At Smart Cities NYC ’17 on Wednesday, Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft corporate vice president of Worldwide Public Sector and Industry, announced Microsoft’s involvement in cross-industry collaborative efforts such as the Smart Cities for All Initiative.
“These are first-of-their-kind resources developed by the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and World ENABLED to help cities be inclusive – and therefore smarter,” says Townes-Whitley. “The toolkit will provide city leaders with a strategic and actionable guide to align technology initiatives and smart cities programs in a way that empowers people with disabilities or people needing particular accommodations.”
Microsoft is the premier sponsor of Smart Cities NYC ’17, a first-of-its-kind event May 3-6 focused on the intersection of technology and urban life.
By 2050, nearly 70 percent of the global population will live in cities, Townes-Whitley says. “This confluence of diverse people with diverse needs, meeting limited city resources and infrastructure, is creating new opportunities for government and business to address challenges with technology innovation and drive meaningful societal change. Digital technology can help us do both.”
Read Townes-Whitley’s post on the Microsoft CityNext Blog.
Microsoft News Center Staff