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Urban regions across the United States are experiencing rising levels of poverty and inequality. This economic disparity—paired with a widening skills gap thanks to the digital divide—hinders cities' abilities to become productive, sustainable communities. The Atlantic hosted a half-day forum to address how technological innovations can mitigate issues of poverty, inequality, workforce development and education.
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2:30 p.m. PT Guest Arrival
3:00 p.m. PT Welcome Remarks
- Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
- Peter Scher, Chairman of the Washington D.C. Region and Head of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
3:05 p.m. PT Living in the City of the Future
- The Honorable Mike Rawlings, Mayor, Dallas, Texas
- Arvind Satyam, Managing Director, Global Business Development, Smart + Connected Communities Initiative, Internet of Everything Group, Cisco
- With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
3:40 p.m. PT How Technology Is Rebuilding Detroit
Sponsor Session by JPMorgan Chase & Co.*
- Robert Linn, Data Director, Detroit Land Bank Authority
- Jerry Paffendorf, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, LOVELAND Technologies
- With Daryl Shore, Vice President, Program Officer, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
4:00 p.m. PT The Dynamic City: Where Big Data Meets the Streets
- Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer, City and County of San Francisco, California
- Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government, Harvard Kennedy School
- With Alexis Madrigal, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
4:30 p.m. PT Click Here to Give Back
- Jase Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Neighborly
4:45 p.m. PT Closing the Digital Divide
- The Honorable Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah
- The Honorable Sly James, Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri
- Erica Swanson, Head of Community Impact Programs, Google Fiber
- With Alexis Madrigal
5:15 p.m. PT Funding Change
- Michael Seibel, Partner, Y Combinator
- With Steve Clemons
5:40 p.m. PT Closing Remarks
- Margaret Low Smith
5:45 p.m. PT Program Conclusion
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