‘Georgia Smart’ challenge aims to empower communities with technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology launched a new initiative Monday that connects local governments with industry partners and university research labs. The initiative is called the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge (Georgia Smart) and is led by the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

Georgia Tech says that the challenge is the first of its kind in the U.S. and aims to foster public sector awareness and adoption of advanced technologies by supporting local governments across Georgia. Winning local governments will receive seed funding and access to a network of experts offering technical assistance and advice for communities seeking to implement smart technologies.