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    Presented by Gogo Air

    Can a City Work Like a Startup?

    Imagine what would happen if we put our cities in the hands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

    Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 12:00 - 1:15 PM @ Morningstar
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    Can A City Work Like a Startup?
    Phyllis Lockett
    CEO, Leap Innovations
    David Zipper
    Partner, 1776 Seed Fund; Fellow, German Marshall Fund
    Stephanie Wade
    Senior Program Manager & Designer, Innovation Teams, Bloomberg Philanthropies
    Sonny Garg
    Energy Solutions Lead, Uptake
    CONVERSATION - Conversations are panel discussions that provide an in-depth, up-to-the-minute look at a single topic. Featuring three to four thought leaders and an expert moderator, Conversations consist of a 60-minute discussion, followed by 15 minutes of audience q-and-a.

    Historically, city governments have worked in very specific, regimented ways. But what happens when they invite entrepreneurs and tech companies into the mix? In this Conversation, we’ll explore how cities can work alongside innovators in order to change how they operate. Here we’ll look at what can happen when governments open themselves up and allow new ideas to become part of their processes.

    Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 12:00 - 1:15 PM
    22 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
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