At the forefront of my “why I like my job” list is the ability to think about and participate in the conversations and technologies that affect our everyday lives as local residents and global citizens. A beautiful and usable website can connect the dots between a government service and the person that needs that very service. A social media outreach campaign can drum up civic engagement around an important cause. Needless to say, there are so so many ways that communication and technology can drive positive change, and at this year’s EcoDistricts Summit, I got to hear about a few new (and super cool!) technologies that are being used to build more equitable and sustainable places—otherwise referred to as Smart Cities.