The smart city revolution is underway. Urban regions are the source of innovation, ingenuity and key drivers for economic growth. However, as populations continue to rise, they also present an increasing challenge to keep citizens safe and healthy, to sustain vibrant communities and reduce damage to the environment. Greater advances in technology, such as the expansion of the Internet of Things, are enabling cities to make an important progress on open data, delivering innovation, and therefore enhancing the lives of citizens. All of which result in smarter and more sustainable places. Technologies have the potential of boosting productivity, delivering better public services, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs and protecting citizens. What can governments do to help achieve the potential value of technologies in their cities and communities?