Melissa Kozakiewicz

Director, Office of Innovation, City of Jersey City

Melissa Kozakiewicz is the Director of the Office of Innovation for the City of Jersey City. This diverse office is currently working on initiatives that include data & modernization, sustainability, affordable housing, and grants & fundraising. Melissa was an English professor at Saint Peter’s University before coming to municipal government, and has several years of experience in journalism and digital media. She believes that thoughtful communications & engagement strategies propel initiatives forward.

Tuesday, April 16
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm • Digital City Services—10 Strategies for Strengthening Quality of Life with E-governmentlab
Cities around the world are experimenting with digital city services to improve efficiency of service delivery, collect payments and engage with citizens, particularly with digital natives. In this dialogue, practitioners from local governments and vendors will discuss how their cities have implemented digital services and will share progress and plans for the future.
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm • City Readiness Hub: Jersey City, NJ & Edmonton, Canadacity readiness hub
Our City Readiness Hub sessions offer a unique opportunity to hear from cities who are “in the trenches” on their journey to becoming a smart city. This unique opportunity to listen in on "cities helping cities" in an unscripted format is one of the higlights of Smart Cities Week.