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Smart America Summit

Stay tuned. June 2014

The SmartAmerica Challenge is bringing together organizations with Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) technology, programs, and test beds to demonstrate the potential to improve safety, sustainability, efficiency, mobility, and overall quality of life. Cyber-Physical Systems-- what some have called an Internet of Things-- involves connecting devices and systems in diverse sectors like transportation, energy, manufacturing, and healthcare in fundamentally new ways. The SmartAmerica Challenge aims to accelerate advances in the field by providing a venue for innovators to present concepts for interconnected CPS technology, programs, and test beds to demonstrate the potential of improving the economy, fueling job creation, creating new business opportunities, and saving lives.

During the SmartAmerica Challenge Kick-off Workshop held on December 12, 2013, more than sixty five participants from many different sectors formed teams, identified a variety of test bed collaboration scenarios, and laid out preliminary approaches to move them forward. 

To build on the success of that meeting, the Presidential Innovation Fellows held a follow-on meeting on February 11, 2014 at the NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland campus. At the February 11 Tech Jam over 150 participants heard presentations on 18 (of the 20) current projects. Some of the project briefings included: technology that will provide improved healthcare from the home to the hospital and back to the home; a system that will provide peace of mind and safety for the elderly living on their own; automobile systems that will provide a safer driving environment; and a system that will be put in to improve driving and decrease energy usage. Currently more than 100 organizations from industry, academia, and government are participating in the Challenge. 

The Presidential Innovation Fellows are planning SmartAmerica Challenge Summit in June 2014. In this culminating event, attendees will be able to interact with the teams, watch the demonstrations, and participate in the discussions on how these interconnected smart systems can provide tangible benefits to our everyday life.

More information about the SmartAmerica Challenge can be found at and on the Challenge wiki at

Timeline of SmartAmerica Challenge

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Example Architecture
Project Timelines
SmartAmerica Overview (pdf)
December 2013 Workshop
February 2013 Tech Jam

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Geoff Mulligan
Presidential Innovation Fellow

Sokwoo Rhee
Presidential Innovation Fellow

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