Building Smart(er) Communities

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WiscNet's Building Smart(er) Communities event on October 12, 2017 provided community leaders and IT professionals with information and stories about how local communities and anchor institutions collaborate and use collective knowledge to serve their constituents. Using the Framework of a Community Area Network (CAN), these communities and organizations do amazing things; listen to their stories and learn creative ways communities prepare for the future that technology, a robust network, and a member community can bring. Click here for a copy of the day's agenda.

Welcome: Dave Lois, WiscNet CEO

"WiscNet is a community; as a member organization you, as members, are just as much of that community as we are." Dave provides a bit of WiscNet history, but more importantly kicks off the Building Smart(er) Communities event by asking us to think about what can we do differently--be it K12 or higher ed, city services, medical communities, etc.--what might our community do better together? 

 

 

 

 

 

Florence Henderson, Senior VP and Innovation Officer, Internet2

Florence works with the Research and Education community in the identification and development of new innovations in areas such as the Internet of Things, end-to-end trust and security, distributed big data and analytics, and Smart Campuses and Communities.  Internet2, is a not-for-profit consortium of 500 research and education organizations in academia, industry, and government leveraging a high-speed network and trust and identity solutions to accelerate scientific discovery and develop innovations around the Internet. Florence speaks to the IoT opportunities that can and will impact Wisconsin communities.

Ross Wilson, Retired Educator

With a focus on the framework of a CAN, Ross notes the importance of first connecting your own institutions (i.e. schools), then connecting other like organizations and finally those unlike your organization that would benefit. He highlights the people network of a CAN and compares Wisconsin to other states noting the difference and benefits of being a locally controlled state. With good leadership, patience and persistence, Ross provides a segue into the speaker panels and community stories that support this CAN framework. 

The heart of the event was illustrated in the individual community stories around collaboration, tele-health, reaching unserved populations, ensuring all students have equal access to learning, connecting anchor institutions for the pillars that make a community thrive, and creative solutions to bridge the digital divide for constituents of schools, libraries, government agencies and healthcare. Click on the image to listen and watch the passion these community leaders have and work they do to prepare their communities to meet constituent needs today and in the future.