Visible to the public CES in Vegas, NSF and PSCR funding, DGSC webinar and Feb kickoffConflict Detection Enabled

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Dear Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) community,

First, don't forget to register for upcoming 2018 Kickoff conference in Feb - more details at the end of this email, including limited travel support for city/community officials.

We have a few exciting updates.

GCTC-SC3 to collaborate with CES Smart Cities in Las Vegas

CES 2018 has a new Smart Cities exhibit and conference program in Las Vegas on January 9-12.
GCTC-SC3 will be speaking on the Cyber and Privacy in Connected Urban Ecosystems session at 2:45-3:30 PM January 10 at the Westgate , Level 1 , Pavilion 9. If you are planning to attend CES 2018, please stop by the session and the Smart Cities exhibit floor to see GCTC members including City of Las Vegas and OpenDataSoft.
Cyber risk poses perhaps the greatest threat to the future of mobility, and data governance, privacy, and protection will be of paramount as individuals and organizations move to make it reality. We will join a panel of speakers to share ideas on cyber risks and making the future of mobility secure, vigilant, and resilient. For more information on the CES Smart Cities program, visit Smart Cities Track.

Data Governance & Exchange SuperCluster (DGSC) will host a webinar on December 14, 2017 (Thursday) at 12-1pm US Eastern Time.

The importance of data governance is becoming more obvious as communities and private sector entities increase collaboration based on data exchange. The DGSC will host its first webinar on December 14th at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Will cover overview, objectives, process, and examples of relevant activities to DGSC, and key outputs of GCTC SuperClusters

Presenters will likely include (tentative list):

Alex Huppenthal, Aspenworks, Ltd.
Jason Whittet, AT&T
Andrew Therriault - CDO, City of Boston
Bob Bennett- CIO, Kansas City
Frank Loge, UC Davis/City Innovate Foundation
Marcel. van der Steen, CBS, Netherlands
Sonya Hand, Skayl
David Ihrie, Center for Innovative Technology
Amen Ra Mashariki, ESRI, former CDO NYC
Oliver Wise, Director of Performance, City of New Orleans.
Mark Dowd, former OMB and DOT

Login: :; To call into the webinar, +1 (224) 501-3212 and passcode: 494103221#.
For future updates, join the DGSC google group at!forum/gctc-data-governance-and-exchange-supercluster/join

New Funding Solicitation for Smart & Connected Communities from National Science Foundation (NSF)

A new solicitation for research grants from NSF has been announced. The goal of this solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and
connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and
overall quality of life. Awards may be requested for total budgets ranging from $750,000 to $3,000,000 for periods of up to four years. Estimated number of awards is between 7 and 15 with the anticipated total funding amount of $19,250,000. For more information, visit

Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program User Interface Opportunity from NIST's Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR)

PSCR is excited to announce the Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - User Interface (PSIAP-UI) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This new funding opportunity will accelerate research, development, production, and testing of user interface technologies and capabilities through the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). PSCR anticipates up to $5 million in new awards for PSIAP-UI projects that will enhance traditional AR/VR systems, produce more modular capabilities, and user interfaces that are adaptable to various scenarios. For more information, visit

Reminder of the 2018 kickoff conference for the GCTC - Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3).

When: Feb 6-7, 2018
Where: FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington DC. (1825 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA)
Free registration is open at
The GCTC-SC3 conference will be immediately followed by IES-City Framework Release Workshop on Feb 8. GCTC community members may choose to stay one more day and join the IES-City Workshop as well. The agenda of GCTC-SC3 kickoff conference will be made available in a few weeks.
Limited travel support is available for city/community officials. Priorities will be given to the municipal members of 2017 action clusters and 2018 action clusters formed before the kickoff. Contact Sokwoo ( for more details.

The goal of kickoff conference is to encourage smart community/city and Internet of Things (IoT) stakeholders to build teams to address shared issues in various sectors such as transportation, public safety, utility, wireless, city data, agriculture & rural, and data governance/exchange. 2018 round will encourage participating teams to have additional focus on cybersecurity and privacy as the first order concern, as well as all existing GCTC goals such as replicability, scalability and sustainability.

If you don't have an action cluster yet, but already working on smart solutions that can be replicated and scaled in cities and communities, please visit GCTC-SC3 Participation Guide to submit a worksheet and create a new action cluster.
If you are an existing action cluster, you don't need to submit a full worksheet, but still need to submit the answers to the new question on cybersecurity and privacy in the worksheet.

If you want to explore the possibilities to join, we will provide a partnership building opportunity led by professional facilitators. Feel free to attend.

Anyone interested in IoT and smart cities/communities can attend.

Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested in learning more about 2018 GCTC-SC3. Thank you all.

Sokwoo & Scott

Sokwoo Rhee, Ph.D.
Associate Director | Cyber-Physical Systems Innovation
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Scott Tousley
Deputy Director | Cyber Security Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate

Join us at GCTC-SC3 Kickoff on Feb 6-8 in DC: