Solving Big Problems


Technology impacts every person on this planet and will continue to impact how city leader’s best serve residents, visitors, and businesses. We realize though, that in order to go bigger, faster, and safer that we cannot do it alone. We will need a collective and global strategy.

At the heart of data, technology, and innovation are Chief Information Officers (CIO) and Chief Technology Officers (CTO) that have identified the need for a collective and governing body to bring together CIOs from major cities to share data and use technology to transform cities. In September 2016, the Council of Global City CIOs (CGCC) was formed and will be working to build a common framework, focused on three primary initiatives:

  • Developing a Smart Cities model
  • Bringing broadband connectivity to everyone, and
  • Accelerating the digitization of government through open source code-sharing

CGCC will be co-led by San Francisco Chief Information Officer Miguel A. Gamiño, Jr and Washington, DC Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli. Additional founding members of CGCC are New York City CIO Anne Roest, The Hague CIO Marijn Fraanje, Boston CIO Jascha Frankin-Hodge, Seattle CTO Michael Mattmiller, Chicago CIO Brenna Berman, Atlanta CIO Samir Saini, Austin CIO Stephen Elkins, and Dubai CIO Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr.

On September 12, 2016 Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee published a joint Medium post to announce this council. Washington, DC held the first planning meeting and the first convening of this Council in September 2016. San Francisco will host a summit in the fall of 2017.

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