, and Charlotte will host the workshops in 2018. The conferences will feature city officials sharing their ideas with their peers about the lessons that have been learned about what works, things to avoid, how to get started, and how to define success, the DIA said in the release.

Dates for the conferences will be announced in the fall.


DIA said the city also will be launching the Dallas Innovation District in the West End neighborhood of downtown Dallas, aimed at bringing together corporate, civic, and startup innovation via a single district-level test site.

DIA also said its Living Lab continues to make progress toward a launch by the end of the year.


The city of New York’s national coalition of cities, which is dedicated to ensuring equitable and responsible deployment of smart city technologies, has three primary goals, according to the release:

  • Provide a common framework to help governments develop and expand policies and procedures released to the Internet of Things
  • Ensure that openness and transparency exists in the use of public and space and assets for smart city solutions, and
  • Advance the public dialogue about how the private sector, government, and academic partners can maximize how the public benefits from smart city solutions.



The Dallas Innovation Alliance, a public-private partnership dedicated to instituting the smart cities model in Dallas, said corporate innovation partners will be announced this fall.

Like the DIA, Envision Charlotte is as public-private partnership that is leading that city’s smart city initiative. It, too, will use Charlotte’s urban core as a living lab, according to Envision Charlotte’s website.


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