IgniteHQ mentor Roger Mahler is not only guiding members with strategy development, he is leading a pack of passionate comrades down the path to an interactive Marietta Square.
Mahler, a 25 year software veteran, enjoys discovering how to best utilize technology to grow business. As an IgniteHQ mentor, Mahler helps fresh entrepreneurs develop successful strategies incorporating technology. He’s translated his skills to many industries including medicine, banking, transportation and security.
In addition to mentoring, Mahler is utilizing his years of experience to manifest a vision of the ultimate smart city. Mahler is the founder of the “Smart Connected Communities Project,” a group of developers, stakeholders and believers uniting to build the optimal smart city starting with Marietta Square.
“Marietta Square is its own living, breathing ecosystem. There are places to walk, eat and connect with other like-minded entrepreneur and enthusiasts. It has its own unique look and persona,” explained Mahler.
The Smart Connected Communities Project boasts over 100 members and is housed at IgniteHQ. Mahler says he launched the group to enable people to build and realize their ideas. One day he hopes to create a Smart City Center of Excellence at IgniteHQ.
“Building a smart city is about solving problems that drive innovation,” explained Mahler. “We need to focus on integration, “Almost everything we need to create the Smart City of the future exists today”. We don’t know yet what a smart city looks like, but we know it’s going to be huge,” said Mahler.
A smart city is typically defined as a municipality that uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare. But this is only half the solution, a smart city is not truly smart until it does something personally for the individual and this will be driven by countless thousands of small developers solving community-based problems and knitting them together to create a compelling user experience.
At this time, according to Mahler, big corporations are securing all the government contracts and driving the development of smart cities, but small developers work on everyday issues affecting citizens.
“There’s a phenomenal opportunity here at IgniteHQ to build our Smart City Center of Excellence,” said Maher. “The city of Marietta, Cobb County and Kennesaw State University all support IgniteHQ and IgniteHQ is very open to the idea,” he added.
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