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Michael Barnett
Smart City Coordinator at City of Wichita


Michael Barnett is the Smart City Coordinator for the City of Wichita. There he drives digital transformation across the City under the direction of City Leadership. Michael is responsible for Smart City and Connected Community initiatives and projects within the City. Many large cities across the world are focused on Smart City initiatives but within Wichita, Michael’s team has adopted a Street Smart approach. This approach deploys solutions with maximum impact to residents without creating an innovation district of digital have and have-nots while respecting citizens’ concerns for privacy and inclusion. In addition to serving as the Smart City Coordinator, Michael is the Chair of the Wichita Innovative Living Lab: a thought leadership, change initiation, innovative and future technology implementation and use, and Smart City lab. This lab is focused on building business efficiencies and closing the digital divide within our community and bringing meaningful technology to our residents and complementing our greater Smart City program.

Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Environment Studies from the University of Washington and Master’s in Science from University of Southern California studying real time data analytics and modelling natural environments.

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