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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Smart Cities Week Podcast: Washington, D.C.,2018

Uniting Cities Towards a Common Goal: Discussion with 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant Winners

October 5, 2018

The winners of the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant shared their experiences orienting their city leaders, community stakeholders and businesses around their smart city programs. Hear from officials from Birmingham, Cary, Las Vegas, Louisville, Virginia and Puerto Rico as they address their plans for advancing their cities as well as their major challenges to date.

Strengthening and Securing Communities: Lessons Learned from Open Data and Analytics Programs

October 5, 2018

Sensors enable cities to gather huge quantities of data, but creating manageable and useful tools remains a challenge for many. Providing data in publicly accessible and secure formats has vexed many local governments. Hear from data officers from a range of cities who are effectively collecting, analyzing, securing and basing decisions on public data.

The Internet of Transportation: Ten Key Ingredients of Tomorrow’s Urban Transportation System

October 5, 2018

Connected transportation is a new reality that has or will impact every city. Hear from state and local transportation officials who will address how they are using IOT to improve the efficiency of public transit systems, strengthen traffic safety and reduce vehicle congestion. Learn these experts’ top 10 priorities for preparing their cities for the future of transportation.

Smart Cities 2.0 — Future Trends from Smart Cities Trailblazers

October 5, 2018

Hear from the original CIOs and CTOs who launched the smart city movement in Kansas City, San Francisco, New York and Seattle as they look ahead to what’s next for cities. This candid conversation will provide insights into the opportunities and challenges for cities in the evolving and maturing smart cities market.

Electricity Company-Community Partnerships

October 4, 2018

Local governments are implementing clean and renewable energy and green building policies. Electric companies are investing in digital technology to improve energy generation and distribution efficiency. This session will examine how electric companies and cities are collaborating to jointly plan and achieve smart city goals and objectives.

Secrets of city leaders: financing, contracting and procurement for the smart city

October 4, 2018

In order to keep pace with technological and economic growth, cities are looking for new business models to fund their smart city programs. Hear from CIOs and CFOs about their creative procurement and finance strategies such as city-wide RFPs, performance contracting, infrastructure as a service, green bonds and more.

Training, Recruitment, and Retention for the Smart City Workforce

October 4, 2018

Learn about initiatives in Maryland and Georgia as well as innovations by non-profits to educate, develop, recruit and retain the smart city workforce of the future. Find out how you can create a ready workforce and provide job opportunities for difficult-to-employ populations.

Collaborating for Change: Success stories from smart cities and states

October 4, 2018

Hear from leading practitioners as they discuss their successes to date and plans for the future in their local and state smart cities programs.

Bridging the Gap Among Educational Practice, Technology & Industry

October 1, 2018

Shlomy Kattan joined us ahead of his appearance at this week’s Smart Cities Week. Shlomy and his team work directly with the field-testing cities of Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia to help invest in the lives of their residents by addressing adult low-literacy and the burdens it places on job growth, medical costs and a child’s future educational success.

Building Tomorrow’s Smart City Workforce

September 26, 2018

We had the pleasure of hearing from Secretary Kelly Schulz of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Secretary Schulz told us about Maryland’s apprenticeship programs and competitive grant program, EARN. As well as, some of the challenges and achievements that she has encountered in her role so far.

Citizen Engagement: The Key to Smart City Success

September 24, 2018

We spoke to Executive Director of Cities of Service & Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C. Keynote Speaker Myung Lee, about the achievements and goals of Cities of Service, the challenges Mayors and CIOs face today in cities and also looked ahead to Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C. which starts next week!

The Collaborative Power of Awesomeness at Smart Cities Week

August 28, 2018

Here’s your opportunity to listen to an exclusive interview with Bob Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer at City of Kansas City, MO. Bob, an ex-US Army Chief Operations officer, is using his skills of collaboration and information sharing to change Kansas City, Missouri for the better. He’s also an advisory member of the Internet of Things Consortium as well as named one of GovTech’s 25 Top Dreamers, Doers and Drivers.

Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C.: Collaboration as the cornerstone of a smart city

July 9, 2018

Jesse Berst, Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, gives you an insight into Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C., 2018.

Smart Cities Week Podcast: Silicon Valley 2018

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.