Smart Cities Week Podcast

Each episode of the Smart Cities Week Podcast features smart city experts talking about the latest trends and what to expect at this year’s Smart Cities Weeks.

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The Top 10 Ways Cities are Benefiting from Open Data (and How Your City Can Too)

May 9, 2018
Open data systems provide a foundation for civic innovation. While cities collect vast quantities of data through sensors and other means, many struggle to compile data into useful and publicly available formats that can be accessed not only by local government decision makers, but also to the public, while ensuring privacy and security.


  • Sari Ladin Sienne – Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles
  • Graham Walker – Product Marketing Director, Allied Telesis
  • Stonly Baptiste – Co-Founder, Urban US
  • Rachel Han – Director of Business Development, OpenDataSoft
  • Kathleen O’Dell – Principal, Deloitte

The Robust Mobile Network (and Why You Need it Now)

May 9, 2018
Cities depend on mobile networks for day-to-day operations and delivery of citizen services, and this dependence is growing rapidly.


  • David Witkowski – Executive Director of Civic Technologies, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Peter Murray – Executive Director, Dense Networks
  • Geoff Arnold – CTO, Verizon Smart Communities

Sharing the Promising Practices of Modern Mobility — Opportunities and Challenges

May 9, 2018
Hear about the coming mobility revolution from Daniel Sperling of UC Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies. He addresses the need for policies to ensure that electric, automated, and shared vehicles provide for improved traffic conditions, reduced carbon emissions and increased accessibility and affordability.


  • Daniel Sperling, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director, Institute of Transportation Studies – UC Davis

Leading Practices in City Wellbeing

May 9, 2018
Hear from the leaders using the “Science of Wellbeing to Guide Your Smart City,” to find out how cities are using data to understand the needs of residents and to identify the most effective ways to improve outcomes.


  • Julie Rusk – Chief of Civic Well Being, City of Santa Monica, CA
  • Anthony Sardella – CEO of Evolve24
  • Lisa Parson – Project Manager of The Wellbeing Project City, City of Santa Monica, CA
  • Jason Haber – Assitant City Manager, City of Carlsbad
  • Adam Beck – Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand

Building an Innovation Economy–Secrets from America’s Leading Cities

May 8, 2018
The same technologies that make a city smart also make it an ideal place to launch innovative new businesses. Hear from some of Silicon Valley’s most vibrant cities about their biggest successes; their biggest challenges; their biggest lessons learned; and the economic development aspects of their smart city efforts.


  • Lily Mei – Mayor, City of Fremont
  • Jonathan Reichental – CIO, City of Palo Alto
  • Joy Bonaguro – Chief Data Officer, City of San Francisco
  • Shireen Santosham – Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Jose
  • Jesse Berst – Chairman, Smart Cities Council

Transportation Investments: the Building Blocks for Tomorrow’s City

May 8, 2018
Hear from transportation officials as they address the progress city, regional and state agencies are making towards planning for the future of mobility through investments in transportation infrastructure.


  • Jason Goldman – Vice President, ITSA
  • Roger Millar – Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Stefano Landi – Global Sales, Business Development & Partnerships, Verizon
  • Dan McElhinney – District 4 Chief Deputy District Director, CalTrans

Growing an Innovation Ecosystem in your Community

May 8, 2018
Through governance, regulation and investment, the public sector can create an environment in which innovation occurs. Cities, counties, states and other units offer access to technology and data, set policies that support startups through simplified regulations and licensing, and host incubators and accelerators.


  • Emma Hendry – CEO, Hendry
  • Marty Turock – Strategic Projects Consultant, Clean Tech San Diego
  • Erik Stokes – Manager, Energy Deployment and Market Facilitation Office California Energy Commission
  • Johanna Pittman – Program Director, CityConnect

City Leaders Share Promising Practices — Becoming a Sustainable and Resilient Smart City

May 8, 2018
Local government leaders seek to mitigate climate change by reducing carbon emissions in all sectors from transportation to procurement to resource conservation and reuse. At the same time, they are preparing for and responding to climate change impacts such as extreme weather events, droughts, flooding and wildfires.


  • Gordon Feller – Founder, Meeting of the Minds
  • Daniel Hamilton – Sustainability Manager, City of Oakland
  • Debbie Raphael – Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Dennis Gakunga – Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista

Cities as Complex Ecosystems

May 8, 2018
Cities are complex and dynamic environments, which present many opportunities for new uses of merging technologies and data. In this episode, Luis Bettencourt addresses many features that are common to all cities as complex ecosystems of people interacting over the built environment.


  • Luis Bettencourt -Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago

2018 Readiness Challenge Grant Winners What’s Next for The Winning Cities (and How Do They Get There?)

May 8, 2018
2018 Readiness Challenge Grant Winners What’s Next for The Winning Cities (and How Do They Get There?)


  • Randall Woodfin – Mayor, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Terry Yates – Smart Cities Program Manager, Cary, North Carolina
  • David Ihrie – Chief Technology Officer, Virginia Center for Innovative Technology
  • Chris Seidt – Director of Information Technology, Louisville-Jefferson County
  • Don Jacobson – Business Partner for Innovation, City of Las Vegas
  • Jennifer James – Readiness Program Director, Smart Cities Council

The Science of Well-Being to Guide Your Smart City

April 9, 2018
Julie Rusk, first Chief of Civic Wellbeing for the City of Santa Monica illustrates the revelation governments around the world are starting to recognize that economic growth alone does not determine a community’s success. True measures of progress take into account the wellbeing of people.

Citywide Communication Networks: Grow Your Innovation Economy

April 5, 2018
Citywide Communication Networks are crucial for transportation, public safety, sustainability and growing your innovation economy. In the 21st Century, we are going to be spending decades building up our communications infrastructure and any city that falls behind will suffer economically.

Analyzing Open Data for Smarter Cities

March 23, 2018
“Cities turn to data as a holy grail of tools to alleviate congestion, increase safety, enhance mobility & resilience – all elements that make a city smart.” Kristin Musulin, Editor at Smart Cities Dive.

Economic Innovation: How to Help Your City Prosper and Grow

March 9, 2018
Smart Cities are using technology to improve not just their sustainability, and livability, but also their workability – their appeal as a place to do business.

Electric Companies Power Smart Cities

March 2, 2018
The key role that Electric Companies must play in making our cities smart, highlighted by Jesse Berst, Chairman of the Smart Cities Council.

Global Smart City Perspective

Feb. 25, 2018
Global perspective of Smart Cities discussed by Adam Beck, Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia & New Zealand. In this episode, Adam shares his thoughts in the lead up to Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley in May. Adam also gives a global perspective on Smart Cities, with examples from India, Europe and Australia & New Zealand.

What’s New at Smart Cities Week?

Feb. 22, 2018
Danielle Miller Wagner, Program Manager for the Smart Cities Weeks conferences, introduces several new formats that we are bringing to the program of Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley 2018.

Modern Mobility

Feb. 15, 2018
There’s nothing more important to a modern city than mobility: moving people and goods around the city in ways that are efficient, cost-effective and sustainable. Presented by Jesse Berst, Chairman, Smart Cities Council.

Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley is About What’s Next and How Next

Feb. 10, 2018
Jesse Berst, Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, gives you an insight into Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley 2018.

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