BNIM Urban Planner Josh Boehm presents at SxSW Eco

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SxSW Eco Presentation: Josh Boehm (2013 UP+D Alumnus, and Trustee’s Scholar) 

Josh’s presentation at SxSW Eco will illustrate some of the emerging innovations of Kansas City’s Smart + Connected City initiative. Kansas City’s Smart City infrastructure will accompany the City’s nearly complete 2.2-mile downtown streetcar route, and will be the largest network in North America. While built by a public-private partnership between the City, Cisco, and Sprint, the Smart City project is built on a foundation of openness, with opportunities for other collaborators to find entrepreneurial uses of Smart City data.

BNIM’s entrepreneurial focus is on ways to build and retrofit living environments that are good for people and the environment. With new Smart city infrastructure in its backyard, BNIM has a unique opportunity to study the health of the urban environment – from the volume and quality of water runoff from excessive surface parking lots, to the quality of the air near interstate freeways, to pedestrian and cyclist activity around streetcar stations, and planned bike lanes.

Now in its fifth year, SxSW Eco is an international forum for debate and discovery that brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about advancing solutions that achieve Triple Bottom line results — driving economic, environmental, and social change.

Eco-Innovation District: Smart City + Sustainability
Tuesday, October 6
Austin Convention Center 8BC

excerpt from BNIM log post September 2015