Over 1,200 athletes, and 80 coaches spread across 6 continents joined the ShapingEDU Winter Games early January to drive conversations and plans to shape the future of living and learning.
Dominic Papa, Arizona Commerce Authority’s vice president for the Smart State Initiative, said the motto for the Games early on was “collaboration is our next competitive advantage.”
Events ranged from discussing the future of sports and entertainment to a “Heart of Inclusion fireside chat.” Many discussions centered around improving aspects of life in the present and future.
“When I talk about smart cities and smart regions, I actually never talk about the technology,” said Professor Di Bowman, associate dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and co-director for ASU’s Center for Smart Cities and Regions. “It’s about improving their quality of life, however defined. Humanity is central to the work that we’re doing.”
“We were tremendously excited for the opportunity to collaborate with ASU’s University Technology Office to produce this ever-important global event for the smart cities community,” said Papa. “We are both dedicated to making the world a better place and getting the message out about the work that needs to be done.”
To learn more about the ShapingEDU Winter Games and the planning process for the three day, digitally immersive event, check out the ASU Now Article “Education and smart-region changemakers win gold at first-ever ShapingEDU Winter Games.”