The 2018 Public Safety Summit:

Leadership in Turbulent Times

When & Where

April 20-22, 2018

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

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About the Summit

As the pace and power of social, political, and technological change accelerates in the world, citizens and stakeholders expect everything to happen faster – including the transformation of public safety and policing organizations.

This pace of change also creates a turbulent environment in which policing leaders have to manage the “political economy” surrounding them – including the competing demands of stakeholder groups, the need for delivering innovative new policing models, and the mandate to improve public trust and safety.

To help public safety leaders deliver results in these challenging times, Leadership for a Networked World and the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, in collaboration with Mark43, are convening The 2018 Public Safety Summit: Leadership in Turbulent Times to be held April 20 – 22 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

At the Summit, participants will learn about and share best practices on leading innovation and transformation within a dynamic political environment as well as pacing the the level of change effectively. In particular, the Summit will address this critical issue from vantage points including:

• Strategy: How and where can policing structures, systems, and processes support sustainable operations but also innovation?
• Technology: What innovative data, analytics, and network-enabled solutions can bring newfound speed and agility to public safety operations?
• Human Capital: How should recruitment, hiring, and training of human capital change, and how can organizational culture become an enabler of progress?
• Leadership: How can public safety officials manage the political environment to ensure legislators, elected officials, and stakeholders are aligned?

This 4th annual Summit will bring together innovative and progressive public safety and justice leaders, along with leading academics and industry experts to learn and share ideas on how police chiefs, sheriffs, commissioners and other officials can respond to the changing demands of society, and transform their organizations, partnerships, operating models, and cultures to deliver improved policing outcomes and legitimacy. Sneaker


In Collaboration with

Mark43’s mission is to empower communities and their governments with new technologies that improve the safety and quality of life for all. The Mark43 platform unites a set of software tools securely in the cloud, already delivering 80% efficiency gains in reporting to officers on the street. With a vision to reinvent the lifecycle of public safety data, we continue to build new and unique products. Mark43 is based in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington D.C., and has been recognized as the new leader in law enforcement tech by Forbes, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, and CNN. Learn more about us at

Hosted by

Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.

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