Jeff Sheffield is obsessed with the future of cities. He wants to ensure Jacksonville is positioned to be a “smart” city that uses tech solutions to confront city planning challenges. He believes that by embracing smart technology in all sectors of our region — health and human services, transportation, public safety, energy, etc. — we can apply what we learn to solve problems and improve our quality of life. By eliminating the traditional silos that prevent collaboration between government agencies and private sector partners, we can create a Jacksonville that is safer, more efficient, more sustainable, economically competitive, and that provides multi-modal transportation options that are accessible, reliable, affordable, and encourage commerce.
Today, he’s challenging tech professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors to commit to collaborating and innovating right here in North Florida: recognize a community problem you want to solve and apply emerging technologies to solve it using the data available in the public space.