ABOUT METROLAB NETWORK

MetroLab Network is a collaborative of 44 cities, 6 counties, and 60 universities focused on civic innovation.

Data and technology are poised to transform cities. We believe that partnerships between local governments and universities are critical to effectuate that transformation. We believe that national and international collaboration will streamline civic innovation.

MetroLab was launched as part of the White House Smart Cities Initiative in 2015.

OUR WORK

Building Partnerships

 

MetroLab Network’s city-university partnerships are mutually-beneficial relationships in which the university is the city’s R&D department and the city is the test-bed. Faculty and students get access to real-life laboratories to test approaches that are aimed to address city priorities and challenges. Cities, and their residents, benefit from the university’s technical expertise and creativity in addressing those challenges.

Multidisciplinary Research

 

Community-focused science doesn’t sit in a single academic discipline or city function. MetroLab has convened an emerging, cross-disciplinary practice of academics and local government policymakers who seek to advance policy and community priorities. MetroLab membership includes those at the leading edge of this new practice and MetroLab helps promote and scale their work.

Expanding the “Smart City”

 

In 2017, MetroLab launched its Data Science and Human Services Lab, an effort to bring together academics, city and county practitioners, and non-profit leaders to consider the issues at the intersection of technology, analytics, and human services deployment. We’ve cultivated this community and have developed a series of reports designed to frame new, complex data science topics for a public sector and practitioner audience.

Curation & Communication

 

MetroLab leverages its platform to highlight impactful tech, data, and innovation projects underway between local governments and universities. Our Innovation of the Month partnership with GovTech Magazine has helped gain visibility for emerging projects looking for additional funding and deployment partners.

OUR INITIATIVES

Civic Innovation Challenge

With support from the National Science Foundation, MetroLab Network and Smart Cities Lab are designing a research and action competition in the smart and connected communities domain. Read more>>

Innovation of the Month

MetroLab Network has partnered with Government Technology to bring its readers a segment called the MetroLab Innovation of the Month Series, which highlights impactful tech, data, and innovation projects underway between cities and universities. Read more>>

Project Library

MetroLab Network’s cities and universities are partnering on research, development, and deployment (RD&D) projects to address challenges facing urban areas: inequality in income, health, and opportunity; environmental sustainability and resiliency; and aging infrastructure. Read more>>

Human Services

In 2017, MetroLab Network launched its Data Science and Human Services Lab, as an effort to bring together academics, city and county practitioners, and non-profit leaders to consider the issues at the intersection of technology, analytics solutions, and human services deployment. Read more>>

OUR FUNDERS