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July 28, 2020 - July 30, 2020

Urban Futures – Summer Workshop

9:00 AM–2:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time ‎(UTC-7)‎

Location: Virtual/Online

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Related projects and initiatives:
Urban Innovation Initiative
Project Eclipse

This was an invite-only event.

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The Microsoft Urban Futures Summer Workshop (opens in new tab) (July 28–30, 2020) was three intensive days of talks, discussion and planning for data driven urban transformation. With over 100 attendees, we built a research driven coalition of civic, academic and research leaders to envision what services could be built on top of data sets for improving the future of cities. Together we produced a series of white papers (opens in new tab) that present research and action plans for cities, academia, and industry, to conduct real world research and deployments.

Two hours each morning were devoted to research and technology talks (opens in new tab) from stakeholders representing Microsoft Research, top academic institutions, and civic leaders. The second half of each day was devoted to working groups writing the white papers focused on topics relevant to the future of cities, people, and the environment.


Program Committee members

Scott Counts (opens in new tab), Microsoft Research
Gavin Jancke (opens in new tab), Microsoft Research
Paul Johns (opens in new tab), Microsoft Research
Kristin Lauter (opens in new tab), Microsoft Research
Michael Mattmiller (opens in new tab), Microsoft
Asta Roseway (opens in new tab), Microsoft Research
Kenji Takeda (opens in new tab), Microsoft Research
Roy Zimmermann (opens in new tab), Microsoft Research

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