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The 2020 Public Safety Summit:

Leading into the Emerging Future

When & Where

August 14-16, 2020

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

About the Summit

Please NOTE: New Date for Summit: August 14th – 16th 2020

Leadership for a Networked World and Mark43 want to express our appreciation and admiration of your leadership during the response to COVID-19.
We also realize how vitally important your health, focus, and energy is at the moment, and in light of current conditions with COVID-19, we are proceeding with cautious optimism in rescheduling this event for August 14-16, 2020.
Of course, we understand that the trajectory of COVID-19 is still yet unknown, so these dates may shift if conditions warrant. We will continue to keep the conversation going and welcome your valuable feedback and insight.
Thank you to all for your continued commitment to the Public Safety Summit. Please continue to stay healthy and safe and strong.


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.

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

David Downing
Oakland Police Department
Gavin Dengate
New South Wales Police Force
Ahsan Baig
City of Oakland

In Collaboration with

Mark43 builds the world’s most powerful public safety CAD, RMS, analytics, and property and evidence platform. Public safety has changed in the last 30 years. Technology vendors haven’t. Mark43 provides a refreshing, battle-tested, enterprise implementation experience and product for any agency, with a special competency for major agencies. The cloud-based products are built only with the most modern technologies and are constantly updated, guaranteeing that the platform always outpaces the rest of the market. In addition to offering the leading public safety technology platform, Mark43 also offers industry-leading customer care. With comprehensive implementation, launch, and sustainment support, Mark43 ensures every customer is cared for no matter the circumstances. Learn more 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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