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Ben joined the Electrification Coalition in 2012 as the Director of Strategic Initiatives to lead the EV Accelerator programs. In 2017 he was elevated to VP to coordinate all Electrification Coalition programs. Ben has spent more than a decade working on environmental, human rights, and voter engagements efforts. His experience includes leadership roles as the Campaign Director for the Save Darfur Coalition, the Legislative Director for the Colorado Environmental Coalition, the Colorado State Director for the New Voters Project, and numerous public interest campaign efforts as the Western States Field Organizer for U.S.PIRG.
In 2016, Columbus, Ohio, out of 78 finalists, won a $40 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge to make Columbus the nation’s first city to fully integrate self-driving electric vehicles, smart grid, smart streetlights, and collision avoidance sensors into its transportation network. In this panel, hear from leadership from Smart Columbus and partners in their mobility ecosystem on their plans to serve low-income residents through the use of cutting-edge technologies; to create “smart transit corridors;” and to address the pervasive “first and last mile gap” in public transportation.
Gianluca is a global professional with 20 years of work experience at the intersection of business and technology, with focus on the strategic management of innovation. He is a passionate leader seeking to inspire leading cities and companies in various industries to establish new business models enabled by the Internet economy.
Gianluca holds several international patents, some of which have re-established the principles of operation and the economic models of modern communication networks. He is a social entrepreneur of the NGO “Engineering Without Borders,” a spin-off of University Polytechnics which has become a benchmark in its sector according to the United Nation independent report, with hundreds of projects around the world.
Gianluca’s areas of expertise include smart mobility, the sharing economy, Internet of Things and big data, ultra-broadband, smart energy, green infrastructure, project/program management, public procurement and project financing.
Gibran Hadj-Chikh is Parson’s Director of Innovative Transport. In this role, he is responsible for helping Parsons and its clients develop strategies that maximize the benefit of new technologies and anticipate the impacts of emerging ideas in the transportation marketplace. Working with Parsonsâ€™ experts on connected vehicle technologies, mobility on demand, and cybersecurity, he has been developing Smart City strategies that will allow public agencies to collaborate with the private sector on more cost-effective solutions for providing mobility and fueling economic growth. Mr. Hadj-Chikh is also a Parsons representative to Hyperloop One’s Technical Advisory Board. Mr. Hadj-Chikh received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University, and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.
Sri Elaprolu serves as a Global Lead and Senior Manager on the AWS Public Sector team and is responsible for IoT practice. Sri, and his team, work closely with customers, solution providers, and systems integrators across multiple countries, and assist them in leveraging AWS to build scalable, secure, and cost-effective IoT solutions.
Sri has been with Amazon for 4.5yrs. Prior to current role, Sri led Solutions Architecture team at AWS focusing on Education and State and Local Govt. customers in the U.S. He specializes in areas such as designing highly scalable distributed solutions, security, and compliance. Prior to joining AWS, Sri led multiple product teams at Northrop Grumman Corp and helped deliver a number of enterprise solutions to U.S. Federal Agencies and Education customers.
Sri has over 20 years of IT industry experience. He has a Masters degree in Engineering Science, and an MBA in General Management.
Bryan leads the team developing product solutions and business lines for the machineQ initiative. machineQ is a new Comcast service that leverages the latest in sensor, network, and software technologies to gather, transmit, and create actionable intelligence from the physical world with a focus on Smart Cities technology. Bryan has extensive experience throughout Comcast where he has lead analyses with the Corporate Strategy team, helped to develop and incubate the X1 service and IP video platform, built partnerships and strategic business deals and incubated gaming and interactive services. Through these experiences, Bryan has developed expertise in technology and operations across Comcast’s network and video platforms coupled with business development acumen and product management sensibilities.
Bryan holds a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.
Making the Leap from Digital to Smart- A Path Forward For Cities and Communities
Making the leap from digital to smart requires advances on many fronts. According to the CompTIA report “Building Smarter Cities and Communities”, becoming a smart city or community typically requires a re-thinking of everything from IT architecture and broadband infrastructure, to workflows, user experience (UX), staff training and more. A smart city or community must be built on cross-cutting advancements in people, processes, and things. CompTIA’s David Logsdon and Matt Starr will cover the path forward to becoming a smart city/community.
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Jean Rice, Senior Broadband Program Specialist, National Telecommunication and Information Administration
Mr. Ihrie has over 35 years industry experience as a direct innovator in the fields of satellite and terrestrial communication, computing, and information science. He has been a principal in seven startup companies in industries ranging from Nuclear Power to Digital Broadcast to analytic software for the Intelligence Community. Mr. Ihrie has used the CTO position as a platform to help build four breakthrough enterprise-scale innovation organizations. The National Technology Alliance brought non-traditional technology companies to help solve hard problems for the Intelligence Community. Mach37 is the first vertically-focused business accelerator for cybersecurity.
Mr. Ihrie has used the CTO position as a platform to help build four breakthrough enterprise-scale innovation organizations. The National Technology Alliance brought non-traditional technology companies to help solve hard problems for the Intelligence Community. Mach37 is the first vertically-focused business accelerator for cybersecurity. Mr. Ihrie leads the EMERGE Program with DHS Science & Technology Directorate, using a national coalition of business accelerators to bring leading-edge innovation in wearable technology to the First Responder community. His current project, the Smart Communities Actuator combines an accelerator and incubator with built-in path-to-market opportunities focused on helping early-stage businesses bring value to the Smart Cities market.
Mr. Ihrie has a Master of Science degree in Business from MIT, specializing in the Management of Technological Innovation, and a B.S. from MIT in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.
Mr. Olson joined Wells Fargo’s Municipal Trading – Credit Strategy team in 2010. Located on the municipal trading floor, he provides analytical support for the sales, trading, syndicate, and investment banking teams with a focus on the higher education and healthcare sectors. He also has been focused on the green bond market, helping to educate all participants including issuers and investors on this growing market, and is a member of a working group focused on helping to streamline the green bond issuing process for municipal issuers.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mr. Olson worked at Banc of America Securities, LLC on the Municipal Market Strategy and Credit Analytics team, and also at AllianceBernstein as a Junior Research Analyst in their Municipal Bond Research department. Mr. Olson has a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, Accounting, and International Business from Drake University. He is a General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7) and is also Series 63 licensed.
David Pickeral is committed to facilitating the deployment of information and communications technology (ICT) to make transportation more effective, efficient, sustainable and safe within and between all modes from the local to the global level. He has 29 years’ operational, policy and management experience involving both government and commercial enterprises as well as public-private partnerships (PPP). David is currently an entrepreneur and strategic advisor related to Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Cities working with multiple startups, VC / PE investment clients and government agencies worldwide. Advisory engagements include but are not limited to big data, analytics, cloud, internet of things (IoT), technology selection, strategy, governance, alliances, PPP / JV formation. David also sustains longstanding industry roles including the US National Academies of Science Engineering & Medicine—Transportation Research Board and multiple academic affiliations including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He publishes regularly in Thinking Highways, Move Forward, TU Automotive and through LinkedIn blog posts and articles.
David is currently an entrepreneur and strategic advisor related to Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Cities working with multiple startups, VC / PE investment clients and government agencies worldwide. Advisory engagements include but are not limited to big data, analytics, cloud, internet of things (IoT), technology selection, strategy, governance, alliances, PPP / JV formation. David also sustains longstanding industry roles including the US National Academies of Science Engineering & Medicine—Transportation Research Board and multiple academic affiliations including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He publishes regularly in Thinking Highways, Move Forward, TU Automotive and through LinkedIn blog posts and articles. From April 2010 until June 2015 David had been IBM’s Smarter Transportation Leader working with clients and partners around the world in developing and deploying next-generation transportation Systems Before joining IBM, David was an executive at Booz Allen Hamilton where he co-founded the firm’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) practice in September 2000. Prior to that, he was a
From April 2010 until June 2015 David had been IBM’s Smarter Transportation Leader working with clients and partners around the world in developing and deploying next-generation transportation Systems Before joining IBM, David was an executive at Booz Allen Hamilton where he co-founded the firm’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) practice in September 2000. Prior to that, he was a practicing attorney, and before that started his professional career as a US Naval Officer. He holds a Doctor of Law (JD) degree from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Virginia. He is married to Dr. Oxana Karpenko Pickeral of St. Petersburg, Russia and lives in Reston, Virginia, U.S.A.
Gary R. McCarthy assumed the role of Acting Mayor of the City of Schenectady in April 2011, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in government, and a reputation as a hands-on, accessible, public servant who believes that government can be a force for positive change in the lives of its residents. He was elected to a full four-year term as Mayor in November 2011 and was re-elected in 2015.
Mayor McCarthy co-chairs the Center for Economic Growth’s Capital Region Local Government Council (LGC), is Second Vice President of the New York State Conference of Mayors’, is a member of the iHeart Media Local Advisory Board, and was one of the first mayors in the nation to sign up for the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).
A 1974 graduate of the former Linton High School, Mayor McCarthy went on to earn his Associates Degree from Schenectady County Community College and then continued his studies at the University at Albany. He began his professional career taking a job in 1981 as Chief Investigator in the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office. In his 30 years on the job, Mayor McCarthy partnered with his colleagues and helped to convict hundreds of violent predators and career criminals.
Mayor McCarthy served on the Schenectady City Council from 1996 through 1999 and then rejoined the City Council in 2005. He was elected Council President in January 2010, a position he held until elected Mayor. Mayor McCarthy has also served on community boards including Metroplex, Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority, Schenectady Industrial Development Agency, and Schenectady Access Cable Council (now Open Stage Media). He was part of the team that helped rethink the way that Metroplex and the myriad of others focused on economic revitalization and did business.
Together, a team of city and county leaders created a unified economic development strategy under the umbrella of Metroplex, and the results have been impressive. Since 2004, Schenectady has undergone a renaissance. An expanded Proctors Theatre now hosts large-scale Broadway shows in the heart of a reinvigorated downtown. We have welcomed a new hotel, cinema, restaurants, high-technology companies, a YMCA, cafes and loft housing in our resurging downtown. GE has added over 1,000 jobs and major technology companies, such as Transfinder, have expanded in Schenectady. In the last several years, including the recent opening of the $300 million investment of Rivers Casino and the $150 million investment in Mohawk Harbor (which is due to open this year), our community has brought in over $1 billion in new investment.
Mayor McCarthy has been committed to bringing the same transformation seen downtown to the neighborhoods. He has brought a continuing and consistent focus on code enforcement and distressed properties. Building on successful neighborhood Code Enforcement sweeps and a new partnership with the Center for Technology in Government (CTG) which looked at Schenectady’s Code Enforcement practices, Schenectady is now the lead awardee of a $558,002 New York State Department of State Local Government Efficiency Grant to partner with Amsterdam, Troy and Gloversville in a pilot program to combat blight and better manage distressed properties.
Understanding the importance of quality of life, Mayor McCarthy established the award-winning Homeownership Made Easy in Schenectady (HOMES) Initiative and worked with Senator Schumer to secure a $3 million HUD 108 Loan for blight removal. The HOMES Program focuses on showcasing the housing opportunities throughout Schenectady through partnerships with nearly two dozen partners including banks, realtors, and contractors. Additionally, as part of the HOMES Program, many city-owned properties are being professionally marketed with a focus on attracting owner-occupied buyers. Schenectady is setting a national example as the first to use the 108 Program primarily for spot blight removal. CTG found buildings slated for demolitions can, on average, generate expenses for a municipality in excess of $65,000. This program removes hurdles for new investment while providing long-term savings for the City and improved quality of life for the neighborhoods.
Mayor McCarthy has positioned Schenectady to lead in the application and development of smart technologies and created a Smart City Commission in January of 2016 to advise him on these technologies. Commission members are leaders in diverse areas, including technology, education, arts, media, project management, and government. By engaging in almost a dozen smart city projects, he has built upon more than fifty partnerships with private companies, educational institutions, non-profits, and other governments and governmental agencies. This growing community of stakeholders encourages and fosters an environment rich in innovation and creativity and is a key part in reaching the full potential of our initiatives. Key themes to each of Schenectady’s Smart City projects have been creating broad partnerships to ensure community engagement, data-driven governance to prove return on investment, efficient use of resources such as smart lighting and fleet routing initiatives and willingness to try new ideas and share information to create synergy and develop new best practices.
Mayor McCarthy has worked to stabilize the City’s finances following difficult times caused by the housing bubble and meltdown in the mortgage market. Standard & Poor upgraded Schenectady’s Bond Rating to A with a Stable Outlook last year and Moody’s has removed its negative outlook citing the City’s improved financial and liquidity position, favorable sales tax trend, and strong fiscal management.
Mayor McCarthy and his wife Caroline Boardman McCarthy reside in the City of Schenectady.
Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional district, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway, and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he advocates for investment in basic scientific research, supports the military’s goals to enhance their energy security, and fights for commonsense healthcare reforms that work for families and small business owners. He also serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where he advocates for improving the quality of care at VA medical centers, increasing collaboration in the federal government to end veterans homelessness, and encouraging the hiring of veterans for military construction projects.
Scott Peters is a civic leader who has made improving the quality of life in San Diego his life’s work. As a Member of Congress, Scott’s emphasis has been promoting and expanding San Diego’s innovation ecosystem, advocating for San Diego’s pivotal role as a partner in the national defense, and making government work again.
Ranked the 4th most independent Democrat in Congress by the National Journal, Scott Peters understands that business problems have bipartisan solutions, and is never afraid to work across party lines to build consensus and get things done.
David Heyman is a founder of Smart City Works, a new class of business accelerator, called a business “actuator”, established to build and launch next-generation infrastructure companies that improve the livability, operations, and resilience of cities. He is a nationally recognized thought leader, national security expert, and former systems software engineer who has served in senior positions in the private sector and in the government, to include at the White House, U.S. Department of Energy, and most recently as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His latest publication on global and cybersecurity is, “The Velocity of Change: Global Threats, Moore’s Law and Securing the Future.”
Kendra Parlock was recently appointed as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainable Solutions for the City of Baltimore. She is charged with rebuilding and expanding Baltimore’s CitiStat program for issue-driven performance management and cross-agency collaboration.
Kendra brings to the team a wealth of experience in strategy, business development and innovation. She previously worked in the private sector where she used market and operations data to develop new products and services and to transform organization processes. She is a trained Six Sigma Blackbelt and project manager.
Kendra is a Baltimorean by birth. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and returned to Maryland ten years ago to lead innovation projects in W.R. Grace’s New Business Development Incubator. She received her MBA in Integrative Management from Michigan State University.
David Chiesa is the Senior Director of Global Business Development for S&C Electric Company. In this role, David is responsible for the Profitable growth of S&C’s Market Segments Globally. This position is focused on expanding the reach of S&C’s products and services within the Market Segments of Renewables, Energy Storage, Data Centers, Microgrids, and Reactive Compensation. He brings 16 years of experience in the direction and management of sales teams across the United States.
Mr. Chiesa began his career in the United States Army, serving as a maintenance company commander, a general officer aide-de-camp, and the U.S. forces maintenance manager for the NATO troops conducting peacekeeping operations in Bosnia.
Joe DeMatteo is the Director of Business Development at Duquesne Light Company, an electric transmission & distribution utility headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA serving nearly 600,000 customers. In this role, he is responsible for identifying and executing on new investment and growth opportunities and developing the company’s long-term business strategy.
Prior to joining Duquesne Light in 2016, Joe served in multiple commercial and finance roles at NextEra Energy Resources, most recently as Director – Mergers & Acquisitions. He began his career at Duff & Phelps, LLC, a valuation and corporate finance advisory firm, where he was a Director in their Valuation Advisory Services practice.
Joe holds a B.S. in finance from the Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with the highest distinction.
CityBase creates technology that makes government and utilities more personal and responsive. We create enterprise payment solutions that connect back-office systems to give agencies and utilities a better way to accept and track payments. With unified API, dynamic content, and workflow management, CityBase helps government agencies provide fully digital services so it’s easy for people to find and complete tasks quickly online and on mobile.
As Chief Sustainability Officer, Elizabeth (Beth) Heider, FAIA, LEED Fellow, translates Skanska’s commitment to sustainability into action while serving on Skanska USA’s Management Team. She supports Skanska’s four US business units: Building and Civil (construction), and Commercial and Infrastructure Development with combined annual revenues of approximately $8 Billion.
Her career encompasses all phases of design and construction as architect, construction manager and sustainability leader. An intrepid researcher and tireless advocate, she emboldens the design, construction and business communities to create a more sustainable future. Known for her work making the business case for green building, including the Living Building Financial Study, she has been invited to present at over 200 international conferences focusing on the nexus of design, sustainability and good business. Heider served for six years on USGBC’s national Board of Directors which she chaired in 2012. She is widely recognized for her leadership in building more sustainably, most recently by Green Building & Design as one of the Ten Most Powerful Women in Sustainability. She serves on the Envision Review Board and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Excel Academy, the first all-girl charter school in the District of Columbia.
Robert H. Cary, who started his career with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in 1992, became the Richmond District engineer in December 2014. He was previously the Salem District administrator, starting in in July 2012. He also served for five years as the Lynchburg District administrator.Following graduation from college, Cary joined William H. Gordon Associates of Woodbridge as a staff engineer and surveyor.
In 1992, he became a transportation engineer in VDOT’s Staunton District and later, location and design engineer in VDOT’s Salem District before being promoted to assistant district administrator for preliminary engineering.
Cary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, where he is currently working toward a master’s degree in transportation infrastructure and systems analysis.
He is also a graduate of VDOT’s Executive Leadership Program and is a registered professional engineer and licensed surveyor.
American Association of State Highway Officials’ (AASHTO) technical committee of preconstruction engineering (chairman), member of AASHTO’s subcommittee on design, and is active with the Transportation Research Board and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
Responsible for Itron’s global Smart Cities Initiatives. This includes identifying and driving smart cities business opportunities that extend Itron’s AMI networks in cities via Itron’s utility customers that can be leveraged for multi-commodity readings, sensor networks including street lighting, air quality etc. Serve as Itron’s point of contact for the globally recognized Smart Cities project – Envision Charlotte. Additionally, represent Itron in a leadership capacity including speaking engagements with Smart City organizations including the Smart Cities Council, Envision America, Cisco’s Connected Cities and Microsoft’s CityNext programs.
In addition to the current work in Charlotte, NC, other active cities include Pittsburgh, PA, Spokane, WA, San Diego, CA and Los Angeles, CA.
Craig Hupy is the Area Administrator for Public Services at the City of Ann Arbor. The Public Services Area is responsible for all municipal activities, which occur in Ann Arbor’s road right of ways. Among the myriad of activities over seen are street design, street maintenance, traffic signs, traffic signals and control systems, fiber optic networks, radios and operation of municipal vehicles. The staff of the Pubic Services Area has been part of “Connected Vehicle Services Pilot Model Deployment” and “Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment” projects. Craig Hupy serves as the primary contact with University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Thomas Kuczynski is the Chief Information Officer for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). Mr. Kuczynski joined DC Water in August 2013 and heads up an IT team of 60 individuals and a $20 million budget to develop applications that support customer services and operations, and provide technical support to help employees do their jobs.
Mr. Kuczynski has more than 35 years of experience in Information Technology including nearly 30 years at Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) in two separate terms of employment. He was most recently Senior Vice President, Strategic and Information Services for PGW managing Strategic Planning, Enterprise Performance Management, Information Services and Internal Auditing. In his first employment at PGW, he led development efforts for the company’s customer information system, credit and collections, automated meter reading and distribution leak tracking.
He has also worked for Pacific Gas & Electric’s National Energy Group as Director of Technology Strategic Planning and Architecture, and for Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Delaware where he provided IT Strategic Planning Services to the Energy Supply Group.
Mr. Kuczynski is a graduate of La Salle College of Philadelphia and the Executive MBA program at University of Maryland University College.
Liz Hyman is the executive vice president of public advocacy for CompTIA.
Hyman is responsible for the Association’s outreach to members of Congress, the Executive Branch, government agencies and other government institutions at the federal, state and local levels of government that shape and influence public policy affecting the IT industry.
Hyman joined CompTIA after overseeing U.S. government affairs for PC manufacturer Lenovo. There, she focused on issues of significance to the IT industry including education, environment, and tax and trade matters. She also was responsible for coordinating select state government affairs activities.
Prior to joining Lenovo, Hyman was vice president, international, at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) where she worked to expand and deepen relationships with electronics associations and other entities abroad, as well as establish a greater strategic footprint for CTA in international trade policy matters.
Between 1994 and 1998 she held various positions in the federal government, including Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Assistant Counsel to the Vice President, and Associate Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Hyman is a graduate of Tufts University and holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.
Charles Brennan worked for the Philadelphia Police Department for 33 years of which 20 were spent in the Information Technology Department. During his time in IT, he managed the Department’s programming staff, 911 and GIS systems, drug and DNA laboratories and communications network. After retiring from Police he worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 5 years to implement a $500M communications network which spanned the state’s 45,000 square miles. He also spent several years in the private sector working on public safety projects.
Brennan was appointed Chief Information Officer for the City of Philadelphia by Mayor James Kenney in January 2016. He oversees the City’s Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) with an operating and capital budget of over $160M with almost 400 employees. OIT is responsible for many diverse functions including the oversight of the City’s cable franchise agreements as well as running computer centers for the City underserved children.
Charlie has undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Joseph’s University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Associates Program as well as Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for state and local executives.
Recognizing that autonomous vehicle technology is likely to redefine mobility in cities, Los Angeles is embracing the opportunity to be a world leader in implementing and supporting this technology. Executive Fellow Michael Lim has been on a year-long fellowship to develop a business plan to address the increasingly important need for investment in autonomous vehicles and associated infrastructure.
Michael is an innovation professional with global infrastructure, finance and technology experience, including most recently as a co-founder and CEO of a transportation technology venture. Originally trained in urban planning, Michael started his career in infrastructure development for the United Nations in the Asia Pacific region. He was also an investment banker, most recently with Lazard Freres & Co, and advised technology companies and governments on strategy, capital raises and M&A transactions. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michael Sherwood is the Director of Technology and Innovation for the City of Las Vegas. Michael has more than 20 years of management experience, in the field of technology, process improvement and innovation with the majority of that experience being in municipal government operations. Most recently he served as the deputy director of public safety, business services and city technology for the city of Irvine, CA since December 2013. In that capacity, he was responsible for budgets of both public safety at $70 million and technology at $8 million.
Prior to that position, Sherwood served as the manager of business services for the City of Irvine, CA from 2012-2013, the chief information officer for City of Oceanside, CA, from 2001-2012 and the information technologies manager for the City of Oceanside, CA from 1997-2000. Before 1997, he served in the private sector. Michael received his B.S. in Management from Pepperdine University followed by an M.S. in Executive Management from the University of Southern California.
Peter Meyer is President and Chief Economist of The E.P. Systems Group, Inc., a private firm focused on economically efficient environmental policy. The firm has done work on contaminated land (brownfield) risk management and regeneration for US HUD, EPA, and EDA and on renewable energy and energy efficiency finance for the US DOE. Since 2008, it has focused on the economics of climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency, funded by both the UK and US governments. A specialist in community and local economic development, Dr. Meyer is Professor Emeritus of Urban Policy and Economics and Director Emeritus of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Louisville, and previously served as Director of the Local Economic Development Assistance Center at The Pennsylvania State University. He spent 15 years as an Expert Witness to the Environmental Finance Advisory Board to EPA and served a three-year term on EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Board of Scientific Counselors.
Charles Ramdatt has over 3 decades of professional engineering and planning experience. For much of the last 14 years, he served as the Transportation Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Orlando. He is currently a consulting engineer who focuses on large infrastructure projects and developing Smart City programs. His experience includes project and construction management, transportation engineering, parking systems management, special event management and intelligent transportation systems. Charles is a licensed professional engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. In addition to being an active member of other national professional organizations, he is a member of the national steering committee of MetroLab – an exclusive group of partnerships of Universities and their neighboring cities, inspired by the White House, to promote research, sustainable development, and economic development.
Michael Zeto is General Manager and Executive Director of Smart Cities, a business unit inside of AT&T’s Internet of Things Solutions. Michael is responsible for the teams that drive the product development, business development and go-t0-market strategy for AT&T’s Smart Cities initiatives.
Michael previously served as a Director of Strategy in AT&T’s Mobile & Business Solutions organization, focusing on emerging growth opportunities in the areas of IoT, Big Data, Consumer Engagement and Cloud technologies.
Prior to joining AT&T, Michael was the co-founder and CEO of Proximus Mobility, a location-based consumer engagement software company. Throughout his career, he has successfully served in various general management, corporate development and enterprise sales roles with various technology companies.
Michael is an Industry Fellow with the Georgia Research Alliance, an organization that makes investments in University professor-led research projects that generate IP that can be commercialized. He is also an active participant in the Atlanta-based technology startup community, serving as a mentor and advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs. To this end, Michael regularly speaks at events throughout the country to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
Currently, Michael co-chairs the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Mobility Task Force. He also is very active in supporting local and national charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Boys and Girls Club of America, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.
Rick Grimm became NIGP’s fifth Chief Executive Officer in January 1998.
Rick holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. He served county governments and public school districts for 23 years, including over 12 years in the management of the public procurement function.
Under Rick’s leadership, the Institute re-wrote its major curriculum, added distance learning opportunities to NIGP’s growing list of educational offerings, guided a new governance structure to enhance member engagement, and instituted a number of new online resource tools. In support of the Board’s strategic plan, the Institute is leading a collaborative effort to develop a robust list of public procurement practices that are based on six key values and related guiding principles.
Key initiatives for the next few years include the use of technology to deliver high-quality and relevant services to customers, the development of academic communities in an effort to develop a curriculum framework for colleges and universities, the development of a comprehensive, sustainable Public Procurement Body of Knowledge, and the creation of formal partnerships with other leading public sector associations to ensure relevancy and advocacy for the profession.
George Thomas is a thought leader and adviser to public and private sector organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. With more than nineteen years of experience, George has held a variety of sales, strategy and consulting roles. A dynamic leader and team builder, George has helped clients develop successful strategies and execute transformational projects in business operations, capital improvement, enterprise processes and applications, organizational change management and strategic planning.
George currently serves as Global Director, Smart Infrastructure, for Hatch Ltd. In this role, he leads Hatch’s efforts in helping clients maximize value across all Infrastructure and Urban Solution domains. George also founded New Urban Informatics, a boutique business advisory firm, providing expertise to some of the most innovative companies and governments focused on Public Sector Analytics and Smart Cities. He is based in Washington, D.C.
George previously served as Global Director of Strategy & Markets for IBM’s Government Industry vertical. In this role, he was responsible for the strategy and execution of new innovations and solutions to assist governments globally in delivering improved services to their citizens. From 2013 to 2014 he was the Director of Smarter Cities for IBM Greater China, based in Beijing, PRC; and from 2010 to 2012, he was the Global Director for Smarter Cities Sales Strategy & Execution. Prior roles have included US Sales Director responsible for IBM’s services portfolio in State & Local Government, Education & Public Healthcare segment and Partner responsible for IBM’s US SAP State, Local and Education Practice. George has successfully delivered several complex, mission-critical transformation consulting engagements in the public sector which include innovative and breakthrough projects in technology, process and people transformation. Prior to joining IBM in 2000, George held senior positions with the management, business consulting and engineering practices of PSINet; Metamor; and Mott MacDonald respectively. In these roles, he was involved in global multi-million dollar engagements covering complex implementations in finance, human resources, supply chain, reengineering, process improvement, and core engineering projects.
George is a recognized industry expert at the intersection of technology and business in areas such as cognitive computing, deep analytics, smarter cities, Blockchain, the API economy, internet of things, and cloud computing. George is a founding member of the Smarter Cities Council, a member of the US NIST Executive Committee for Global City Teams Challenge, a prior resident expert at the IBM Center for Cognitive Government, and is a mentor, board member and coach to several start-ups and innovative companies. George is a proven thought leader and a regular speaker at conferences and events including at the C40 Mayor’s Conferences, TEDx, Chambers of Commerce, the World Bank and the United Nations.
George holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
S&C Electric Company is a leading provider of switching, protection, and control solutions for electric power systems. Headquartered in Chicago, S&C is applying its heritage of innovation to address challenges facing the world’s power grids and thus shaping the future of reliable electricity delivery. The mission of S&C is to continually develop new solutions for electricity delivery, fostering the improved efficiency and reliability required for the intelligent grid.
Itron’s technology and services are changing the way the world manages energy and water resources—for the better. We are creating a more resourceful world.
Victor Stanley™, a leader in quality site furnishings, helps you bring your visions to life. From benches and bike racks to smart litter receptacles, which use our Relay Sensor and Service to enable efficient collection routing, we meticulously design, engineer and manufacture every detail to ensure our site furnishings will withstand the test of time. Founded over 54 years ago, we help create a place for people to gather, live life and make timeless moments.
Battelle is solving the world’s most pressing challenges.
We deliver when others can’t. We conduct research and development, manage laboratories, design and manufacture products, and deliver critical services for our clients – whether you are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up organization or a government agency.
We are valued for our independence and ability to innovate.
CompTIA, the world’s leading tech association, is a thought leader and an action leader. From our new IT professional association to our leading certification programs, from our original research to our member communities and councils, our unparalleled programs set industry standards, foster skills development and generate knowledge and insight every day. With our members, we’re building the foundation for technology’s future.
HERE, the Open Location Platform company, enables people, enterprises and cities to harness the power of location. By making sense of the world through the lens of location we empower our customers to achieve better outcomes – from helping a city manage its infrastructure or an enterprise optimize its assets to guiding drivers to their destination safely. To learn more about HERE, including our new generation of cloud-based location platform services, visit 360.here.com and www.here.com.
What happens when a city of 115,000 extends its smart-city strategy to include, and go beyond, the world-class university living in the center of the city? The University of Michigan’s campus, woven right into the city fabric, has become the focus of several important new initiatives. Simultaneously, the city government supported the creation of a commercial innovation hub, now home to nearly one hundred start-ups. Many of them aim to become part of a new profit-focused industry cluster which emerged from the success of two important organizations: the U-M Mobility Transformation Center and the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation. This means that the key automakers with research centers in Ann Arbor — Ford and Toyota and some others — are seeing new partners who they team with to develop scaleable city mobility solutions.
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Innovation as a Service: How Cities Can Create, Procure, and Deploy Smart Solutions…Faster
David Heyman, Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Smart Infrastructure Investing for Economic Development
Peter Meyer, President and Chief Economist, EP Systems Group
Stakeholder Input Session on the Urban Prosperity Prize for RENEWW Zones (Renewable Energy, Nutrition, Environment, Water and Waste/Water Resource Recovery)
Josh Sperling, Urban Futures and Energy-X Nexus Engineer, National Renewable Energy Lab
Jim Loter is the Director of Digital Engagement for The City of Seattle. His team supports technology, programs, and policies that connect the public with their government and helps ensure digital equity in Seattle.
Jim’s portfolio includes the Seattle.gov website, the data.seattle.gov open data platform; the award-winning Seattle Channel government television network; the City’s cable franchise authority; the Digital Equity Initiative, and Technology Matching Fund grant program; and provides coordination for the City’s civic technology, privacy, and smart city initiatives.
Jim’s career has focused on leading education and public sector information technology strategy and operations for organizations including The Seattle Public Library, the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, and the University of Iowa Libraries. His interests include developing and supporting technology-enabled solutions to achieve greater digital equity, educational outcomes, community engagement, and civic participation. Jim also periodically lectures in organizational management for the University of Washington Information School.
Jim hails from Dearborn, Michigan, and has a Master’s degree in film studies from the University of Iowa focusing on Irish cinema, early cinema, semiotics, and narrative theory. He enjoys running, playing chess and poker, and is an épée fencer.
Dr. Jim Sayer is Director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute where he has conducted basic and translational research in the areas of connected vehicle technology, advanced vehicle safety systems, driving behavior, and driver distraction since 1993. Dr. Sayer recently served as the Principle Investigator for the U.S. DOT’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment program and was the primary designer, and oversaw the development, of the Mcity test facility at the University of Michigan. Currently, he is the Principle Investigator for the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Dr. Kearney is the Medical Director for SAS State and Local Government where he works with a world-renowned team to help solve the most complex healthcare challenges utilizing advanced analytical solutions. Prior to joining SAS, he was a Director in the Medical Outcomes Specialists group for Pfizer Global Medical where he worked for 17 years integrating clinical, HIT, health outcomes and policy for states, integrated delivery networks, payers, providers and patients. During that time, he served on the NC Governor’s Task for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and The Behavioral Health Subcommittee for NC Medicaid. Most recently he served on the NC Chronic Pain Advisory Board and led the Pfizer effort as part of the Project Lazarus initiative.
Scott Corwin is a Managing Director in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Business Transformation Practice based in New York City. Scott leads Deloitte’s Future of Mobility practice, working across business and government sectors to analyze and architect solutions for the emerging mobility ecosystem. Scott is the lead author of several publications including “The Future of Mobility – How transportation technology and social trends are creating a new business ecosystem” and ”The Future of Mobility: What’s Next?” (DU Press).
Over the past three decades, Scott has helped senior leaders to successfully develop and implement strategy based transformations to address disruptive change in their industries and markets. Scott works with clients across a range of industries including automotive, technology, industrials, media, consumer products, retail, healthcare, telecom, public sector, not-for-profits. The focus of these engagements has been to address core issues associated with: corporate strategy, innovation, globalization, market entry, portfolio strategy, advanced R&D/technology, supply chain, manufacturing, sales and marketing and distribution, new business models, information technology & business process outsourcing and off-shoring.
Scott has a BA in Politics (Magna Cum Laude) from Brandeis University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business. Prior to joining Deloitte, Scott was a Partner at Booz & Company/Booz Allen Hamilton, Vice President with A.T. Kearney, and a Vice President with Caliper Corporation.
Kate Garman is the Smart City Coordinator for the City of Seattle. In this role, she works across city departments to develop a comprehensive smart city strategy. Previously, she was the Innovation Policy Advisor for the City of Kansas City, MO, drafting ordinances and policy recommendations to foster a culture of innovation in Kansas City. She attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, where she was the Student Editor in Chief of The Urban Lawyer, the national ABA publication on state and local government. Before attending law school, Kate was the Government Affairs Specialist at Black & Veatch, an engineering firm in Overland Park, KS. She has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Sperling is an ‘Urban Futures and Energy-X Nexus’ engineer and multi-disciplinary researcher at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, holds a PhD from the interdisciplinary Sustainable Urban Infrastructure program at UC-Denver, and co-leads the Urban Science research thrust of the DOE SMART Mobility lab consortium.
Mark has broad experience in policy development and implementation related to technology, mobility, smart cities, public-private partnerships, energy, and environmental issues. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and Senior Advisor to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, he was responsible for creating and executing the groundbreaking Smart City Challenge that changed the way cities use technology and innovation to drive change and solve problems related to mobility.
Samir Saini is a business-centric CIO.
He has 20 years of IT leadership experience and has managed budgets upwards of $50M and a staff of 250. Throughout his daily operations, he continues to focus on his commitment to serve the public at a local level as CIO for the City of Atlanta.
In this position, Samir is responsible for information technology
services for all 25 city departments, including Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration and Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport.
Samir’s experience expands across a variety of industries. He has had the pleasure of working for The General Electric Company, MGM Resorts Int’l, the Atlanta Housing Authority and now the City of Atlanta. Through the years, Samir has established a proven track record in partnering with various business leaders to adopt technology innovations that improve service delivery, grow revenue, improve productivity and mitigate cybersecurity risks.
Join city and national experts for a conversation about how cities are embracing advanced communications networks to facilitate economic growth, citizen engagement, access to and improved healthcare, and education. Increasingly, local governments are relying on public networks to deliver both traditional city services and benefits, as well as “smart” technologies to residents and businesses. Learn about Philadelphia’s leadership in using broadband to advance digital literacy and inclusion and about federal initiatives to promote digital initiatives in cities throughout the U.S.
Julie Rusk is the City of Santa Monica’s first Chief of Civic Wellbeing. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded responsive government policy and innovation, working to improve outcomes for the community through partnerships, social impact initiatives and civic engagement.
In 2013, under Julie’s leadership, Santa Monica was among the first U.S. cities to be selected for a Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge local government innovation award to define, measure and improve community wellbeing by creating a local wellbeing index. In 2016, she led Santa Monica’s winning submission for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health prize and created the City’s Office of Civic Wellbeing within the City Manager’s Office. Julie was named to the 2017 List of Top 25 Influencers by Engaging Local Government Leaders.
As Senior Vice President of Credentialing and Certification at Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization for independently recognizing excellence in sustainability performance and practice globally, under her leadership, GBCI administers credentials and certifications for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification, the world’s most widely used green building rating system, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), Parksmart for parking facilities, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.
Prior to joining the organization, Sarah worked in an architectural practice with a focus on low-income housing in Washington, D.C. Her professional career began in the United Kingdom where she worked for six years as an exploration geologist and geophysicist. Sarah holds Bachelor of Science degrees (Honors) in both Geology and Architecture.
For the past seven years, Richard J. Berry has served as the Mayor of Albuquerque – the 32nd largest city in America and the largest city in New Mexico.
Prior to serving as Mayor, Berry was elected twice as a State Representative to the New Mexico State Legislature and owned a successful Albuquerque construction company for decades that conducted business throughout the Southwest United States.
On his watch, Albuquerque was ranked second Best Run City in the nation with a population of over 500,000. Mayor Berry has reduced the size of city government and held budget growth to below inflation each year – all while maintaining a high level of service to taxpayers and city residents. Also under the Mayor’s leadership, Albuquerque was recently named as the 6th most technologically advanced city in America.
As part of a $300 million investment in downtown Albuquerque since 2009, Mayor Berry launched Innovate ABQ in partnership with the University of New Mexico to make Albuquerque home to more economic innovation and start-up companies. And throughout the city, nearly 300 quality-of-life projects have been completed – totalling roughly $400 million.
Mayor Berry’s administration has also been recognized nationally for making city government more transparent and accessible.
Pat Vincent-Collawn is Chairman, President and CEO of PNM Resources, the parent company for utilities PNM in New Mexico and TNMP in Texas.
Vincent-Collawn joined PNM Resources in 2007, serving as Utilities President with responsibility for overseeing the daily operation of PNM and TNMP. In 2008, she was named President and Chief Operating Officer, and in March 2010 became President and CEO of PNM Resources. The Board elected her Chairman in January 2012.
Prior to PNM Resources, Vincent-Collawn was at Xcel Energy where she was President and CEO of Public Service Company of Colorado. Previous to that, as Xcel’s President of Customer and Field Operations, she oversaw transmission and distribution operations as well as customer service across 10 states. Vincent-Collawn also held management positions with Arizona Public Service, and outside the energy industry with Price Waterhouse and Quaker Oats.
Vincent-Collawn serves on the boards of the Edison Electric Institute as Chair and EPRI (Electric Research Power Institute) where she is immediate past Chair. She also serves on the board of NEIL (Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited) and of CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS). Vincent-Collawn was appointed Chair of the New Mexico Partnership by Governor Susana Martinez in 2015. She is a member of the Economic Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism (magna cum laude) from Drake University and an MBA from the Harvard School of Business.
CommuniThings is the venue for Smart City applications, bringing Internet of Things closer to a street near you.
CommuniThings is centred on the measurement and collection of information from connected objects – fixed or mobile – and their communication to the city, residents, and enterprises towards improved mobility. CommuniThings solutions range from smart-parking, through fleet management, to air quality.
We transform typical urban environments into dynamic Smartscapes™. CIVIQ builds highly intelligent, and ultra-connected smart communications infrastructure, applications and networks that seamlessly blend into our streets, transit, and public spaces, connecting us all effortlessly while monitoring useful data along the points in between. Incredibly versatile and easy-to-use, Smartscapes amplify and streamline the urban experience, keeping people connected and making cities smarter where it matters most.
DLT is a leading technology partner to the federal, state and local government, education, utilities and healthcare markets. For more than 25 years, the company’s dedication to helping the public sector make smart technology choices and simplify their technology procurements ensures its customers have the best options for Big Data, Analytics and Data Science, Cybersecurity, Cloud, Application Lifecycle, Digital Design, IT Consolidation and IT Management solutions. The DLT advantage includes strategic partnerships with industry leading and emerging technology companies – including Amazon Web Services, Autodesk, ForeScout, Google, Informatica, McAfee, Oracle, Quest Software, Red Hat, SolarWinds, Symantec and Veritas – whose products and services can be easily procured through DLT by leveraging its broad portfolio of government IT contracts including, GSA, SEWP V, U.S. Communities and Texas DIR. To learn more, visit DLT’s Resource Center, call 800.262.4358 or email email@example.com. Also on LinkedIn and Twitter (@DLTSolutions).
Dell EMC brings innovation to government organizations of all sizes so they and their citizens can transform and thrive in the digital economy. Becoming a digital organization means transforming operating models, people, and process as well as IT. We uniquely power this digital transformation by delivering best-in-class technology for applications, data, infrastructure, and security – from the edge to the core to the cloud. Collectively under the banner of Dell Technologies, Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware align to deliver a singular goal: helping governments transform the way they work, so they can transform the lives of the citizens they serve.
Robert joined CityLab as its first General Manager in 2016. He oversees the growth and development of CityLab editorial, business, and operations as it serves a global audience passionate about the future of cities. Prior to joining he led/co-led initiatives at The Atlantic and The New York Times on international growth and expansion. He has held senior executive positions with nonprofit and public service organizations in digital media, strategy and business development. He has two degrees, a B.A. from The George Washington University and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
SYNEXXUS is a CMMI Level 3 Certified electronics design, manufacturing and engineering services company with a proven history of fielding innovative control/management, data distribution, and C4ISR systems for defense and industrial markets, including our Sentinel™ Smart Control system. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)™ is powered by SYNEXXUS.
George Atalla is EY’s Global Sector Leader for the Government and Public Sector practice, which includes more than 19,000 professionals across mature and emerging markets providing advisory, audit, transactional and taxation services to clients. Working closely with EY’s clients, George identifies key public sector issues and leads the development of new client services and solutions. George also provides sector insights that position EY as a thought leader in government policy and modernization.
George leads solution development for EY’s smart cities service offering, with particular emphasis on data solutions, technology deployment, new financial models and private sector participation. He has worked in more than 30 developed and developing markets, focusing on public-private partnerships and outsourcing, restructuring and organizational transformation, policy reform, and investment prioritization.
A licensed professional engineer, George has earned graduate degrees in engineering and business administration from Northwestern University, Georgia Tech, and George Washington University.
Maria Cantwell currently serves as a United States Senator for the State of Washington. As a respected leader – both in public service and in the private sector – Maria has always embraced the values she first learned growing up in a strong working-class family. With the help of Pell Grants, Maria was the first member of her family to graduate college. Later, a successful businesswoman in Washington’s hi-tech industry, she helped build a company that created hundreds of high-paying jobs from the ground up.
Maria was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, 2006 and again in 2012, pledging to honor the hard work, aspirations and faith of the people of Washington state. She is working to create affordable opportunities for consumers, businesses and families, to make our nation more secure today, to foster innovation for tomorrow, and to stand with parents as they educate and care for their children.
Maria gets results. She cut taxes for the middle-class by ensuring that Washington taxpayers can deduct state and local taxes from their federal returns. She fought attempts by the Bush Administration to raise local electricity rates. When bankrupt Enron officials tried to charge Washington ratepayers for millions of dollars in undelivered electricity, Maria led the effort that successfully stopped them. Maria has protected countless jobs in Washington’s aerospace industry by cracking down on foreign companies’ unfair trade practices and has worked to create still more well-paying jobs through effective investments in new technology and valuable job training. Maria successfully led the fight to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and is leading efforts in the Senate to make America more energy independent. She has been a proud advocate for better educational opportunities for our children and less expensive, more accessible health care for our families. Maria continues to build new growth and strong partnerships, insisting on responsibility and making life more affordable for all of Washington ‘s families.
Qualcomm’s technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.
Tony is the CEO of evolve24 a real-time predictive analytics platform company that drives certainty in strategic decision making. The firm has been repeatedly ranked among the top 10 big data firms in the world by CIO Magazine for helping companies achieve enhanced growth through neuroscience-based predictive analytics.
He is also on the faculty of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis where he lectures in the graduate and executive MBA programs on making quantitative based decisions in the face of disruptive external forces shaping business strategy. He also advices on the Olin Business School Customer Analytics and Big Data Institute.
Previously Tony was the Chief Innovation and Growth Officer of Maritz Holdings where he led company innovation efforts aimed at driving profitable growth opportunities for the Maritz business portfolio. He was also a Director of market analytics at Monsanto Company that contributed to the development and implementation of strategies for faster adoption of Monsanto’s biotechnology products to deliver the promised value for consumers, farmers, shareholders and other stakeholders.
He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toronto, Canada.
His career of breakthrough work was honored when he was inducted as a Laureate of the Smithsonian Institute’s Permanent Research Collection in the Museum of Art and History for his “visionary work leading to significant social, economic and educational impact in the field of science.” He also became a member of the Smithsonian’s prestigious Innovator’s Network.
Shima Hamidi is also the Director and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Urban Studies, University of Texas at Arlington. A transportation planner and smart growth advocate, for the past five years, she has been working on several funded projects from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Transportation Research Board, National Institute of Transportation and Communities, American Association of Retired Persons, National Institute of Health and Smart Growth America. Hamidi has published extensively in the areas of urban sprawl and smart growth, transportation, urban design, walkability, housing affordability, public health, upward mobility as well as urban form and its quality of life impacts.
Colleen Casey manages the Personal Mobility Team in the Division of Social Innovation at Toyota. Her team builds partnerships and invests in projects around three key pillars – assistive devices, accessible transportation, and on-demand mobility solutions. The personal mobility team has a targeted focus on improving mobility for older Americans, persons with disabilities, veterans, and other underserved groups. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy, Urban and Community Development Policy, and was previously an Associate Professor, Program Director, and Department Chair at the University of Texas at Arlington. She’s published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to the intersection between transportation and public health, cross sector collaborations, and urban development.
Kay Meyer is a Principal Industry Consultant working with the SAS US Government practice. She brings experience, best practices and strategies to help government successfully implement strategic analytic solutions including establishing Centers for Analytics. Kay has over 25 years of experience in information systems development and implementation across a variety of industries. Prior to joining SAS, Kay spent 18 years in state government and led the efforts in North Carolina to set the strategic vision, definition and implementation for the North Carolina Government Data Analytics Center. Prior to the GDAC, Kay led in the formation of NC’s first enterprise fraud, waste, and improper payment detection program, as well as the implementation of NC’s first integrated criminal justice system. Kay holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.
Justin Bibb is a Senior Adviser at Gallup where he advises clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors on strategies to advance the well-being of cities. His work is grounded in Gallup’s global analytics platform which tracks behavioral economic indicators in more than 160 countries.
Previously, Justin served as Director of Corporate Strategy at kgb Inc., the world’s largest independent provider of enhanced information services, consumer lending, and directory assistance. He also served as Special Assistant to the County Executive for Cuyahoga County, where he was responsible for implementing strategies to advance education reform and economic competitiveness for Ohio’s largest county.
Justin received his B.A. in Urban Studies from American University and the London School of Economics and is currently pursuing his J.D./M.B.A. at Case Western Reserve University. Justin serves on the boards of Destination Cleveland, Teach for America Greater Cleveland and the Harvard Avenue Community School. He is also a member of the African-American Advisory Committee at the Cleveland Museum of Art and a Co-Founder of Hack Cleveland.
This interactive discussion between city leaders, standards organizations and solution providers will consider whether happiness is a useful measurement for a city. If so, how do we measure a city’s happiness? Does IoT provide the data and what kind of analytics should be used? What about surveys and social media – can they be effective? What benchmarks or indices should be used? This session is a prelude to the subsequent plenary session entitled, ” Happiness as a City Indicator”.
Representatives of the five winning Readiness Challenge cities – Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando, and Philadelphia – will share their approaches for applying smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability. They will discuss their challenges and successes so far in the context of their overall smart cities plans.
Andrew Therriault joined the City of Boston as its first Chief Data Officer in 2016, after serving as Director of Data Science for the Democratic National Committee. He received his PhD in political science from NYU in 2011 and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Vanderbilt, and more recently served as editor of “Data and Democracy: How Political Data Science is Shaping the 2016 Elections” (O’Reilly Media). Therriault leads Boston’s Analytics Team, a group that is a nationally-recognized leader in using data science to improve city operations and make progress in critical areas such as public safety, transportation, citizen engagement, and public health.
Chris Castro is an award winning sustainability professional, eco-entrepreneur, and community organizer with a passion for accelerating the transition to a smart, resilient and sustainable future. Chris is most notably known for his work as the founder and president of IDEAS For Us, an international nonprofit and United Nations accredited organization working to develop, fund, and scale environmental solutions around the World; and co-creator of the renowned ‘Fleet Farming’ urban agriculture program that started in Orlando.
Among some of his recognition, Chris has been called the ‘Guru of Green’ by the Orlando Business Journal, selected as a GreenBiz ‘30 Under 30’ sustainability professional in the U.S., and recognized as a ‘Grist 50 Fixer’, one of the top 50 emerging sustainability leaders around the World.
Chris is currently the Director of Sustainability and Co-chair of the Smart Cities initiative for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando. In his role at the City, he works to develop cross-sector partnerships, policies, and programs that support the sustainability, energy, and climate-related goals of the “Green Works Orlando” initiative.
Over the last 10 years, Chris has consulted for governments, academia, business chambers, companies, nonprofits and communities to implement sustainability projects that include a wide variety of topics, specifically smart cities, solar energy development, building efficiency, electric vehicles, local food systems, water quality, ecological restorations and more.
In 2012, Chris co-founded a clean energy consulting and development firm called Citizen Energy, specializing in custom clean energy solutions for small and mid-sized commercial and multifamily buildings in Florida and the Greater Washington DC-area. Chris also sits on several nonprofit boards, including the US Green Building Council of Florida (USGBC-FL), Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (FGCC), Florida Renewable Energy Association (FREA), FL Solar United Neighborhoods (FL SUN), and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. Chris also recently joined the Advisory Board for the Orlando Science Center, University of Central Florida’s clean energy research institute known as the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), and the Valencia College’s Engineering and Computer Science department.
Chris holds a B.S. Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Energy & Sustainability from the University of Central Florida and has several technical certifications including LEED accreditation.
Jeff Stovall joined the City of Charlotte as its first Chief Information Officer in 2008 and is responsible for leading the City’s Innovation and Technology department. In his tenure, he consolidated divisional IT organizations into a new City department, directed the City’s technology preparations for the successful Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, implemented a significant modernization of legacy applications and infrastructure, and moved the City to embrace mobile, social and cloud-based systems. Prior to this first role in government, Mr. Stovall worked within the manufacturing and telecommunication services industries in multiple functions.
Mr. Stovall has been recognized as the CIO of the Year in Non-Profit/Government by the Charlotte Business Journal, by the North Carolina Technology Association as the Public Sector CIO of the Year, by ComputerWorld as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders, by InformationWeek as one of the top 50 CIOs in local, state and federal government, and as one of the 50 Most Important African Americans In Technology by eAccess Corporation. Mr. Stovall received his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bob Bennett became the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in January 2016 after a 25-year career in the US Army. He leads the Smart City initiatives, a suite of projects including data analysis, Public Wi-Fi, digital kiosk installation, and smart lighting programs in the city’s downtown core. Kansas City’s initiatives earned an Edison Award (Gold) for “Collective Disruption” and civic innovation in 2017. Bob is currently working on plans to extend Smart City infrastructure throughout the 318 miles of KCMO with an emphasis on Digital Inclusion.
Dr. Ted Lehr is part of Austin’s Smart City team, advising on technology, business partnerships and the use of data for better services, more open government, and development of opportunities for entrepreneurs and other private sector entities. Ted is also the staff member leading the Mayor’s Office’s White House TechHire workforce initiative, and is facilitating or participating in several university-industry-city research collaborations. Dr. Lehr lectures in Computer Science at Texas State University where, in 2015, Texas State recognized him as an Outstanding Part-Time Faculty for the quality of his teaching and research outreach. In 2017, he was designated a “Favorite Professor” by the honor students at Texas State. He has over 20 years of experience in the private sector in large and small companies. Having published over 20 refereed articles, he often speaks on conference panels regarding open data, entrepreneurship, research and smart cities. Ted received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Andrew Buss is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Innovation Management within Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology. Aligned closely with the City’s Chief Administrative Officer, the Innovation Management group focuses on developing capacity for innovation within municipal government and finding ways to make technology available, accessible, and meaningful to the public. Most recently, Andrew and his team developed an Academy for Municipal Innovation in collaboration with a local university, designed and opened a municipally-operated Innovation Lab, and launched an Innovation Fund to resource pilot projects. The Innovation Management team is now focused on using the City’s increased capacity for innovation to explore an in-government innovation consulting model.
The Innovation Management group also focuses on digital literacy and equity in Philadelphia, and Andrew directed Philadelphia’s implementation of a citywide network of 77 technology-enabled community centers funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The team’s current work in the digital equity space includes managing the Digital Literacy Alliance, a cross-institutional advisory group tasked with funding innovation and identifying best practices in digital literacy. Before joining government, Andrew earned a graduate Degree in Geography from Temple University in Philadelphia and continues to teach there in various roles.
Washington D.C.’s Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli oversees the district’s central technology agency comprising of over 670 staff delivering services to 33,000 employees and district residents. This includes a state-of-the-art municipal broadband network with a 100-gig core, connecting 650 government buildings, serving government customers, the non-profit community and delivering free wi-fi in the city.
She has established D.C. as a global leader in Smart City innovation, worked to improve efficiency and productivity of the District 40,000+ workforce, and champions progressive programs to ensure all residents have equitable access to city services. She co-chairs the Council of Global City CIOs.
Archana was the recipient of the Washingtonian Tech Titan Award (2017), StateScoop’s Golden Executive of the Year Award (2017), StateScoop’s Top Women in Tech Award (2017), D.C. Top 50 Women in Tech Award (2017), StateScoop’s 50 Up and Comer Award (2016) and Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business (2015) award.
Ms. Vemulapalli has a master’s degree in Leadership from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Telecommunications & Network Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mayor Brian Arrigo is a fourth-generation, lifelong resident of the City of Revere. He was elected Mayor in an upset victory in November 2015, defeating an incumbent Mayor by promising significant reforms to professionalize and modernize city government.
In his first 18 months in office, Mayor Arrigo has overseen a number of important reforms and initiatives in Revere. The City commissioned a Human Resources report to address HR deficiencies, and instituted its first Human Resources department, after years of being the largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without one. His administration established the Substance Use Disorder Initiatives office, becoming one of the Commonwealth’s leaders in focused efforts toward tackling the opioid crisis. The City has also invested in the creation of a 311 customer service system, which will launch in October 2017, and partnered with the cutting-edge StreetScan program to put together a comprehensive, transparent plan for the future repair of city streets.
Mayor Eugene W. Grant was elected to serve a fourth term making him the longest serving mayor in the history of Seat Pleasant. Serving more than 30 years in non-profit community development and city governance, Mayor Grant leads with a results-oriented approach. Mayor Grant is leading the charge to move the City of Seat Pleasant towards becoming a Smart City, which delivers better, faster and more personalized City services to its citizens. Due to the Mayor’s efforts, Seat Pleasant is on target to become the first Smart City in the State of Maryland by 2017. In 1989, Grant founded Global Developmental Services for Youth, Inc., (“GDSY”) an international non-profit organization impacting youth worldwide. Under Grant’s continued leadership, GDSY has mentored over 3,000 children internationally, developing their mental, physical and social skills.
Mayor Grant currently serves on numerous boards and committees including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Stop The Violence Campaign, Advisory Board for the African American Mayors Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and numerous others. He serves also as the Chairman of the Maryland Black Mayor’s Community Development Corporation, Treasurer of the Maryland Municipal League, and President of the Prince George’s County Municipal Association.
Gordon Feller is Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds, a global thought leadership network and knowledge-sharing platform focused on the future of sustainable cities, innovation and technology. Gordon also serves as a consultant to Cisco focused on Internet of Things and Talent. Gordon has worked in the area of emerging technology for three decades, most recently consulting on projects which harness the power of data for solving complex problems. From 2010-2016, Feller was the Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, Feller was the CEO of Urban Age Institute.
He has advised on economic and technology issues with leaders of multinational companies, cities, NGOs, foundations, and national governments. Clients have included The World Bank, UN, German and Canadian governments, The Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, Reuters, Metropolis, United Cities & Local Governments, among others. Gordon advises leaders on harnessing the power of advanced technologies which can enable them to solve complex problems with a special focus on practical solutions where economics, technology, and sustainability intersect. He has published hundreds of articles including in CFO Magazine, Urban Land Magazine, TIME, Financial Times. He was appointed as an Abe Fellow by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
Jesse came to the smart city sector from the smart grid where he was one of the pioneering thought leaders and chief analyst of SmartGridNews.com, the Internet’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked smart grid site. Prior to that he was a well-known technology analyst and featured columnist at leading magazines, including Computerworld, InformationWeek and PC Week. Working with Ziff-Davis, he launched ZDNet AnchorDesk, which became the publishing company’s most popular and profitable Internet property. Convinced that smart energy is the foundation of a smart, ICT-enabled city, it was a natural transition for Jesse to launch the Smart Cities Council and engage some of the world’s most respected technology companies to work with him toward a more livable, workable and sustainable future.
Gregory Curtin, Ph.D., JD, Founder and CEO of CivicConnect, pioneered the use of technology and data to transform the public sector and is now regarded as a revolutionary technology entrepreneur. Having spent many years as a public school teacher, a professor at the University of Southern California and a municipal government attorney, Dr. Curtin brings deep knowledge and passion for the public sector to his vision for digital governance.
Dr. Curtin is accredited for his work as a Senior Fellow at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and serves as a Charter Member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. During his 10-year tenure with the United Nations Global E-Government Survey and Report, Curtin served as the principle investigator and one of its senior contributors. He founded and directed the E-Governance Collaborative Program at the University of Southern California Bedrosian Center, and started the Journal of E-Government peer-review. Authoring work throughout the evolution of smart cities, Dr. Curtin published Free the Data: E-Governance for Megaregions and The World of E-Government.
Philip is dedicated to using skill-full means to improve the lives of others. In March of 2016, he launched the Council’s Compassionate Cities’ initiative, an effort to increase awareness of how already deployed technologies can be extended to the disadvantaged.
The primary objective of Compassionate Cities is to innovate to include. By applying smart technologies – from data analytics to artificial intelligence to social media – cities, nonprofits and other stakeholders can effectively improve the living conditions for all – just through extending the reach of these technologies. There are four main areas of focus: Food and Water, Shelter, Wellness and Upward Mobility.
Philip and the Compassionate Cities team research existing applications to discover and publish best practices – demonstrating how the intersection of compassion and technology is reducing suffering around the world. Publication channels include social media, the Council’s website, and an email newsletter.
Philip held senior, global positions in sales, operations, and law. He was an Army Ranger while in the military, completed 200 hours of Vinyasa Yoga Training and is now studying to be a Zen Buddhist Chaplain for sustainability at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, N.M. with a focus on homelessness.
Bas Boorsma currently serves as Cisco’s Digitization leader in North Europe. In this role, he orchestrates Cisco’s regional efforts that allow for the digitization of Cisco customer operations, partner operations and Cisco itself. Bas has a rich background as a City Digitization Specialist. In that capacity, he has managed a portfolio of smart city endeavors globally.
Bas has coordinated and overseen the implementation of innovative projects and programs that address the ways we work, live, consume, play, learn and deliver within the context of cities. Typical innovations delivered or currently being worked on include Smart Light, Smart mobility solutions, Street Digitization, City Digital Platform, Digital Ceiling, Smart Work Centers, Learning Hubs, Smart Ports, high-end broadband deployment as well as the architectures and service models that will help drive the digitization of society at large. Bas is the author of “A New Digital Deal” (September 2017) – www.anewdigitaldeal.com.
Kelsey Finch is Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum. Her projects at FPF include smart cities and smart communities, big data research ethics, de-identification, and consumer wellness and wearables.
Before coming to FPF, Kelsey was an inaugural Westin Fellow at the IAPP, where she produced practical research on a range of privacy topics and edited the FTC Privacy Casebook. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, with a concentration in Intellectual Property & Information Law.
Utilities are taking advantage of technologies such as smart grids and IoT to offer alternatives for how energy is generated, supplied and consumed. Cities are contributing to this transformation by requiring renewable energy, promoting demand reduction and advancing transportation electrification. This session will examine how collaboration between city departments and local energy utilities can leverage resources and facilitate comprehensive smart city planning and implementation.
Terry Yates has more than 25 years of experience in voice, data and security systems within North Carolina Local Government. His staff are responsible for Cary’s business, traffic, scada and public safety networks. This includes enterprise servers, storage and an extensive fiber optic and wireless network connecting Town facilities and traffic signals. He is directly responsible for the Town’s mobility program and license agreements with telecommunications and wireless providers and is involved with the North Carolina Triangle Region’s Google and AT&T Gigabit Broadband projects. Terry has led various multi-million dollar projects and is now focused on Smart Cities initiatives for Cary. He has served on various appointed boards, task forces and committees and is a Certified NC Government Chief Information Officer.
Andrew Burr is a Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, and co-lead for DOE’s Better Communities Alliance, a key initiative to strengthen the ability of American cities and counties nationwide to achieve their energy and economic goals. He was previously director of policy for the Institute for Market Transformation, a nonprofit energy efficiency advocacy organization, where he launched and co-directed the City Energy Project, a $20 million initiative to advance clean energy progress in many of the nation’s largest cities. He previously held positions in corporate marketing at CoStar Group, a global real estate information, and technology company. Andrew has been quoted by national media including the New York Times, USA Today, and Governing Magazine, and has presented internationally on U.S. clean energy policymaking in Europe and China.
Ken Clark is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Indianapolis & Marion County. In his current role, Clark is responsible for leading and managing a complex portfolio of IT infrastructure, applications, processes and projects that support the strategic and tactical needs of the over 45 City and County agencies and departments. Mr. Clark also served as CFO and COO of the IT agency.
Prior to working for the City and County, Mr. Clark was a senior consultant with Crowe Horwath LLP where he managed government consulting projects including the modernization of metered parking at the City of Indianapolis, the creation of a cost tracking model for the Marion County Information Services Agency, and the implementation of a proof of concept for public safety data exchanges at the State of Indiana. Mr. Clark holds a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Jennifer Robinson has served as a Councilwoman for the Town of Cary since 1999. She believes that elected officials are most impactful when they employ visionary thinking and a strong resolve to get things done. Jennifer places a priority on having forward-thinking planning, environmental stewardship, and excellent infrastructure, services and amenities. With a focus on protecting the quality of her community, she hopes that the work done today will ensure that Cary is a premier place to live for future generations. In addition to serving on the Council, Jennifer works for SAS, a data management and analytics company. As Director of Local Government Solutions for SAS, she helps cities use analytics to be more efficient and serve their citizens more effectively.
Eric Coffman is head of the Office of Energy and Sustainability within the Montgomery County Department of General Services. OES focuses on reducing the environmental footprint of County operations through renewable energy purchasing, energy efficiency, greening government initiatives. OES is also responsible for coordinating these issues amongst County Departments and Agencies. Eric joined DGS to establish OES after seven years with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. While with DEP, Eric was responsible for overseeing a wide array of energy and greenhouse gas reduction programs. His broader background includes private and public sector experience with energy, water, forest conservation, environmental health and safety, outreach, communications, energy financing, and other activities. Eric is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Procurement Professional and a United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.
Through the responsible use of civic data, the Smart Cities and Open Data movements promise to spark innovation and engagement, promote inclusivity, and transform modern communities. At the same time, new connected technologies, advanced analytics, and re-identification science have made it more challenging than ever to effectively safeguard individual privacy. In this fireside chat, city and privacy experts will discuss emerging frameworks for addressing privacy challenges so that today’s cities can be both smart and open.
Should city leaders use happiness as a city indicator? If so, how is happiness measured and how can public officials contribute to it? Join city leaders, thought leaders and solution providers in discussing the new, evolving science of happiness and well-being to make cities more livable, workable and sustainable.
Join practitioners for a lively discussion about how city and state agencies are improving transportation options, quality of life and sustainability through investments in public transportation infrastructure. Speakers will address the planning, financing and public private partnerships that make public transit work for their communities.
At Verizon, our goal is to improve the quality of life for people living in cities around the world and increase the ways and efficiency in which cities operate. It’s not just about smart technology, connectivity or applications; it starts with a focus on the people and their basic wants and needs. We partner with each city to design infrastructure, systems and processes that elevate the way they provide services in new and cost-effective ways.
This workshop is open to North American local and state government officials only. It will feature a detailed review of the application, benefits, and award process. Smart Cities Council Partners will also be on hand to mentor cities on their applications. Full details on the 2018 Readiness Challenge are available here: www.smartcitiescouncil.com/scc-2018-readiness-challenge-info
EY has a network of highly skilled professionals from assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, dedicated to serving government, public and private sector organizations. We focus on improving city resilience and creating better outcomes for citizens.
LimeBike is a U.S.-based company with a mission to revolutionize mobility and empower residents in cities and colleges nationwide. By utilizing modern mobile and wireless technologies, LimeBike’s dockless “smart bikes” are used conjointly with the LimeBike app, available for iPhone and Android. The rider unlocks the bike with their phone and off they go — $1 per 30 minutes, and without geographic limitation. LimeBike is flexible and responds to each cities specific needs. We take pride in playing an active part in every community we launch and operate.
RadioLocus a technology company provides offerings to its customers :
1. A comprehensive analytics solution – To understand people movement and engagement pattern in indoor and outdoor locations.
2. Hyperlocal media cloud platform – To distribute rich digital content without the need for an app, internet or mobile network.
IKE (Interactive Kiosk Experience) is a communication platform created to help cities connect citizens and visitors with information and resources in dynamic new ways. Employing outdoor touchscreen displays, IKE is a self-sustaining platform that provides a meaningful recurring revenue stream and requires no capital or operational investment from our partners.
Mapbox is the location data platform for mobile and web applications. We provide building blocks to add location features like maps, search, and navigation into any experience you create.
We’re changing the way people move around cities and explore our world. Through the apps Mapbox powers, we reach more than 300 million people each month.
Peter Murray was born and raised in New York, New York and earned a Masters of Business in Information Technology from Fordham University. His Major was Utilizing, Technology for Competitive Advantage. He received his BA from Rutgers College where he majored in Communications and Minored in Parties.
He is the Co-Chair of the Network Infrastructure Task Force between the Smart Cities Council and the Wireless Infrastructure Association.
He has been General or Regional Manager at Verizon, MCI, Level 3, and Telcove. He currently is the Executive Director of the Social Think Tank, Dense Networks where he facilitates content, events, and education for The Social Think Tank. As part of the Dense Networks Programs he also provides consulting services for complex projects and initiatives. He focuses most of his work in Florida and the Caribbean because he is not dumb and hates the cold.
He has taught E Commerce and Technology for Competitive Advantage at Temple University and helped develop the Entrepreneurial program at the Community College of Philadelphia.
At CCP, he taught Intro to IT and Intro to Business to inner city youth and probably learned more there than anywhere else he’s been. He has 3 children that text him when they need money.
Neill is Smart Cities Lead in the IoT team at the GSMA. He has over 10 years experience of building M2M and IoT services and ecosystems within both mobile network operators programmes such as the rollout of smart meters and smart grid, introduction of connectivity for the first connected cars and development of several IoT strategies and standards for the home and city. At the GSMA, he has worked on guides to smart city services including crowd management, streetlighting and traffic management, and helped leading mobile operators build their smart city strategies.
Russ Brooks is the Director of Smart Cities for Transportation for America. Last year, Russ launched the Smart Cities Collaborative bringing together 16 cities to explore how technology can improve urban mobility and tackle the challenges related to implementing smart city policies and projects. Cities in the Collaborative receive direct technical assistance, launch pilot projects and share best practices with the rest of the collaborative to drive best practices across the country.
Before Smart Cities, Russ was T4America’s Deputy Director and also founded the Urbanful project, a startup launched to support small-batch manufacturers and local businesses with profits going to support Smart Growth America’s work. Prior to joining T4America, Russ served as the National Director for CABT, an organization focused on freight and highway safety, and was responsible for strategizing, planning and implementing their state and federal policy agenda as well as managing the organization’s field staff.
Tom Steyer is a business leader and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to give back and help ensure that every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate.
In 2010, Tom and his wife, Kat Taylor, pledged to contribute most of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes. That same year, Tom worked to defeat Proposition 23, an attempt by the oil industry to roll back California’s historic plan to reduce pollution and address climate change.
In 2012, Tom led a campaign to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California schools annually by closing a corporate tax loophole. To date, Proposition 39 has put nearly a billion dollars into California schools and clean energy projects, saving millions of dollars in annual energy costs.
Tom founded a successful California business, which he left to work full-time on non-profit and advocacy efforts. He now serves as President of NextGen Climate, an organization he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans. Tom also serves as co-chair of Save Lives California, the coalition to prevent teen smoking and fund cancer research.
Tom’s dedication to public service is greatly inspired by his wife, Kat, the co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank in Oakland. They founded this nonprofit community bank in 2007 to provide loans to people and small businesses shut out by the traditional banking system. Unlike most banks, by statute Beneficial State Bank invests any profits back into the community.
Tom and Kat live in San Francisco and have four children.
Reimund Schwarze is head of the research group on “climate change and extreme events” at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Frankfurt/Oder. He graduated in the field of economics at the University of Berlin in 1984.
Throughout 1985-1988, he worked for the Environmental Protection Agency of Germany in Berlin. He had various research fellowship in the U.S., among them the Institute for International Studies (IIS) of Stanford University (1999/2000), the University of Pennsylvania (2008) and the environmental think tank “Resources for the Future“, Washington D.C. (2014).
He is the author of several books and journal papers on Climate Change Policy and Natural Hazards Economics and has served as an expert for public hearings on climate change and extreme events of the German Parliament and the German Ministry of Environmental Affairs. He coordinated the EU FP 7 project “Cost of Natural Hazards” at UFZ and is an executive board member of the German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction (DKKV).
Reimund Schwarze is leading author of the chapter “Urban resilience finance and economics” in the 2nd Assessment Report “Climate Change in Cities” (ARC3.2) of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). Jointly with Dr. Stephan Bartke he coordinates the US-German expert platform www.de-us.net. This network of young and senior professionals interested in “Future Cities” facilitates the exchange of ideas as well as the access to expert knowledge and markets in Germany and the United States.
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David Rouse is the Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. In this capacity he leads APA’s applied research programs, including the Planning Advisory Service and the three National Centers for Planning: Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health. David is active in APA’s Smart Cities and Sustainable Cities initiative, focusing on the implications of autonomous vehicle technology for cities and regions. Prior to joining APA he was a principal at the firm WRT in Philadelphia. David is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a registered landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in community planning and design.
Tammy served as Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the 9th largest city in the nation and as Emergency Logistics Chief during the 2007 Witch Creek Fires that raged for 17 days and destroyed over 2000 homes. Under her leadership, the City consolidated its warehouse operations, centralized all purchasing and contracting operations, and moved to a more customer focused approach. Now, as the Executive Director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP), she is passionate about helping government and supplier clients take their cooperative procurement strategy to the next level. As a keynote speaker, trainer and procurement consultant, Tammy strives to motivate and recognize great government teams across the nation and support their efforts in solving tough procurement problems.
With a Master’s degree in Public Administration, she also has a past corporate world experience and years of selling experience of a myriad of products and services – including electricity from a utilities company, computer systems for businesses, and even horses and wine. Yep, that last part was right…even wine! Tammy has the unique perspective of working in three different worlds – corporate, government and entrepreneurial.
Jean Rice is a Senior Broadband Program Specialist for the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program. Ms. Rice focuses on the development of new broadband initiatives for local, state and tribal governments as well as planning and implementation efforts for Smart Cities projects. Prior to joining BroadbandUSA, she managed tribal, state and rural infrastructure projects for the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) and lead efforts on key issues impacting broadband deployment, open access, deployment in rural and tribal areas and sustainability. Ms. Rice is a member of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program (NTRID) Smart Cities and Communities Task Force. With a passion for telecommunications and broadband, Ms. Rice has worked with many stakeholders to expand broadband access and has been a primary author of several broadband related publications. Prior to joining NTIA, Ms. Rice was the CEO of a telecommunications consulting firm where she lead efforts for cities and states around the country to develop telecommunications regulations and policy and worked on broadband planning and deployment projects. She also was a Senior municipal consultant for the New York State Commission on Cable Television and served as a new technologies officer for NTIA. She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she focused on telecommunications.
Commissioner Powell was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed in June 2016; bringing expertise in sustainable infrastructure management and utility operations, she has worked in both the public and private sectors to successfully serve municipalities across the United States and London, England. Since her appointment, she has worked to set the strategic direction of the Department of Watershed Management, including a focus on infrastructure reliability and financial resilience. Under her leadership as a designated Global Water Leader, the Department was recently recognized in the inaugural class of Leading Utilities of the World during the Global Water Summit in Madrid, Spain in April 2017.
Her water industry leadership roles include her service on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Governing Board of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District on behalf of Mayor Kasim Reed, the management committee for the US Water Alliance’s Value of Water Campaign and a member of the Water Agency Leaders Alliance; a group of 17 water utility executives working to address water sector equity issues nationally.
Commissioner Powell is a Professional Engineer as well as a certified Collection System Operator. Throughout her career, she has maintained a strong sense of ethics and has distinguished herself as a leader, blending global reach, local knowledge, strategic thinking, and technical excellence to deliver solutions that create, enhance and sustain the built, natural and social environments.
Ben joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2009. He specializes in the development, validation, and application of energy analysis approaches for individual buildings and collections of buildings. He has developed and applied software testing approaches for residential audit tools and associated utility bill calibration methods, methods for calculating life-cycle-cost-optimal retrofit packages, and approaches for analyzing measured energy consumption to estimate retrofit energy savings and improve software prediction accuracy. Ben’s current research interests also include zero energy buildings and neighborhoods, urban energy design and optimization, and inverse design of buildings systems and materials. He has an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Mary Ann Piette, LBNL, Mary Ann Piette is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Director of both the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division and the Demand Response Research Center. She leads LBNL’s building technology and system integration research covering efficient components, controls, benchmarking and simulation. She is leading multi-lab research activities to understand opportunities to reduce energy use in cities, pilot new approaches, and accelerate innovation. Mary Ann has been a scientist at LBNL for over 30 years conducting research on low-energy and demand response technologies for buildings. She has authored over 150 papers on efficiency and demand response.
Dr. Ralph T. Muehleisen is the Principal Building Scientist and Building Energy Decision and Technology (BEDTR) Group Leader and Urban Science and Engineering Program Lead in the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory. At Argonne, Ralph leads research and development in new technologies, advanced modeling, and decision making to improve the energy efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency of the built environment. Ralph holds a joint staff appointment in the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
As Director of Innovation for the City of New York, Jeff’s work focuses on leveraging innovative approaches and smart city technologies to advance Mayor de Blasio’s equity agenda and achieve the ambitious goals set forth in the Plan for One New York. He holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University and more than 15 years of leadership experience driving social change in the public sector. Key highlights include helping organize the first entirely online public election in U.S. history; laying the groundwork for the world’s largest, fastest municipal Wi-Fi network; orchestrating the launch and roll-out of the world’s largest city top-level domain; and leading the creation and adoption of new guidelines and tools to promote the responsible and equitable expansion of the Internet of Things.
Jacob Levenson founded MAP Health Management, LLC in 2011, and has passionately served as Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Like many Americans, Levenson has witnessed the impact of addiction and understands the emotional and financial devastation of the chronic disease. Motivated to improve overall treatment outcomes, Levenson designed MAP’s algorithmic predictive model which led to the successful development of a consolidated population health management solution accessible to all segments of healthcare.
Levenson strives to improve the lives of millions of individuals and families. He has established MAP as the nation’s leader in the provision of technology to improve clinical and financial treatment outcomes for treatment providers and health care consumers. MAP is driven to optimize the care continuum and its data suggests that this is the foundation to improving healthcare delivery in this country. The MAP Recovery Network Behavioral Health Population Management Platform is the result of Levenson’s solutions-oriented ambition. Levenson is also a Board Member at The Levenson Foundation and a founding member of Tri-Private Capital.
Lani Ingram is the Vice President of Smart Communities and IoT Platforms at Verizon. She leads the digital transformation of cities, universities and venues. She has been focused on driving economic growth, enabling environmental sustainability, and enhancing the quality of life for citizens, students, and fans across the country. Her team develops an array of smart solutions that focus on citizen engagement and efficiencies in areas such as lighting, traffic congestion, and public safety. In addition, Lani is encouraging innovation by leveraging IoT Platforms to enable entrepreneurs in cities to develop solutions for their own communities.
Prior to Verizon, Lani was at Cisco where she spent nearly a decade as a pioneer developing the Smart Communities industry on a global scale. With her many years in finance and strategy, she has implemented several new business models and has driven investments, joint ventures, and strategic alliances with a wide array of cities and ecosystem partners.
Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He directs Data-Smart City Solutions, the Project on Municipal Innovation, the Civic Analytics Network and Operational Excellence in Government. Previously, he served as the Deputy Mayor of NY and the Mayor of Indianapolis. His most recent book is The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.
Newsha Ghaeli is a Research Associate at MIT and Co-founder of Biobot Analytics, a company that helps cities assess the opioid epidemic locally and evaluate the efficacy of programmatic response by measuring opioid concentrations in sewage. Biobot is a spin-off of a research collaboration between the MIT Senseable City Lab & Alm Lab, where Newsha and her team developed methods to extract population health indicators from wastewater.
An architect by training, Newsha has collaborated on work with the United Nations Climate Change Summit, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Cities. Currently, Newsha is the curator of the WEF Global Shapers Boston Hub: a group of individuals under the age of 30 dedicated to promoting social change in their communities.
Dominie Garcia leads Battelle’s Smart Cities Program, bringing a combination of strategy, planning, organization design, and connected and smart systems expertise to the growing smart cities community. She has spent much of the last decade working with the USDOT, as well as commercial and regional organizations in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, and connected vehicle research, development, and deployment. Dr. Garcia has been engaged in the smart cities community for the past several years, participating in many of the nascent working groups and industry collaborations to define the smart city ecosystem and begin the process of envisioning, planning, building coalitions, and preparing for deployments of smart city technologies. Smart cities and their related technologies will produce step changes in
Smart cities and their related technologies will produce step changes in improvement of citizen services and address many livability, workability, and sustainability challenges. At Battelle, Dr. Garcia is focused on the organization’s central role in the Smart Columbus project, as well as bringing Battelle’s full suite of capabilities in transportation and mobility, health and environmental sciences, data analytics, and cyber security to bear on smart cities projects around the country. She holds a PhD in systems engineering and organizational design from Georgia Tech, as well as an MBA from Babson College and BA from Vassar College.
Jordan Davis is the Director of Smart Cities at the Columbus Partnership. Instrumental in the City of Columbus’ winning U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities Challenge Grant, Jordan serves on the leadership team spearheading the strategy and collaboration for the joint venture of Smart Columbus. During her time at the Partnership she has led the member and community affairs portfolio, curating educational leadership programs for the Region’s top business leaders. Additionally, she helped to reinvent the town-gown relationship with The Ohio State University, incepting Columbus’ Student Engagement Strategy, a first of its kind initiative focused on retaining students post graduation. Outside of the Partnership, Jordan is three-term Chair of the Create Columbus Commission; Co-founder and Director of the Central Ohio Leadership Academy; and member of the board for the Columbus Crew SC Foundation and Columbus School for Girls.
At CTG, Meghan Cook leads multi sector and interdisciplinary innovation initiatives that build capability in public sector organizations and agencies throughout the world. Through a unique and collaborative process, Meghan works side by side with international, federal, state and local government leaders to produce new knowledge and actionable results. With over 20 years of experience working on public sector innovation efforts, Meghan is considered an expert in digital government transformation. Meghan is also an Adjunct Professor at Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and Affiliate Faculty at Albany Law School.
Meghan was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from Excelsior College and the Chancellor’s Award from the State University of New York (SUNY) for her work with government and community leaders. She has published numerous research and practice articles detailing how organizational capabilities, information policies, management practices, and technology choices intersect to shape government operations and services. She also serves as a reviewer for journals and conferences and presides in many advisory roles including advisor to the NYS Local Government IT Directors Association and analyst for Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).
Dominique Bonte, Managing Director and Vice President, leads ABI Research’s end markets research team, which covers intelligent transportation, automotive, smart mobility, smart home, smart healthcare, industrial internet, enterprise, smart cities and retail. Personal focus areas include telematics, autonomous vehicles, connected cars, cybersecurity, in-vehicle infotainment, navigation, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) and cooperative systems, usage-based insurance, fleet management, and asset tracking.
Dominique’s background comprises a wealth of telco and mobile device applications experience. He previously worked for Orange and BT in Belgium and held a variety of positions at consumer/industrial technology companies, assuming roles in product management and market research and intelligence. He later started his own company in software consulting for mobile devices, where he acquired extensive experience in mobile satellite navigation software.
Dominique holds an MS in Electronics Engineering from the University of Leuven and earned several marketing and business degrees.
Kevin Bingham is a Managing Director in Deloitte Consulting’s Actuarial, Risk and Analytics practice and co-chair of the Casualty Actuarial Society’s Innovation Council. He has over 25 years of industry experience, including 20 years in consulting. His work involves consulting for the insurance, healthcare, and public sectors. The complex problems appearing during the course of his work experience has provided Kevin with dynamic research opportunities leading to the development of articles and presentations addressing important industry issues. To date, Mr. Bingham has published almost 80 articles/papers and spoken at over 100 events.
Kevin is deeply committed to helping win the battle against opioid abuse and addiction. He is a frequent speaker on the topic and his article titles include: “The Opioid Abuse Epidemic – Turning the Tide”, “The Challenging Task of Stemming Opioid Abuse”, “10 Strategies to Combat Rx Abuse Epidemic – An Insurer’s Perspective – Examining TFAH’s Report and Considerations for Insurers”, “Winning the War Against Opioid Addiction”, “The Challenging Task of Stemming Opioid Abuse – A Call to Action: Educate Everyone”, “Fighting the Opioid Crisis – An Ecosystem Approach to a Wicked Problem”, and “How to Help Reverse the Opioid Epidemic.”
Jeff McLeod is director of the Homeland Security & Public Safety (HSPS) Division at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. In this role, he directs research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and resource development for the division. Through policy academies, learning collaboratives, and other engagements with states, the HSPS Division provides direct support to governors and their staff in developing data-driven, evidence-based solutions to critical policy challenges. Areas of focus for the division include cybersecurity, homeland security, emergency communications, traffic safety and autonomous vehicles, sentencing and corrections, juvenile justice, opioid abuse, and public health preparedness. In partnership with the NGA Center’s Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, Mr. McLeod also co-leads NGA’s Smarts States Initiative. He assists state policymakers with strategic planning and implementation; regularly leads policy summits and workshops for governors’ senior-most advisors and other state executives, and has testified before Congress and state legislative bodies.
Before serving as director, Mr. McLeod directed the HSPS division’s program on criminal justice and public safety. Prior to joining the NGA Center, Mr. McLeod worked as an attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and taught middle school in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nicole DuPuis is the Principal Associate for Urban Innovation in the Center for City Solutions at the National League of Cities. Her areas of expertise include infrastructure, transportation, technology, telecommunications and urban innovation. Throughout her career in urban policy she has published several articles and contributed to numerous research reports on these topics. She is also a regular contributor to NLC’s blog, CitiesSpeak, on a variety of infrastructure and urban innovation topics. Follow Nicole on Twitter @nicolemdupuis
The National League of Cities (NLC) is the nation’s leading advocacy organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. Through its membership and partnerships with state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource and advocate for more than 19,000 cities and towns and more than 218 million Americans. NLC’s Center for City Solutions and Applied Research provides research and analysis on key topics and trends important to cities, creative solutions to improve the quality of life in communities, inspiration and ideas for local officials to use in tackling tough issues, and opportunities for city leaders to connect with peers, share experiences and learn about innovative approaches in cities.
Andrey is a lifelong technology executive with deep expertise in delivering innovations in both governmental and commercial sectors. Since 2011, Andrey has served as Deputy CIO of Moscow, after he was engaged by the government of Russia to lead an Electronic Government initiative in 2010.
Prior to public services, Andrey was improving Project Management Practices in Russia in multiple executive roles, also as VP, Project Management Institute, Moscow Branch.
In his current position, Andrey is responsible for implementing informational systems in all spheres of urban life with special focus on Smart City projects.
Adam has spent more than 20 years influencing infrastructure and urban regeneration projects across the world. In this time, he has worked for global consulting firms, as well as transformational non-profit organisations. For the past seven years, he has supported the building of movements and marketplaces for sustainable cities. Most recently, as Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts, a Portland-based non-profit think tank, Adam was central to the design of
Most recently, as Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts, a Portland-based non-profit think tank, Adam was central to the design of new model of sustainable urban regeneration that was built using a collective impact framework. From 2009, as Executive Director of the Green Building Council of Australia, Adam’s work was focused on designing tools and assessment systems for accelerating and benchmarking sustainable city projects and infrastructure development.
Gabriel Auteri serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Baltimore City Health Department, the oldest, continuously-operating health department in the United States, formed in 1793, when the governor appointed the city’s first health officers in response to a yellow fever outbreak in the Fells Point neighborhood. During the more than 220 years since then, The City Health Department has been working to improve the health and well-being of Baltimore residents. BCHD strives to make Baltimore a city where all residents realize their full health potential.
Mr. Auteri directly oversees the agency’s legislative affairs and overdose portfolios and, in addition to having some programmatic responsibilities, he assists the Commissioner and Chief of Staff in the oversight of the $130 million, 800 person agency. He is an attorney and former educator, and received is JD/MBA from American University and his BA and MAT from Drew University. educator, and received is JD/MBA from American University and his BA and MAT from Drew University.
Charles Kelley is a senior architect in the Portland office of ZGF Architects with more than 32 years of experience. He brings an interdisciplinary approach to design that incorporates community aspirations and the use of natural and financial resources to reach a balanced solution for institutions and municipalities. Charles speaks regularly on the value of integrated design to leverage multiple objectives across mobility, watershed, energy, water, land use, and open space systems, which contribute to resilient neighborhoods.
He is a founding member of the 1% for Green Committee at the City of Portland, a founding member of the non-profit Ecodistricts, lead designer for Portland’s We Build Green Cities export program, and founding advisor to Maalka Inc. He is currently working on the Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City Innovation Campus Plan in Chiba Prefecture Japan, The Wakaba District Plan in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture Japan, and the Central SoMa Restorative City Assessment, San Francisco, CA.
Charles has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Master of Architecture with a Certificate of Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Nico Larco is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a nationally and internationally awarded, multidisciplinary organization that focuses on sustainability issues as they relate to the built environment. Professor Larco’s research focus is on sustainable urban design and how technological advances are changing city form and development. He recently developed the Sustainable Urban Design Framework that organizes the range of urban design elements and approaches related to sustainability.
Professor Larco has received numerous national and international awards for his work and was recently a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Spain. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Urban Design, the Journal of Urbanism, and the Journal of Architecture and Planning Research. His work has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Forbes, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Financial Times of London. He is a licensed architect and has worked professionally in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, and Development.
A veteran leader in the environmental movement, Carl Pope is the former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club. He is now the principal advisor at Inside Straight Strategies, focusing on the links between sustainability and economic development, and serves as a senior climate advisor to Michael Bloomberg.
He was a founder of the BlueGreen Alliance and America Votes and has served on the boards of the California League of Conservation Voters and the National Clean Air Coalition. The author of three books, he writes regularly for Bloomberg View and Huffington Post.
David Nemtzow was named as the Building Technologies Office Director of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) after previously serving as the team’s Senior Strategist. He brings to EERE more than three decades of experience in the industry, including running a large state government energy and water department, a prominent bi-partisan non-profit energy efficiency association, and an energy consulting practice. Before serving in his current role, he was Director-General (CEO) of the Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability for New South Wales―Australia’s most populous state―where he played a central role in the State’s electricity, greenhouse, energy, and water strategies and policies.
He also served as President of the Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington, D.C.-based association of industry, government, utility, consumer, and environmental executives that promotes investment in energy efficiency. In addition, he has been a member of the executive committee of a distributed energy storage startup company, an independent energy consultant, and a senior congressional energy staff member. David has served on numerous governmental advisory committees and the boards of energy associations and organizations. He has published and speaks regularly in the field. He earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in public policy and a bachelor’s from Brown University in environmental policy.
Peter Auhl is a multiple award winning CIO who leads organisations through transformational change and drives innovation to achieve better outcomes for communities. With over 20 years’ experience in State and Local Government and private industry, Peter has removed barriers and helped IT and Government to “get out of the way” and enable people to make their own decisions and shape their futures.
Passionate about putting people at the centre of everything his teams do, Peter has led large scale implementations across State and Local Government departments, changing how people interact with government services and information.
From searching for rare opals during his time in the mining industry to designing solutions to complex problems that solve issues for the State of South Australia, Peter has received praise for his innovation from Steve Wozniak and Sir Richard Branson.
Stuart serves as the Chief Scientist for the Smart Cities Council, where he helps cities around the world become more livable, workable, and sustainable through the application of smart technologies. He co-founded Autopoiesis LLC, which offers ecological design, integrated modeling, feasibility analysis and sustainable finance services for large-scale green development projects. Stuart served as a Transaction Manager and founding team member with Portland Family of Funds, an innovative sustainable community investment fund. He served as Conservation Economy Research Director at Ecotrust, where he led the development of the Reliable Prosperity framework for bioregional planning. He is the co-author of Ecological Design, which provides a visionary approach to integrating ecology and planning, architecture, and product design. He received his doctorate in complex systems from U.C. Berkeley with a focus on ecological economics.
Databuoy Corporation creates embedded sensor networks and has developed ShotPoint®, an acoustic gunshot localization sensor network that accurately resolve the location of the shot, and in some cases, the bullet trajectory. ShotPoint® operates indoors and outdoors – integrated into smart street lighting, camera networks, access control systems, and notification systems.
You’re invited to attend a workshop session to participate in the co-creation of the Code for Smart Communities, a critical resource being developed to help shape the planning, delivery and management of development projects at a district and community scale. The objective of the Code is to establish a common language for government, private sector, and community stakeholders on the definition and scope of a smart community and provide guidance to policy makers and project planners and developers on the core outcomes a smart district, campus or community should aspire to achieve.
The Code will contain a suite of goals, principles, and metrics that can be used in shaping smart technology solutions and data management investments for urban and suburban development projects. Smart technology companies, urban development practitioners and government policy makers are encouraged to participate in helping co-create this important reference document.
In the U.S. buildings consume up to 75% of the primary energy use for cities. This workshop will showcase and seek dialogue on cities-related research done at the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories focusing on data, tools, analytics, and case studies to demonstrate technologies. These technologies include energy efficiency, district energy systems, renewable energy, storage, and demand response. Integrating these strategies can reduce energy use in city building stocks by up to 50%. Resiliency of energy infrastructure and energy flexibility of buildings will also be discussed. The workshop is based on real projects from the DOE labs that involve collaborating with U.S. cities on energy, sustainability, and resiliency.
Join local government leaders from Atlanta and Kansas City for an interactive discussion about how innovation is changing the way municipalities are utilizing people, data, and advancements in technology to improve water distribution and wastewater management.
Dr. Joshua New is a computer scientist joining ORNL in 2009. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee in 2009, his M.S. in Computer Systems and Software Design and his B.S. with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics with a Physics minor from Jacksonville State University. Dr. New is a member of the Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research group and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Urban Dynamics Institute. Dr. New currently serves at ORNL’s Building Technology Research Integration Center (BTRIC) as sub program manager for software tools and models. He has over 95 peer-reviewed publications and has led more than 45 competitively-awarded projects in the past 5 years involving websites, web services, databases, simulation development, visual analytics, supercomputing using the world’s #1 fastest supercomputer and artificial intelligence for big data mining. He is an active member of IEEE and ASHRAE.
Bosch is a leading global supplier of technology and services. Operating across four business sectors – Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology – Bosch is uniquely positioned to offer customers a multitude of value-add, cross-sector solutions across diverse industry applications. Leveraging expertise in sensors, software, and services, Bosch creates IoT solutions for a connected life, aiming to improve quality of life with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
For smart cities, Bosch offers solutions in the areas of mobility, energy, buildings, security, and e-governance – in other words, digital city administration.
Echelon is the original Internet of Things company, with 25 years experience in connected controls. Our products are installed in thousands of buildings and hundreds of cities, making 100M+ connections to “things.” We put the smart in smart cities, leveraging LED streetlight-based networks. Come see how easy it is.
With the rise of smart cities in the U.S., many initiatives are emerging to support smart cities, towns, and rural communities across entire states. The National Governors Association and Smart Cities Council are working to support “smart states” as they aggregate demand and provide technical support across local governments while integrating smart initiatives within state agencies. This session will offer an opportunity to hear from several leading efforts.
In any government agency, at least half of all spending goes through the Purchasing Department. Learn the behind-the-scenes paranoia that purchasing teams must deal with, the many methods to obtain what is needed and discover how the system really works. For example, did you know that governments can “piggyback” on other contracts to save time by eliminating the bid process? Likewise, cooperative procurement strategies can help save time and money. Transparency and ethics are paramount, and so is getting the stuff that you need to do your job to serve the public. This interactive session also includes real examples and scenarios to help guide procurement decision processes.
Communities large and small are struggling to prevent more death and devastation from drug addiction. Governments are putting more money into the battle. And new strategies are emerging, which you’ll hear about in this session which features public and private sector leaders actively engaged in the battle against opioid addiction. From data and analytics to GIS mapping technologies to IBM Watson, there are solutions emerging that can help save lives.
Smart cities are not a priority for major metropolitan cities alone – small and medium-sized cities are working hard to advance their own digital infrastructure and quality of life. Learn from elected officials and practitioners in small and medium-sized cities about their leading challenges and successes.
Every day seems to bring news stories about self-driving cars coming to cities across the nation, but communities lack understanding of and readiness for this transformative new technology. Research, education, and development of resources are needed to help communities prepare to minimize the costs and maximize benefits of autonomous vehicle deployment, through solutions based in planning, policy, and financial strategies. In this session, the American Planning Association (APA) will convene a conversation around issues and opportunities related to preparing smart infrastructure for the advent of autonomous vehicles.
The city of the future is here. Our Smart Cities momentum continues since announcing the framework in 2016. From new alliances to new offerings, we’re delivering technology solutions that help cities become cleaner, safer and more connected to their citizens. Visit us in Booth #44 to view interactive demos and learn more.
Learn how Canada leverages smart technologies. Meet with Canadian companies offering innovative solutions that create sustainable communities and prepare them for the challenges ahead.
When 400 international city leaders and digital government scholars came together to discuss their grand challenges, they realized there were critical questions that when answered, would help all cities address their smaller challenges. In this discussion-oriented session, local government smart city leaders will present the critical smaller challenges that many cities have found are the crux to achieving the grand challenges, including working across boundaries (all types), using data to inform decisions and policies, modifying policies and laws, engaging citizens when and where it makes sense, creating an environment of trial and error, identifying and using performance measures that truly help cities define what success looks like, and balancing the required investments with the desired investments.
In many cities today where a person lives can limit access to opportunity for economic and social advancement and also impact health and wellness in communities underserved by public transit. Join this session to hear experts and city leaders highlight current trends and technologies that promote a more equitable transportation infrastructure for aging populations, people with disabilities and those with limited incomes.
New business models are needed to pay for the broad range of needed smart city infrastructure investments. Hear from local governments including Montgomery County, Maryland, about how they have used alternative funding approaches including a “Microgrid-as-a-Service” business model to stabilize their long-term energy costs and upgrade critical energy infrastructure without up-front capital, as well as other innovative funding approaches.
Learn from local government officials and mobile operators about how mobile networks are enabling delivery of city services. Speakers will address how cities are deploying IoT solutions to empower their citizens, the benefits of Mobile IoT networks, and project financing.
All around the world, our cities are evolving. We are shaping new communities every day – site by site, block by block. From these projects communities emerge, and cities rise. Whether it is housing, office parks, civic buildings, schools, parks, roads or bridges, the property and construction industry is at the heart of the smart cities movement. In this session we meet those who are building our communities and cities, and ask them what building smart means, and what the future holds as the built environment and digital worlds come closer together.
Digital infrastructure requires significant financial resources, however, cities that do not make these critical investments will get left behind. Hear from experts in municipal finance and green bonds to learn about alternatives to traditional taxpayer-financed smart city infrastructure projects.
Cities around the world are turning to smart technologies to gather new kinds of data, visualize and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and plan for future climate change impacts. This session will feature several leading experts working at the intersection of smart cities and long-term climate resilience.
Hear from top experts as they share the secrets of their early successes with smart city infrastructure, as well as their ongoing challenges. Each panelist will share one success story, and one current roadblock. Panelists will share best practices from successful projects and brainstorm solutions to current difficulties. Attendees will be invited to submit their own smart infrastructure challenges in advance. Several of these will be selected for review and recommendations by the panel.
Localintel is helping municipalities across North America put big data in the hands of small businesses. Our interactive economic development tools display essential market intelligence for entrepreneurs and existing businesses and helps them ask the right questions, analyze the data correctly and make better business decisions.
Waycare is transforming city traffic management from reactive to proactive, leveraging predictive analytics and deep learning to reduce traffic accidents, mitigate incidents, and reduce traffic congestion. Waycare’s platform is a cloud based SaaS solution, enabling every city, of every size, to become a smart city.
OpenDataSoft allows organizations to start their Smart City initiative in a quick and cost-effective way. Thanks to OpenDataSoft Smart Cities Solution, you can collect your data from numerous sources, break data silos, share your enriched data with your business partners through restful APIs and valorize at last your data.
Commsignia is a leading hardware and software supplier for intelligent connected smart city applications. Whether you are a City Authority, A&E, ITS Integrator or Reseller, Driver or Pedestrian, Commsignia’s full range of V2X products, apps and solutions can help improve road safety, address congestion issues and reduce CO emissions. Commsignia is looking for partners to integrate our products into Smart City projects or roadside infrastructure systems. We look forward to your visit!
machineQ , a Comcast service, is dedicated to leveraging the latest in sensor, network, and software technologies to gather and transmit data that can be used to create actionable intelligence from the physical world. machineQ is building a low-power, wide area network – leveraging LoRaWAN® technology – to provide solutions and a platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).
IES is the recognised world leader in 3D building performance analysis technology. Our software and consulting services deliver the intelligence needed to create healthy, affordable and resource efficient built-environments. Use our software to create visually stunning models to communicate, drive and inspire sustainability engagement and fully understand the impact of any design decisions and trade-offs to create and manage truly sustainable buildings, cities, communities, campuses and portfolios.
Our products have already been used to design tens of thousands of energy efficient buildings across the globe. Our services are supported by dedicated training, support and research divisions; making sure our customers always receive the innovation and intelligence for which we are known.
Parsons is a technology-driven engineering services firm supporting the construction, technical, and professional services industries. We are a leader in the infrastructure, defense, security, and construction markets. Our work in Intelligent Transportation Systems, connected vehicles, and cybersecurity allows our clients to build the backbone of their Smart City infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, systems design/engineering, cyber/converged security to federal, regional, local government agencies, and private industrial customers worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.parsons.com.
“Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow“, the current campaign of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), focuses on the future of carbon-neutral, energy-efficient and climate-adapted cities. The international BMBF campaign promotes 10 research networks from Germany to present their ideas for urban development abroad and identify international partners. The countries targeted are China, India, Vietnam, Colombia and the USA.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector helps government, education, and nonprofit customers deploy cloud services to reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and increase innovation across the globe. With AWS, you only pay for what you use, with no up-front physical infrastructure expenses or long-term commitments.
With the rapid change in technology, Pennoni continues to dedicate its services to smart and green initiatives. One example of this is our steadfast commitment to Smart Cities. We work hard to ensure that our project choices and designs prioritize smart technology and pave the way for a brighter future.
We pride ourselves in our involvement with the Smart Cities movement, reflected in every service that we offer, such as civil/site, energy management, construction services, environmental, geotechnical, landscape architecture and planning, MEP, structural, survey and geospatial, transportation, water resources, and water/wastewater.
INRIX is a global leader of connected car services and transportation analytics focused on making movement more intelligent around the world. We are literally everywhere with over 450 customers and live coverage in over 60 countries, helping to move people, cities and businesses forward.
Connected Nation Exchange (CNX) expands broadband infrastructure by providing a collaborative software platform where service providers and cities can share data, streamline permitting and conduct facility siting and leasing transactions. Through its Smart City Infrastructure Program, CNX accelerates buildout of fiber and wireless/small cell networks with a public-private partnership approach.
Fybr delivers real-time data to connect and improve communities of all sizes, with data drawn directly from life as it happens and where it happens. As an end-to-end IoT solution, Fybr’s low power, low data rate network can deliver reliable, accurate data to sense and control critical systems in even the harshest environments – providing actionable data to save time, money and resources.
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