The Beyond Smart Symposium will bring scholars working smart cities together for two days to reflect on the challenges and successes of city-wide research smart city deployments and projects. Bringing scholars together from the US and Europe, we look toward defining the next set of challenges and research opportunities as we move beyond the smart city. Some of the questions we will consider are what comes after 'smart' in the assessment of technology deployments and analytics capabilities? How do we assess equity and inclusion in the smart city? What can smaller or less dense regions learn as they move toward implementing a smart agenda?
Our goal with this symposium is two-fold. The first outcome is to establish a framework for the next 5 years of research and scholarship and a network of researchers to move that agenda forward. The second goal is to initiate a special issue or edited volume that lays out the present and future of smart city research. This would include empirical case studies, theoretical developments, and cross-disciplinary collaborations that inform what, how, and where the next five years of research needs to focus.