Ice Miller Partner Kip Tew Serves as Judge at Smart Cities Council Conference in Washington, D.C.

October 13, 2017 by Kipper V. Tew, Partner
Ice Miller Partner Kip Tew Serves as Judge at Smart Cities Council Conference in Washington, D.C.

Last week, Ice Miller partner Kip Tew was fortunate to be a judge in the Innovation Alley of the Smart Cities Council Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Eight entities pitched their ideas before four judges. The criteria for evaluation included innovation of course, but also considered ideas that would strengthen community infrastructure, improve the quality of life, were helpful in providing transparency (of information, decision making and policy) and promoted economic opportunity. While all ideas met the criteria, some were more closely aligned than others. LimeBike, in particular, stood out as an idea that fits the bill. LimeBike is a bike sharing company that has designed its bikes to not require a hub. No longer will patrons need to search for a particular place in a city, but rather they can just park the bikes as they might their own personal bikes. This idea has been deployed in several cities already and is a critical link between public transportation and the last half mile for many people.

The ability to pair smart city infrastructure with innovation is going to transform our urban centers. Each decade the number of people moving into cities worldwide is increasing at an astonishing rate. In order for government and people who populate our cities to function, we all need to get more efficient and “smarter” in how we provide governmental services and essential commodities such as water, electricity and technology. 

It is an exciting time to be part of this movement, but we all need to work together to ensure these advances move forward in a way that enhances our quality of life, makes government more efficient and protects our rights.

That is, of course, where the law comes in, and we at Ice Miller are thinking hard about that and look forward to helping both government and the private sector work together to solve these issues. Learn how to build a smarter city with Ice Miller here.

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Kip concentrates his practice on public affairs and municipal law, including smart cities and IoT, gaming, alcohol, utilities, and campaign finance. 

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances.


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