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


Smart 50 Awards    due Dec. 8

Call for Innovations    due Dec. 15

Call for Posters    due Dec. 15

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Smart Cities Connect News

Canada Launches Smart City Challenge

As part of the Canadian government’s Impact Canada initiative – a program that focuses on tackling economic, environmental, and social problems – the Smart City Challenge has been launched. Municipalities, local or regional governments, and Read More

TSA Tests Biometric, Facial Recognition, Bottled Fluid Scanners, Computed Tomography

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is currently testing a number of initiatives using smart technologies, such as biometrics, facial recognition, scanners for bottled liquids, and computed tomography. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working on Read More

Albuquerque Announces 15-Year Lighting Master Plan

The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s 15-year “lighting master plan” – EnvisionABQ – will involve converting over 20,000 streetlights to LED, implementing an Internet of Things (IoT) architecture, and deploying a central management system in Read More

Dubai International Airport Installs 120 Smart Gates

120 smart gates have been installed in all terminals at the Dubai International Airport by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). With the smart gates, personal encounters with passport control officers are Read More

Microsoft Improves Smart City Patrol Cars with Hexagon Technology

Microsoft is using Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure technology designed to improve first responder safety and efficiency into a smart city patrol car. The combined technologies demonstrate how cloud-based and connected solutions can make cities safer Read More

University of Michigan Announces Plans to Launch Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Graduate Certification

The University of Michigan recently announced plans to launch an augmented, virtual and mixed reality (AVMR) graduate certificate program, spanning fourteen schools, colleges and offices, and involving thirty-two faculty members. U-M is also offering opportunities Read More

Winners of Global Smart City Innovation Challenge Vietnam Announced

The winners of the Global Smart City Innovation Challenge for Vietnam (SCIC) competition were recently announced: First prize ($5,000) – GridComm – “Smart street lights for cities” – an optimized network over a city’s power Read More

Michigan State University to Launch Urban Food Research Center in Detroit

Michigan State University will be launching its first urban food research center in Detroit in early 2018 with the goal of developing solutions to economic and nutritional challenges unique to urban environments. The MSU Detroit Read More

Colorado Department of Transportation Partners with Arrivo On Hyperloop

The State of Colorado’s Department of Transportation and the E-470 Public Highway Authority are partnering with Arrivo to examine ways to use vacuum tubes to reduce traffic congestion and create a high-speed transportation system. The Read More

Cities That Outsource (…And Why They Win)

If you’re not working for a city, that doesn’t mean you’re not working for a city. More and more, we’re finding that non-municipal entities contribute greatly to the smart cities movement. Here are a few 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

Samir SainiSamir Saini
CIO, City of Atlanta

Sly James Sly James
Mayor of Kansas City, MO

Amy LevineAmy 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 GrahamDavid Graham
Deputy COO, City of San Diego

Chelsea CollierChelsea Collier
Editor-At-Large and Managing Partner, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research

Laura BenoldLaura Benold
Managing Editor and Communications Director, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research

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

Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

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Premier Partners

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Supporting Organizations

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Produced by  TechConnect

In partnership with  US Ignite