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Thursday, May 19 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Future Cities

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Our future cities combine information technology with buildings and urban infrastructure. Exciting collaborations between architects, planners, and technologists are transforming the ecosystems of city living: Tomorrowland is being built today. This town-hall discussion will explore the pressing issues facing civic leaders, private developers and city-residents as they try to imagine their shared spaces 10, 20, 50 years into the future. How can we harness the creativity and energy of cities in new ways that boldly develop innovation economies alongside more equitable and sustainable communities? How do we balance safety and privacy, the workplace and open green space, overcrowding and happy collisions? Who has access to connectivity, and how can new networks be used to generate “people power” and foster civic engagement?

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Greta Byrum

Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and distribute communications systems. She designs and tests community technology projects intended to build digital justice, support local communications preparedness, and train people from different backgrounds to become designers, not just consumers of technology and media. Greta's collaborative projects in New York, Detroit, and the Silicon Valley Region demonstrate... Read More →
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Bob Geolas

As President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, Robert T. “Bob” Geolas works daily to create a stronger Research Triangle Park for the benefit of people across all of North Carolina. He is leading the first redevelopment effort in RTP’s 50 year history, and is working towards re-inventing the Park to meet demands of the 21st Century. | Bob also coordinates initiatives to ensure that the Park... Read More →
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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the host of Marketplace Tech and the digital-only podcast Codebreaker. He joined Marketplace in 2012 and officially became the host of Marketplace Tech in early 2014. In 2010, he began to work as a freelance web producer at The Takeaway, a national radio show produced out of New York’s WNYC Radio in partnership with WGBH, The New York Times and the BBC. Ben went on to be a freelance radio producer at WNYC... Read More →
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Wanona Satcher

Wanona Satcher is the CEO/Founder of ReJuve and Neighborhood Development  | Specialist for the City of Durham, North Carolina. Over the course of her career she’s  | served as an urban designer, landscape architect designer, city planner and economic  | developer. Wanona combines landscape architecture, resiliency planning, systems  | design, community engagement, and innovative economic models to facilitate... Read More →

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