The Cities Today Institute was launched after consultations and feedback from over 170 public sector officials who have come together at roundtable meetings held in North America, Latin America and Europe over the last four years.
It has been created for and with cities but members are able to reach out to:
- Universities and research centres: select university partners with relevant experience in the field of urban innovation and digitalisation have been invited to join the institute. Academic partners include Arizona State University with other institutions joining from Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Africa.
- SMEs: cities can learn from SMEs through both the Marketplace platform and City Leadership Forums, where CTI organises presentations from curated innovation partners who are working with cities to address specific urban challenges.
- Multinational corporates: select companies are invited to join the City Leadership Forums to present research, case studies and to create new partnerships.
- Investors: the Institute procures content from and introduces urban tech investors to cities and SMEs through the Leadership Forums and other partnerships.
There are no fees for membership of the institute, which relies on sponsorship and training fees to support the institute’s activities.
Cities must apply for membership and sign the membership charter.
A dedicated members’ website and the knowledge hub will be launched after the closure of the first round of membership registrations in November 2019.
Current city members following the launch on 1 September 2019 for North America and European cities include the Chief Information Officers/Innovation Directors of Las Vegas, Greensboro, Wichita, Chula Vista, San Antonio, New Orleans, Evanston, Portland, Altamonte Springs, Aurora, Kansas City, Topeka, Philadelphia, Columbus and Los Angeles and from Europe: Stavanger, Dortmund, Rome, Dublin, Milan, Tampere, Almere and Rotterdam.
Membership for transport and mobility officials will open on 1 October.
For further information, including on membership applications, contact: