CityLab is an annual global conference hosted in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic where more than 400 mayors, city innovators, artists, funders, academics and urbanists gather to explore how to improve cities and spread urban strategies that work. Past CityLabs have been hosted in New York, Los Angeles, London and Miami, and the next one will take place in Paris in October 2017.
It kicks off with a private day-long Mayors Innovation Studio event for mayors and their key advisors. This exclusive and intimate day gives mayors the chance to share stories, compare results, and assess lessons with peers on a variety of strategies that can create of a culture of innovation within local government.
Every year there are a variety of topics discussed that focus on the most pressing challenges cities face and solutions that can help to create more livable, sustainable, and economically vibrant communities. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute announced the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, a new program for leading global mayors who are working together to prepare their cities for the emergence of autonomous vehicles.