The City Readiness Hub

Cities Helping Cities

As part of its mission to enable the transformation of smart cities, the Smart Cities Council is launching a dynamic new offering at Smart Cities Week: The City Readiness Hub. The first instalment will be featured at our upcoming Silicon Valley conference—and will be replicated at Smart Cities Weeks in DC and Australia later this year.
The City Readiness Hub will offer an unprecedented opportunity to hear from cities who are “in the trenches” on their journey to becoming a smart city.

City Readiness Hub – Session Overview

  • The City Readiness Hub will highlight 5 cities over the course of the conference. Look for it as one of the Pillars on the Conference Agenda.
  • Each session will present a unique opportunity to hear from cities who are actively on the path to becoming a smart city—as well as hearing invaluable guidance from the Mentor Cities. This is a rare opportunity to listen in on a powerful exchange of information.
  • A moderated audience Q&A will allow attendees to gain additional insights from both Presenting Cities as well as Mentors. Bring your questions!

Featured Cities Include:

  • Salinas, CA
  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Tahoe Transportation District
  • West Sacramento, CA
  • Centennial, CO

The City Readiness Hub promises to be some of the most compelling and game-changing content at Smart Cities Week. You don’t want to miss it!

Tuesday, May 8

11:00-12:00 | Hub Theatre
City Readiness Hub—San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

This unscripted session will offer an intimate look at the challenges cities may face on their smart cities journey and how to best overcome them.

The city of San Miguel de Allende is a World Heritage Site—offering its 2 million annual visitors unrivalled art and architecture to experience. However, with that designation come unique challenges in implementing smart city programs and technologies. This session will examine the challenges in the areas of telecommunications, transportation, and smart payments.

Speakers
Featured City: Zonia Torres, Economic & Tourism Director, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Mentor City: Don Jacobson, IT Business Partner for Innovation, Las Vegas, NV

13:15-14:15 | Hub Theatre
City Readiness Hub—West Sacramento, CA

This unscripted session will offer an intimate look at the challenges cities may face on their smart cities journey and how to best overcome them.

West Sacramento will share the challenges it faces in the areas of mobility/transportation, public safety, and built environment.

Speakers
Featured City: Jon Robinson, Deputy City Manager, West Sacramento, CA
Mentor City: Dennis Gakunga, Chief Sustainability Officer, Chula Vista, CA
Moderator: Jennifer James, Global Readiness Program Director, Smart Cities Council

15:00-16:00 | Hub Theatre
City Readiness Hub—Centennial, CO
This unscripted session will offer an intimate look at the challenges cities may face on their smart cities journey and how to best overcome them.

The City of Centennial will share the challenges it faces in the areas of mobility/transportation and an aging community.

Speakers
Featured City: Melanie Morgan, Innovation Team, Centennial, CO
Mentor City: Meredith Gruber, Community Engagement & Special Projects Manager, Cary, NC
Moderator: Deloitte

Wednesday, May 9

11:00-12:00 | Hub Theatre
City Readiness Hub—Salinas, CA
This unscripted session will offer an intimate look at the challenges cities may face on their smart cities journey and how to best overcome them.

The city of Salinas, CA will share the challenges it faces in the areas of built environment, and public safety.

Speakers
Featured City: Ray Corpuz, Salinas, CA
Mentor City: Kiana Taheri, Smart City Coordinator, Los Angeles, CA
Moderator: Philip Bane, Managing Director, Smart Cities Council

13:15-14:15 | Hub Theatre
City Readiness Hub—Tahoe Transportation District
This unscripted session will offer an intimate look at the challenges cities may face on their smart cities journey and how to best overcome them.

The Tahoe Transportation District offers a unique case study of a rural area facing challenges more commonly associated with a growing urban area. With 24 million annual visitors and only 6 access roads, Tahoe faces unique challenges in the areas of telecommunications, transportation, and public safety.

Speakers
Featured City: Danielle Hughes, Capital Program Manager, Tahoe Transportation District
Mentor City: Charles Ramdatt, Director of Smart Cities, Orlando, FL
Mentor City: Eta Davis, Economic Initiatives Coordinator, Fairfax County, VA
Moderator: Mary Beth Neville, Senior Manager, Deloitte

Interested in participating? We may be able to accommodate additional Featured Cities! Contact Danielle Miller Wagner at danielle.wagner@smartcitiescouncil.com for additional information.

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