Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
March 26-29, 2018, Kansas City, MO, In Partnership with usignite

City leaders, this is for you.

    400+ global city leaders
    Smart 50 Awards
    300+ exhibitors & innovators
    2500 thought leaders in attendance

Smart networks are the foundation.

    20+ Smart Gigabit Communities
    20+ advanced network demos
    $20M in NSF research support
    $100M wireless research platforms



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Smart Cities Connect News

moovel Partners with Caltrain to Launch Mobile Ticketing Platform

moovel North America, the leading provider of public transit mobile ticketing and fare validation solutions, today announced the launch of Caltrain Mobile, a mobile application designed to provide a more convenient and accessible ticketing solution Read More

Ciscos Kinetic for Cities Platform Works in Adelaide on Pilot Project

Cisco has partnered with the South Australian government and the City of Adelaide for a trial of traffic sensors with the aim of easing congestion and the future ability to communicate with autonomous vehicles. The Read More

Mobile Recycler – Biocycler – Uses Living Organisms to Bind Construction Waste Into Bricks

In the US, an excess of more than 500 million tons of demolition waste is shipped to landfills every year. In an attempt to solve this problem, Chris Maurer, Principal Architect with Cleveland-based redhouse studio, Read More

Smart Building Facility Management Platform Allows Improved Equipment Failure Reporting

An interactive, user-friendly facility management platform – “Smart Building” – was recently launched by the Campus Facilities and IT Services of New York University Shanghai. Developed with the Lujiazui Group – real estate development and Read More

UK Consortium Wins $15.6M for Electric Vehicle-To-Grid Demonstrations

A consortium of organizations – including electricity distributor UK Power Networks, utility SSE, China’s BYD, Octopus Energy and the University of Leeds – has won £11m ($15.6M USD) in government funding for four electric vehicle-to-grid Read More

San Antonio’s Innovation and Technology Committee Develops Smart City Initiatives

Mayor Ron Nirenberg of the City of San Antonio, Texas recently announced the formation of the Innovation and Technology Committee which will work with the city’s Innovation Office to develop smart city initiatives. “I am Read More

Burns & McDonnell On Fulfilling Smart City Vision: An Interview with Mike Beehler

We recently interviewed Mike Beehler, a vice president at Burns & McDonnell. Mike led the company’s initial development of critical infrastructure protection. He initiated the application of sustainable principles to T&D design, preceding the development Read More

Orlando’s Director of Sustainability Speaks About The City Beautiful’s Smart City Efforts

As part of a series exploring smart city efforts from the mouths of those advocating project implementation municipalities around the country, we interviewed Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability for Orlando, Florida. Here’s what he has Read More

Smart Budapest Road Map Positions City for Growth

Smart Budapest, co-authored by Sándor Finta, Director of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Zsombor Barta, Head of Sustainability and Legacy, has been adopted by the Hungarian city as a road map to becoming a world Read More

Partnership in Southampton Yields New Smart City

The Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton in the UK has partnered with Fawley Waterside Limited, Cisco, IBM, Siemens, and Vodafone to build a new intelligent city on the outskirts of Southampton. “We Read More

2018 Key Speakers Include:

Rosa AkhtarkhavariRosa Akhtarkhavari
CIO, City of Orlando

Bob Bennett Bob Bennett
CIO, City of Kansas City, MO

Kimberly LaGrueKimberly LaGrue
Chief Information Officer, City of New Orleans

Mark De la Vergne	Mark De la Vergne
Chief of Mobility Innovation,
City of Detroit

Sly James Sly James
Mayor of Kansas City, MO

Amy LevineAli Levine
Policy Advisor & Program Manager, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability

Michael PeguesMichael Pegues
CIO, Aurora, IL

Jerry TinianowJerome Tinianow
CSO, City of Denver

Richard C. Irvin Richard C. Irvin
Mayor of Aurora, IL

Girish RamachandranGirish Ramachandran
Chief Technology Architect, City of Dallas

Dan AultDan Ault
Assistant Town Manager/Chief Innovation Officer, Town of Cary, NC

Ruthbea ClarkeRuthbea Clarke
Research Director, Smart Cities, IDC

Dennis GakungaDennis Gakunga
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista

Nick MaynardNick Maynard
Chief Strategy Officer, US Ignite

Herb SihHerb Sih
Managing Partner,
Think Big Partners

David Roberts David Roberts
Chief Innovation Officer , Indiana Economic Development Corporation

David GrahamChris Castro
Director of Sustainability; Co-chair of Smart Cities
City of Orlando

Jameson AutenJameson Auten
VP, Regional Service Delivery and Innovations, KCATA , City of Kansas City, MO

Kate GarmanKate Garman
Smart City Coordinator, City of Seattle

Ken ClarkKen Clark
Chief Information Officer, The Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County

David GrahamDavid Graham
Deputy COO, City of San Diego

David ParkerDavid Parker
Systems Strategist , Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Samir SainiSamir Saini
DoITT's Commissioner/Citywide CIO , City of New York
Marshall Duer-BalkindMarshall Duer-Balkind
Program Analyst, Department of Energy & Environment, District of Columbia

Smart Cities Connect struck a great balance between education, structured dialogue, and informal networking. The Conference is focused not just on innovation, but how to improve people's lives through technology.


Matt Gray, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland

The Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo enables like-minded professionals to share ideas by facilitating the discovery and discussion of innovations and achievements. The conference also provides the opportunity to interact directly with vendors and influence product offerings.


Rosa Akhtarkhavari, Chief Information Officer, City of Orlando

This years' Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo was a great opportunity for me to connect with new and innovative smart city solution providers that can help advance Atlanta's smart city strategy. I also got a chance to interact with other city leaders around the world to discuss their respective smart city strategies and how we can collaborate on solving civic challenges using ICT, IoT, and big data analytics moving forward. Looking forward to next year's event!


Samir Saini, Chief Information Officer, City of Atlanta

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Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo convenes leading technology and solution providers with city leaders

Smart City Solutions Include:

  • Energy Solutions
  • Transportation
  • Buildings & Infrastructure
  • Advanced/Wireless Networks
  • Sensor Networks
  • ICT Networks
  • Cyber Security
  • Gov/Civic Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Resource/Commerce
  • Emergency Services
  • Islands/Isolated Communities
  • Water/Waste Management
  • Weather Solutions
  • Data Analytics/Tools

Policy, technology and resource management leaders will include:

  • Mayors
  • Council Members
  • Sustainability Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • IT Architects
  • Water and Energy Managers
  • Waste Managers
  • Utility Operators
  • Urban Designers
  • Emergency Responders
  • Transportation Managers
  • Public Works Managers


Welcome to Kansas City

Kansas City Convention Center
301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105


Contact Information

General Inquiries

Sarah Wenning
Vice President, Operations
Tel: (512) 697-8849

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Richard Erb
Executive Director
Tel: (401) 477-2180

Press & Partners

Regina Ramazzini
Community & Partnership Director
Tel: (774) 249-1341

Media & Research

Laura Benold
Managing Editor,
Tel: 615-450-8960

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