Keynote Session

Cities generate more than their share of carbon emissions. The good news is that cities also have the capacity to provide innovative, effective solutions to climate change problems despite regulatory and other obstacles in their way.
Another primary responsibility for cities is ensuring equity, equal opportunities for advancement and better lives for all citizens. Transportation is a practical first step toward achieving that goal — if it can provide safe, convenient, efficient transportation options that serve all citizens regardless of income or location.

Carl Pope, Former Executive Director and Chairman, Sierra Club
Colleen Casey, Urban and Community Development Policy Expert, Toyota North America
Jordan Davis, Director, Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership
Mark Dowd, Mobility, Technology, Smart Cities, and Environmental Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Shima Hamidi, Director, Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions & Dollars, University of Texas, Arlington

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Happiness as a City Indicator Session

As cities become smarter, they collect more data. But one of the most important indicators isn’t collected by any sensors; it’s how people feel in their daily lives. Are people thriving? Struggling? Suffering? Knowing how they feel is an essential element of developing a people-centered approach resulting in conditions that allow them to thrive.

Sarah Alexander, Senior Vice President, Credentialing and Certification, Green Business Certification
Justin Bibb, Senior Adviser, Gallup
Kay Meyer, Principal Industry Consultant, SAS State and Local Government
Julie Rusk, Chief of Civic Wellbeing, City of Santa Monica, CA
Anthony Sardella, CEO, evolve24

Strengthening City Service Delivery with Mobile Networks Session

Mobile network operators are playing a special role as cities evolve. Their role is a role that no one else can play, but the job isn’t easy. But as telecommunications companies morph into technology companies, there are notable, positive impacts throughout the city from enabling robust, real-time analytics to helping first responders respond faster.

Neill Young, Smart Cities Lead, IoT Team, GSMA
Lani Ingram, Vice President of Smart Communities & Venues, Verizon
Peter Murray, Executive Director, Dense Networks
Vijay Gogineni, Deputy CIO, City of Atlanta, GA
Mike Zeto, Executive Director of Smart Cities, AT&T

Readying the Roads, Planning for Autonomous Vehicles Session

Autonomous vehicles are coming, and the expectation is that they will dramatically change our concept of mobility and the transportation networks that support it. But what city leaders and planners need to know is that driverless vehicles aren’t simply a transportation issue. They will also heavily influence how our cities evolve in at least four critical ways.

David Rouse, Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services, American Planning Association
Russell Brooks, Director of Smart Cities, Transportation for America
Nico Larco, Associate Professor of Architecture, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon
Michael Lim, Executive Fellow, City of Los Angeles, CA, Department of Transportation

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Opioid Addiction: How a New, Data-Driven Social Safety Net Can Save Lives in Your City Session

Accidental deaths from opioid addiction claim more lives in the U.S. than guns and traffic accidents. And most cities are strapped for the money and other resources they need to combat it. While there are challenges, promising early intervention solutions are coming — solutions that focus on four key elements: engagement, data, technology and funding.

Kevin Bingham, Deloitte Consulting’s Actuarial, Risk and Analytics Practice and Co-Chair of the Casualty Actuarial Society’s Innovation Council
Brian Arrigo, Mayor, Revere, MA
Jacob Levenson, Founder and CEO, MAP Health Management
Evan Behrle, Director of Addiction Treatment, Baltimore City Health Department
Stephen Kearney, PharmD, Medical Director, State and Local Government, SAS Institute

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What cities can do with social safety nets (and data) to reduce opioid addiction and deaths

Keynote Session

What does a smart city look like? Bas Boorsma, author of A New Digital Deal, describes them as service-centric cities where everything is connected seamlessly. The first five winners of a Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant also shared their visions of a smarter future and the progress they’ve made so far.

Bas Boorsma, Digitization Lead, North Europe, Cisco
Ted Lehr, Data Architect, City of Austin, TX
Ken Clark, Chief Information Officer, City of Indianapolis, IN
Kevin Burns, Chief Information Officer, City of Miami, FL
Charles Ramdatt, Director of Smart Cities and Special Projects, City of Orlando, FL
Charles Brennan, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Philadelphia, PA

Keynote Session: Clearing the Roadblocks to Smart Infrastructure

The world’s population is exploding, putting more pressure on cities, which are being called on to serve an ever-increasing percentage of it. Technology has a unifying power, but it’s critical to use it as an enabler, not a goal in and of itself. Smart cities also focus on resiliency and equity — and they ensure that residents in the process.

Jesse Berst, Chairman, Smart Cities Council
Peter Auhl, Chief Information Officer, City of Adelaide, South Australia
Jeff Merritt, Chief Innovation Officer, City of New York, NY
Jeff Stovall, Chief Information Officer, City of Charlotte, NC
Andrew Therriault, Chief Data Officer, City of Boston, MA
Archana Vemulapalli, Chief Technology Officer, City of Washington, D.C.
Pat Vincent-Collawn, Chairman, President and CEO of PNM Resources, and Chairman, EEI

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Overcoming the Six Key Challenges to Smart City Progress (from Those Who've Gone Before) Session

There are a lot of different things that hold smart cities initiatives back, but you can create an environment that allows your city to leap over those obstacles. For starters, you need to know what success looks like so you can plot a plan to get there. You also need accurate and timely intelligence, engagement across departments and with citizens and to cultivate an environment where trial and error is the norm.

Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center for Technology in Government (CTG) at the University at Albany/SUNY
Michael Sherwood, Director of Technology and Innovation, City of Las Vegas, NV
Ken Clark, Chief Information Officer for the City of Indianapolis & Marion County, IN
Kendra Parlock, Director, Sustainable Solutions, City of Baltimore, MD

Closing Plenary Session

Cities matter. Climate change threatens to put health, justice and jobs at risk — and mayors are the front line with citizens. While it may feel like we’re moving quickly, our estimates of the impacts are too low and there are increasing numbers of wake-up calls to alert us to that fact. We can … but will we?

George Atalla, Global Sector Leader, Government and Public Sector, EY
David Nemtzow, Director, Building Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Tom Steyer, Founder and President, NextGen Climate