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The 2020 Public Safety Summit:

Leading into the Emerging Future

When & Where

April 24-26, 2020

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

About the Summit

The Public Safety Summit is the foremost academic research program and event for senior-most leaders to invent and realize the future of public safety and policing. To accomplish this goal, the Summit combines case studies from current public safety officials, insights from academic research, and expertise from industry experts. The Summit builds on and extends research from across Harvard University and features fresh case studies, peer-based problem-solving sessions, and topical workshops designed to create transformational solutions in public safety.


The future of policing is emerging all around us. Rapidly shifting public demands, powerful social and digital technologies, and new ways of measuring public value are upending past practices in policing and opening up entirely new models of policing services. Now is the time for public safety leaders to not just respond to change – but lead into the emerging future.

Leading in and creating the future of policing will mean embracing disruption, spearheading the development of new policing models, and building agility into organizational culture. And this will often mean managing two or more different operating models at the same time, designing new performance indicators, and creating new partnerships in the community. Forging a path forward will require dealing with tough questions, such as:

To help public safety leaders meet these challenges and opportunities, Leadership for a Networked World at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, in collaboration with Mark43, are convening The 2020 Public Safety Summit: Leading into the Emerging Future to be held April 24 - 26 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This sixth 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 lead into the emerging future.
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Who Should Attend?

Summit participants are senior-level public safety executives (Chief, Commissioner, Superintendent, Sheriff, etc.) in function, as well as “Chief Transformation Officers” in practice, who seek to improve organizational performance in the near term and redesign public safety for the long term.

Admission & Participation

The Summit is an invitation-only program for senior-most officials in public safety. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis, and according in part, to space availability. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition or fee to attend. Travel and hotel arrangements, and related expenses, are the responsibility of individual participants.

Videos from Past Summits

Kathleen O'Toole
Seattle Police Department
Dermot Shea
New York City Police Department
Mike Downing
Los Angeles Police Department

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 Air Max Men's

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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