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Global City Teams Challenge SuperClusters and Kickoff Event

October 4th, 2016 / in Announcements / by Khari Douglas

Global Teams Challenge logoThe Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), a collaborative platform uniting local governments, nonprofits, academia, and industry working on Internet of Things (IoT) applications within a smart city, has announced the next phase of GCTC collaboration, the GCTC SuperClusters!

The GCTC, convened by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite, consists of project teams or “Action Clusters” working towards Smart City IoT innovations. The SuperClusters will combine multiple, existing GCTC Action Clusters into singular teams to pursue common objectives. The SuperClusters will likely be based around the areas of:

  • Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, and Resilience
  • Energy, Utilities, Water, and Microgrids
  • Environment and Healthcare
  • Municipal Dashboards
  • Transportation

To begin this exciting new phase, there will be a GCTC SuperCluster Kickoff Event October 25-26 at the Washington Grand Hyatt.

The two-day event will start with a half-day plenary session followed by one-and-a-half days of working sessions. The working sessions will include presentations from GCTC teams and cities with an interest in leading the formation of SuperClusters and moderated discussions related to sector-specific SuperCluster meetings that are planned for the first three months of 2017.

If you would like to attend the kickoff event, please register here.

Limited travel support is available for local government official. Contact Bill Maguire ( at US Ignite or Sookwoo Rhee ( at NIST for more details.

Smart cities and IoT has been an important topic for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), including a Computing in Physical World Task Force that has produced two white papers – one on IoT Challenges and one on Smart Communities – a communities panel at the Computing Research Symposium, and the upcoming second workshop in the Cyber-Social Learning Systems (CSLS) series which will have a major focus on communities.

Global City Teams Challenge SuperClusters and Kickoff Event