Lauren Marinaro

Lauren is Director of Smart Cities at an accelerator for IoT startups. She communicates a vision of how innovation shapes society, impacts humanity, and builds thriving communities and smarter cities. For Lauren, smart cities start with citizen engagement. By empowering citizens through technology to lead more sustainable, safe, and empathetic lives, we can ease the transition into a world run by robots. She builds Hackathons that bring local developers together with corporations and civic leaders to create solutions for smart cities and is the Director for the new IoT for Cities channel on ReadWrite, interviewing Chief Innovation Officers for cities around the world.

Latest Posts From Lauren Marinaro

San Francisco proves that city-startup collaboration can work

It’s tough for startups – with shorter capital runways and track records – to work with the long sales cycles, aging systems and bureaucratic requirements of cities. And governments often find themselves frustrated, working with legacy systems that need the support of new technology to keep up with the increases in urbanization and use of […]

Building smart cities starts with smart people

City, enterprise, and startup thought leaders are in the midst of designing the cities of tomorrow, but how do we decide what makes a smart city actually smart? Perhaps the place to start is not with the latest smart tech, but rather the smart people that understand key problems cities are facing and how connected […]

Here are US Ignite’s first 15 smart communities

At the Smart Cities Innovation Summit this month in Austin, public-benefit dev firm US Ignite called out the 15 communities participating in their Smart Gigabit Cities Program — designed to build public services that could be shared with other cities in the program. The 15 communities include: Austin, TX; Cleveland, OH; Burlington, VT; Chattanooga, TN; Flint, MI; […]

Why Columbus won the DOT Smart Cities Challenge

Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, is rumored to have won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Smart City Challenge, receiving $40 million from the DOT, and $10M from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. — along with another $90 million pledged by private sector partners to change the mobility landscape of the city. “This funding is a […]

How San Francisco plans to win the DOT Smart Cities Challenge

The Smart Cities thing is getting big. How big? Big enough for the Federal government to take notice and even set aside $40 million in grant dollars to support one city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network. It’s the Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities […]