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Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Digital Progress
Dominic Papa is a Public Entrepreneur. He is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Digital Progress (iDP), a not-for-profit organization designed to transform Arizona into a global hub of Smart City/IoT technology driven by collaborative civic innovation. In 2018, Dominic helped found the ASU Center for Smart Cities and Regions at Arizona State University. The mission of the Center is to advance urban and regional innovation to make more inclusive, vibrant, resilient and sustainable communities. iDP and the Center collaborate with researchers, policy-makers, planners, entrepreneurs, industry and the public to enhance the ability of cities and regions to responsibly use emerging technological infrastructures and improve quality of life.
iDP’s Smart & Connected AZ Council provides cities and towns with an “Innovation as a Service”(IaaS) model, a platform that allows local governments and the private sector to collaboratively design and develop new innovative technology pilots that advance solutions to public challenges, have a measurable impact, and the potential to scale. This multi-party innovation process generates customized technology solutions to solve specific city issues and real citizens’ needs.
Dominic founded iDP after working for two years with the city of Phoenix. Prior to the city of Phoenix, he worked for the Alliance for Innovation and ASU’s Center for Urban Innovation, where he worked hand in hand with city managers from across the county, helping them to challenge and transform their organizations in the midst of severe fiscal constraints.
Dominic has a B.A. in Political Science and Italian, a M.A. in Public Administration, and is currently a J.D. candidate at Arizona State University.