Smart Events in Smart Cities

There has been a lot of talk lately about creating smart cities. What exactly is a smart city? No one really knows, but the idea is this: All aspects of a city are online and integrated to make it efficient and easy to navigate.

As an event planner, this is good news. Large events interact with just about every city department. The Bunbury Music Festival – for example – files paperwork with Ohio Division of Liquor Control, Cincinnati Park Board, Cincinnati Police, Cincinnati Fire, and Cincinnati Traffic and Engineering. Third-party vendors interact with Building and Inspections and the Health Department. Post event, we’re paying taxes to the Treasury Department and Finance Department. A lot of time is spent filling out forms capturing the same information. The idea that an online wizard walked you through the process and notified all city departments for approval would be better for all parties.

Let’s not forget how large events impact the host city. You have a lot of out-of-town guests that aren’t familiar their surroundings. They don’t know what public transportation to use, the best route to take, where to park, etc. There is a lot of wasted time and energy and it manifests itself in traffic jams and long lines.

The smart city concept is driving the next version of DiaZam. We see event planners not only using our software to design their layout, but having the software submit information directly to city departments. We also want to integrate helpful features for attendees. For example, the event planner can integrate hotel and parking information into the layout and it will automatically populate the map on the web site and mobile app.

Hopefully cities and event planners can make smart events in smart cities a reality. Pushing paper is dumb. Working together online is smart.