open meeting 03 - announcement

open meeting 03 – announcement

Announcing – “The City Is A Platform” a discussion led by John Tolva on
Wednesday March 26th at 6pm at the office of Thornton Tomasetti.
(330 N Wabash Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60611)

//about the event
John Tolva will be giving a presentation on the data-driven design tools that he has been developing both “for the City and for the city” to push the design of these complex systems and redefine “smart cities”.

//about the Key Speaker

John Tolva is the president of PositivEnergy Practice, an urban systems engineering firm based on data-driven decision-making for sustainable new building design, retrofits, and urban master planning.

John’s career has focused on developing and applying technology to improve the urban environment. From 2011 to 2013 he was Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago, leveraging technology to streamline public services through more efficient data-sharing, digital communications, and next-generation infrastructure. He led the development of ‘The City of Chicago Technology Plan’, an initiative that sets forth a series of public-private strategies to accelerate economic growth, build educated and digitally-engaged communities and workforce, improve government services, and reduce costs through technology.

In 2012, the White House recognized John as a ‘Champion of Change’ as part of a group of creative individuals engaged in building stronger communities through innovative approaches to problem-solving.

Prior to joining the City, he was Director of Citizenship and Technology at IBM Corp, where he worked on the firm’s ‘smarter cities’ initiative, advising cities how to incorporate data analytics into planning and operations. John led the City Forward project, the first global aggregator and visualizer of urban data sets. In 2006 he was honored as one of ’40 Under 40’ in the business community by Crain’s Chicago Business.

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