The Boston Area Research Initiative is now accepting proposals for talks for its spring conference, The Smart, Connected Commonwealth: Data-Driven Research and Policy across the Region, to be held on April 26, 2019.

Click here to submit a proposal! Proposals are due by Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. 

Much has been made of how digital data and technology will transform major metropolises such as Boston. But the challenges and opportunities facing society in the 21st century are not isolated to urban cores. They instead operate at a regional scale—inequality and segregation, transportation, the opioid epidemic, housing, climate change, and gentrification, to name a few.

The Smart, Connected Commonwealth: Data-Driven Research and Policy across the Region will explore how researchers and practitioners can move beyond the individual municipality, supporting governments across the region working to solve problems collaboratively. BARI’s 2019 Spring Conference will bring together academics, policy makers, and practitioners to highlight work being conducted throughout Greater Boston as a way to share insights and methods, catalyzing  inter-disciplinary, intercity collaboration in the use of data and technology.

BARI is inviting representatives from the academic, public, private, and non-profit sectors, to submit proposals for talks describing data-driven work occurring throughout Greater Boston. In keeping with our theme of Data-Driven Research and Policy across the Region, BARI is encouraging talks on topics with regional salience, including but not limited to: housing; transportation; public health; climate change; inequality and segregation; public safety and law enforcement; and access to resources, amenities, and services. BARI is also encouraging talks on how data-driven policy and models of cross-sector collaboration can drive multi-city collaboration and address regional challenges.

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