#GSDinAZ. This famed expression among the #yesphx ecosystem, and in particular StartupAZ Foundation, has rapidly grown in popularity and is now a rallying cry for our community. It stands for “Getting Sh*t Done in Arizona.” It exists to highlight those leaders who bust their butt and achieve positive outcomes in our community.
Today, in honor of our vibrant #yesphx community, PHX Startup Week and, in particular, #GSDinAZ, the Institute for Digital Progress launches the Smart & Connected PHX Council at Galvanize in Downtown Phoenix.
Smart City/IoT Technology & PHX
We established iDP two years ago to drive the acceleration and implementation of Smart City technology in the PHX region. Since then two things have become increasingly clear: (1) the smart city/IoT movement is in the beginning stages, and (2) it has never been more important than now.
There is an opportunity for the PHX region to be a global leader in this movement. Our region’s vibrant and accelerating #yesphx entrepreneur ecosystem combined with welcoming political and societal climates make PHX an ideal location for Smart City/IoT investment.
However, as technology continues to emerge at near break-neck speeds, our new information driven, digital, and more connected societies demand that local governments have viable smart region strategies to drive answers to 21st Century challenges.
Smart & Connected Council
In order to ensure PHX’s competitiveness in this critical future economy, the Institute for Digital Progress (iDP) is creating the Smart & Connected PHX Council. As a new type of metropolitan leadership, the Smart & Connected Council aims to turn PHX into an international Smart Region, one that leverages technology and digital information to innovate in the provision of public and private services, enhance economic growth, and promote a smarter, more sustainable, and integrated society. The Council will consist of businesses, universities, investors, innovators, entrepreneurs, cities and citizens. They are the leaders in the region. They may not have CEO, CIO, CFO or any of the other acronyms in front of their names. They were recruited, each and every one of them, because they are known for getting stuff done. They make things happen. They deliver results. They #GSDinAZ.
MISSION: REAL CHANGE FOR REAL PEOPLE
The mission of the Council will be to affect REAL CHANGE FOR REAL PEOPLE through the practical application of innovative technology within our communities. In other words, this Council is built for one thing and one thing only, to #GSDinAZ.
Partnerships with members of the Council and outside organizations will result in multidisciplinary teams co-creating new solutions with innovative approaches. They will work together to solve the real problems that our cities and our citizens face. These projects will occur in areas that fall under the authority of local, regional, and state governments, or as part of sector-oriented programs for the provision of services in the fields of education, health, transportation and others. The idea of these activities is to transform the PHX region into a living testbed where prototypes and concepts can be developed and tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, we will help spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life for people everywhere. We will think Global and act Local. #GSDinAZ
BUILDING A SMARTER PHX TOGETHER
The Smart & Connected PHX Council will be the driving force to push PHX to the forefront of technological advancement, and position PHX as a global leader in the Smart City/IoT movement.
We will build an unprecedented culture of collaboration.
We will knock down silos
We will build up partnerships
We will set a fast pace
We will set a bold vision
We will deliver results
We will #GSDinAZ!
Contact us today to get involved and to help us #GSDinAZ.
Yours in Innovation
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Institute for Digital Progress