On February 13, 2019, the Hitachi Group sponsored “Innovating the American Metropolis,” organized by Axios, a cutting-edge news site at AJAX in Washington D.C.
The event provided an opportunity for government officials, influencers, and key local stakeholders in Washington D.C. to further understand Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business.
At the event, four high-level speakers joined Axios editor, Kim Hart, on stage for a series of in-depth, one-on-one conversations about the future of smart cities. They discussed policies, innovations and businesses revamping America's cities from both the private and public sector. The “Innovating the American Metropolis” event underlined “why it matters” so guests left the event with a deepened understanding of the smart city landscape and key issues driving the 2019 agenda. Alongside Evan Ryan, Axios executive vice president, Hicham Abdessamad, CEO of Hitachi Global Digital Holdings Corporation participated in the ‘View from the Top Segment” discussing Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business and how it correlates to innovating cities at-large.
This event was live-streamed to 3,000 people and 156 notable guests from a cross-section of organizations and industries were in attendance and active on social media with #Axios360.
For our View From the Top segment, Axios Executive Vice President Evan Ryan interviewed Hitachi's Hicham Abdessamad about the role his company plays in bringing smart cities to life and the impact these cities will have on how we live.
Senator Thune (R-SD), who serves on the Senate Commerce Committee, gave his take on what the federal government needs to do to enable smart cities.
Rep. Clarke, who is the co-chair of the Smart Cities Caucus, discussed the future she sees for New York City and the importance of spreading smart technology beyond cities like her own.
Shapiro discussed the importance of smart cities and the biggest trends he's seeing as they're starting to develop.
Mayor Berke spoke to the steps Chattanooga is taking to remain on the frontlines of smart city technology and innovation.