In partnership with the Institute for People and Technology and located in Tech Square's Centergy Building, Georgia Tech’s initiative on Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation develops innovative approaches to shaping resilient and sustainable communities. Through research and development, strategic partnerships, and cutting-edge programming we bring Georgia Tech's interdisciplinary expertise in technology and policy to the development of smart cities and communities.

We use a smart cities ecosystem approach that spans multiple technology domains—such as information and communication technologies (ICTs), intelligent infrastructure, smart energy systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT) and incorporates policy expertise — on open data policies, public-private partnerships, and city-university collaborations—to present innovative solutions to challenges—such as the urban-rural digital divide, advanced mobility, civic engagement, and resilience. Through this interdisciplinary research and engagement, Georgia Tech seeks to shape sustainable cities, communities, and regions locally, nationally, and globally.


Although a smart city is a complex system of systems, three parts are key—visions, components, and functions:

Components include the variety of hardware, software, and data that undergird the smart city. These inputs include wireless connectivity, data storage facilities, and connected and sensing devices; citizen-facing apps and public portals; and information collected from and about urban activities by public and private entities, as well as a host of legacy data made available to new systems.

Functions include the many administrative, legal, financial, regulatory, and civic arenas tasked with garnering new insights, maintaining the healthy function of a municipality and government, and advancing issue-oriented agendas. These processes include revenue generation, procurement procedures, citizen engagement, and administrative and bureaucratic practices, amongst many others.

Vision includes the many goals that overlay smart city efforts, which range from transparency and efficiency to sustainability and resilience.