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Gaithersburg, Maryland - To encourage collaboration on smart city issues from disaster response to energy management to mass transit improvement, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will bring together communities with challenges and innovators with the technology to overcome them.

The goal of the challenge is to help communities and businesses connect to improve resource management and quality of life by using effective networking of computer systems and physical devices, often called the Internet of Things (IoT) or cyber physical systems. NIST is inviting representatives from both industry and local governments to join an initial teambuilding workshop November 12-13, 2015, at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Md., campus.

To support the challenge, NIST has teamed with US Ignite, a nonprofit focused on the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit. Partners in the challenge will include the National Science Foundation; the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of State; the private sector’s IBM and AT&T; nonprofits WeGO, FIWARE and the Industrial Internet Consortium; and the governments of Netherlands and South Korea. Other participating members include Intel, Qualcomm, Bosch, Siemens, CH2HL, Mathworks, Pecan Street, Inc., Yet Analytics, MIT, Vanderbilt, UT Dallas, University of North Texas, and Ohio State University.


Draft Agenda (subject to change) Updated 10/29

Security Instructions:

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

Effective July 21, 2014, under the REAL ID Act of 2005, federal agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. Driver’s licenses from the following states and territories are not compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005 and will not be accepted as identification. For more information, please visit this page >>

All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. When registration is open, the required NIST-1260 form will be available as well.