Members of the advisory council — which will help guide the organization and the partnerships it creates between universities and cities — represent industry, academia and local government.
The organization — formed to leverage more smart city technology and harness the potential of Internet of Things research being done in universities nationwide with the communities in which they are located — has been praised as a means of adding funding and connecting experts to help accelerate such efforts. Case in point: In September, the White House and several other federal agencies agreed to allocate $160 million to the development of these city/university partnerships.
The council will be chaired by Martin O’Malley, who also serves as senior fellow of the network, and was the 61st governor of Maryland and 47th mayor of Baltimore.
“Partnerships across sectors will drive urban innovation. We are thrilled to have leaders from government, academia, industry and nonprofit helping guide our activity at MetroLab," O’Malley said in a press release (PDF). “Our city and university members will be well served by their experiences, activities and insights.”
The MetroLab Network now includes nearly 40 partnerships between local governments, which dedicate their infrastructure as testing facilities, and their university partners, which act as the research and development arms of the program.
The Advisory Council members — who will help to facilitate the sharing of information and the scaling of technology of the separate projects in the network, and share expertise from their career in academia, private industry and local government — include: