Puerto Rico to host Readiness for Resiliency workshop

Thu, 2018-11-08 09:39 -- SCC Staff

Puerto Rico, winner of a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Humanitarian Grant, will host its Readiness for Resiliency Workshop on December 4 and 5, 2018. This event will be hosted by the Puerto Rico Governor's Office and the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency (COR3), the main group in charge of coordinating reconstruction. It will feature remarks by Puerto Rico Governor, the Honorable Ricardo Rosselló.

Building back stronger
Last year, Puerto Rico suffered its worst hurricane on record, Hurricane Maria, which killed more than 3,000 people and did more than $90 billion in damage. Puerto Rico is committed to “building back smarter” and will use its two-day workshop to learn how to use smart city technologies and practices to improve its disaster and economic resilience.  

As a result of Puerto Rico’s selection as a Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winner and a Qualcomm Readiness for Resiliency grant recipient, the Council will bring global experts in smart city technology together with local stakeholders to ensure the new infrastructure and systems the island will build will be modern, resilient and lead to a more vibrant and competitive economy. 

"This grant is an invaluable opportunity for Puerto Rico to develop a roadmap for implementing smart technologies and solutions as we rebuild," Rosselló said. "These efforts, which are being carried out in collaboration with the Office of the Government of Puerto Rico in Washington, D.C., will create an innovative pathway for a better Puerto Rico."  

Focus areas
The workshop will bring together State and Municipal government officials, community, business, and educational leaders, and global solution providers to share smart city best practices and develop roadmaps for applying smart technologies to projects in the areas of:

  • Distributed, Renewable Energy
  • Smart, Resilient Housing
  • Intelligent Transportation
  • Telecommunications and IT Infrastructure

The goal is to integrate this knowledge into the projects being developed and executed as part of Puerto Rico’s Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan. Key workshop participants will include leaders from the key agencies and communities at the helm of allocating billions of dollars in project funding. They will be joined by academic institutions, community groups, and Smart City Council partners who are global leaders in smart city technologies and processes.