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Hello all,

I am writing to bring to your attention that registration is now open for the GCTC Tech Jam, March 22-23, and IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework Workshop, March 24-25. Both events will take place at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, MD. There is no cost to participate in the events, but registration is required by March 15, 2016.

Please use this link to register for either event:

Scroll down for a number of important updates about the GCTC and the IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework Workshop. We hope you will join us next month.

Announcing a New Grant Program for Local Government Participants in the GCTC

NIST has released a grant program for local governments participating in the Global City Teams Challenge. The new program is called the "Replicable Smart City Technologies" (RSCT) Cooperative Agreement Program. Under the RSCT funding opportunity, three local governments participating in the GCTC will each receive $100,000. The application deadline is May 12, 2016.

For more information about the RSCT program, please use the following link:

Announcements Regarding the GCTC Tech Jam and IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework Events

IES-City Framework Update: The IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework, now shortened to IES-City (pronounced 'yes city') Framework is beginning its work with two workshops - March 24-25, following the GCTC Tech Jam, and April 14-15 in Rome. More details on the Rome workshop will be announced soon. For a discussion of the project, goals, and timetable, please review the information appended to the end of this email and visit the project web site -

Confirmed Speakers from the White House at the GCTC Tech Jam: We are thrilled to announce that Marjory Blumenthal, Executive Director, President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will present at the GCTC Tech Jam.

Call for Panelists: We are organizing a GCTC Tech Jam panel on the investor perspective of smart city and IoT projects. This is an opportunity for GCTC Action Clusters and potential GCTC participants to hear from venture capitalists, accelerators, incubators, and representatives from other funding organizations who see smart city projects as worthwhile investment opportunities. If you are interested in participating on the panel, please contact Kyle Johnson at for more information.

Submit GCTC Action Clusters: Each registered GCTC team will be given a speaking slot at the Tech Jam plenary session. The deadline to submit a worksheet to guarantee a speaking slot is THIS Friday, February 26. If an extension is needed, please let us know as soon as possible. Note that GCTC will continue registering the teams in rolling basis after the deadline, although speaking opportunities for teams registered after Friday may not be available.

NSF & ITA Office Hours at the GCTC Tech Jam: Organizations including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the International Trade Administration (ITA) will hold office hours on the NIST campus during the Tech Jam. Tech Jam attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance from experts. In particular, the NSF office hours will provide a great opportunity for teams with an interest in applying for an EAGER award ( The deadline for this unique funding opportunity is fast approaching -- EAGER grant applications are due April 1, 2016.

New Partner Organization for GCTC: The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is now a partner in the Global City Teams Challenge. ICMA identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and professionals serving communities globally, providing services, research, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world.

IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework

IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework: The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners have launched a new international technical working group that will develop a white paper defining common architectural principles and a vocabulary for smart city technologies. In consultation with city stakeholders, the group will do a comparative analysis of existing architectural efforts and produce a framework document that can be used to bring greater coherence to standardization activities taking place internationally in various standards developing organizations and consortia.

Other international partners supporting the initiative are: ANSI, the American National Standards Institute; ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute; MSIP, the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning; USGBC, the U.S. Green Building Council; FIWARE, an open cloud-based platform for cost-effective creation and delivery of innovative applications and services; and, ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.

The kick-off workshop for the initiative will take place at NIST's Gaithersburg, Maryland campus, on March 24-25, 2016, in conjunction with the NIST Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Tech Jam. The initiative expects to draw on the expertise of GCTC project teams that collaborate on city scale applications, and on the Draft Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), produced by the NIST CPS public working group, which provides a science and engineering foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT).

A second workshop will be held April 14-15, 2016 in Rome, Italy, hosted by ENEA. Both workshops will have similar formats with in-depth presentations from experts engaged in activities in the different geographic regions. Interim results will be considered at subsequent workshops in summer 2016. The hope is to produce an initial draft document by September and to finalize it by June of next year.

Participation in the activity is open to anyone. NIST has set up a collaboration website for the project which includes an email list sign-up and a briefing paper providing more information on the project. An email list has been established for interested parties to join to be informed and discuss the project. Project contact: Dr. Martin J. Burns.

Chris Greer, Director of NIST's Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program, commented that "the growth of the smart cities market is currently hindered by ICT deployments that are customized and not fully interoperable or scalable, as well as by the lack of convergence around architectural design principles and a common language and taxonomy. We want to enable the full spectrum of standards activities to cooperate and harmonize their efforts to enable smart city solutions that meet the needs of modern communities."

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Best Regards,

Sokwoo Rhee
Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program
National Institute of Standards and Technology