Focus on Innovation: Govtech and Metrolabs

Innovation of the Month

Do you know of an interesting project that involves local government and university partners? Fill out our nomination form to help inform our selection process for our Innovation of the Month Award by nominating a team (or yourself) for the honor.

Kansas City Takes Data-Driven Approach to Addressing Blight

MetroLab Network has partnered with Government Technology to bring its readers a segment called the MetroLab Innovation of the Month Series, which highlights impactful tech, data, and innovation projects underway between cities and universities. If you’d like to learn more or contact the project leads, please contact MetroLab at for more information.


GCTC Tech Jam – 2019

GCTC Global Tech Jam 2019 | BroadbandUSA

Register here.The Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) Global Tech Jam brings together research institutions, private sector companies, grass roots organizations, and public entities to explore deployment of data-driven decisions and to benefit communities. This international consortium will discuss deploying emerging technologies to improve infrastructure and create conditions


NIST GCTC Expo Registration Available

We’re on track in the Data Supercluster for an exciting Expo event. Check out the details at the NIST GCTC Expo web site and sign up. Its free to attend, but you must register.

Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge Expo

In 2019, Global City Teams Challenge brings you the Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (GCTC-SC3) Expo, co-hosted by NIST and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T).

Action Cluster Smart City Challenge: Mitigating Food Waste

In America, 40% of food is wasted. This is an astounding number. The Data Supercluster is examining how today’s waste stream management build environment might share data relevant to food waste. Is enough data available but hidden today? Can inferences from grocery and restaurant purchases drive data models that support food waste metrology?

A call for an Action Cluster to investigate methods to measure food waste, take action to mitigate food waste and measure results will be announced soon. To create your own Action Cluster in the Data Supercluster, use the NIST GCTC Action Cluster worksheet/application form.

Acton Clusters will have an opportunity to present periodically to the broader membership of the GCTC, Community Leaders and other stakeholders. EPA Information on Food Waste

WASTED! The Story of Food Waste [Official Trailer]

WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the the eyes of chef-heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

Data SuperCluster (DSC) Overview

The NIST GCTC Data Supercluster group is working to advance the use of urban data by developing and sharing best practices and produce blueprints for the design, deployment and governance of urban data platforms and data exchanges and governance and , as well as deployed proofs by facilitating sharing collaboration among membership teams and stakeholders further practical application of civic data.

The Data Supercluster addresses critical issues on data platforms. Stakeholders have identified licensing, cyber-security, encouraging innovation, understanding use-cases and proofs of concepts as importantpriority areas of study and sharing. This build off of a In 2017 NISt convening with, the cities of Kansas City, Missouri and Bellevue, Washington teamed withand 20 other cities and several corporate partners to focusdiscuss on Data urban data, data visualization and data hosting platforms.

In early 2018, these efforts efforts of that area, and a new were formalized into a new Data Governance and Exchange Superclustereffort were merged. The scope of the Data Supercluster recently has expanded to embraced work being done at the University of Southern California, City of Coral Gables among others.

The SuperCluster is currently documenting the common experiences among Action Clusters that span Transportation, Public Safety, Utility, Wireless, Ag and Rural, and Education through this website, the Data Supercluster Google Group, face to face and online meetings.

The Data supercluster is open to all stakeholders in GCTC Smart City projects. Innovation using Open Data and networking often experience friction in deployment and operation.

Please send your request to join atin the Google Group DSC Supercluster

Smart City Expo: Barcelona Nov 13-15 2018

Smart.City_Lab | Smart City Expo World Congress

Inside this unusual space problems are observed from different perspectives, solutions are tested through a multifaceted approach, experiences are exchanged, knowledge is created. Thoughts will move. Ideas will collide. Connections will be established. Through the work performed inside the Smart.City_Lab, a dedicated space located in the Congress Area, new approaches will emerge.

NIST: GCTC Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (GCTC-SC3)

From NIST GCTC About page:
Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) involve connecting smart devices and systems—in diverse sectors such as transportation, energy, manufacturing, and healthcare—in fundamentally new ways. These technologies will enable cities and communities to improve services, promote economic growth, and enhance the quality of life.

Because many of today’s smart city/community development efforts are isolated and customized projects, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) to encourage collaboration and the development of standards. GCTC’s long-term goal is “to establish and demonstrate replicable, scalable, and sustainable models for incubation and deployment of interoperable, standard-based solutions using advanced technologies such as IoT and CPS, and demonstrate their measurable benefits in communities and cities.”

To put it simply, this program will help communities benefit from the experience of others to improve efficiency and lower costs. In its 2018 round, NIST and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) will co-host the GCTC-SC3 program and will encourage participating teams to have additional focus on cybersecurity and privacy as the first order concern, as well as all existing GCTC goals such as replicability, scalability and sustainability. NIST, along with its partners, acts as a matchmaker and incubator —facilitating, advising, encouraging, nurturing, and publicizing the action clusters and their projects.

Since the programs launched in September 2014, GCTC has recruited and incubated over 200 action clusters with participation from over 150 cities and 400 companies/organizations from around the world.


About GCTC

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About NIST GCTC Data SuperCluster



We’ve entered for fourth industrial revolution. A new system is evolving that must be fairer, maximizing human well being primarily. It is not focused on expanding consumption, rather this period of transition focuses on relationships among one another, with nature, work and our lives.

The Data Supercluster focuses on use-cases that support a different economic model. One that fits today’s rapidly evolving sets of shared efficiencies such as crowd-sourced data and shared experience and intelligence.

This evolutionary model redefines work, capital flows in ways that make it possible where the resources of the planet are sustainable, more fairly accessed, and meets the needs of every human on the planet. A new system embraces disruptive ideas, innovation and finds ways to encourage a just and fair value exchange.

NIST Global Cities Team Challenge Data Supercluster

Data is at the heart of understanding the natural and built environment. Accurate data from existing sensors, systems, and new technology IoT sensors can help quantify opportunities for change that shape the fourth industrial revolution to fit a citizen / human-centric world. Powerful edge computing, high resolution, inexpensive resource measuring systems, for air, water, land quality, usage is here now.

Use cases go beyond simple energy efficiency models, to mitigating natural disasters, identifying risk areas and building for an ever-changing climate, and resource inflow model.

Data SuperCluster aims to address these forth industrial revolution changes, including the ongoing trend toward urbanization and the loss of human resources in rural areas.  Data measurements also confirm or disprove rapid development of infrastructure is sustainable and in harmony with the natural and built environment.

In order to address a new paradigm in the global economy, one that is fairer and both ecologically and economically sustainable, the DSC has taken on the challenge of facilitating greater sharing of knowledge and ideas among its 106 members and other stakeholders, through online facilities, face to face meetings and ongoing research that benefits all stakeholders in an open context.

Blueprint and Outline

On the right side of this website, you’ll find categories suggested by members of NIST GCTC Data Supercluster. Selecting a category of interest will sort through the materials here and present a time-ordered view of contributed documents, reference articles, presentations, and discussions.

The upcoming DSC blueprint is a snapshot of Action Cluster work, reference materials, and general proven methods and approaches that Smart City stakeholders and other community leaders can use freely.


Our leadership team is open to stakeholders in addressing Smart Communities and fourth industrial revolution driven opportunities. Dr. Sokwoo Rhee oversees the Global Cities Team Challange at the NIST and provides guidance. Bob Bennet from Kansas City MO, Jason Whittet from 100 Resilient Cities/Rockefeller Foundation and Alex Huppenthal, Aspenworks, Ltd are co-chairs helping to organize a facilitate the work being done. Contributions are ongoing, please see individual articles for acknowledgments and credits.