Today’s cities are more technology driven than ever, yet their digital transformation is only just beginning. By 2050, over 70% of us will live in cities that must do more for their citizens than ever before. But are our cities ready? Today, civic institutions face challenges such as aging infrastructure, inadequate transportation, and inefficient bureaucratic processes. Cities must rethink how they operate and deliver services by turning to digital tools, data, and intelligent connected systems. Our cities must grow smarter—and provide citizens and businesses with what they need to grow and thrive. In this episode, Jonathan Reichental, noted city CIO, technologist, and smart city expert brings his latest ideas and insight into the digital transformation of our civic spaces and lives.

Dr. Jonathan Reichental is currently the CIO of the City of Palo Alto. He was recently named one of the 20 most influential Chief Information Officers in the United States. Jonathan is a highly experienced IT leader with over 25 years of success in driving and achieving organizational goals in both the private and public sectors. He is a multiple award-winning senior executive currently focusing on modernizing the existing technology environment, implementing enhancements to the city-wide SAP implementation, as well as pushing the boundaries of innovation in local government such as open data and broader civic participation through mobile devices and smarter cities He is a popular writer, including recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook and he is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics.