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

San Antonio Implements VIA goMobile App and Empowers Citizens

Steve Young, Vice President of Information Technology for VIA Metropolitan Transit, speaks about winning the Smart 50 Awards and the VIA Mobile Ticketing project in San Antonio, Texas. The VIA goMobile app gives customers in Read More

Hampton Roads, Virginia Gets Smart About Storm Water with StormSense

We reached out to winning Smart 50 Awards project, StormSense. They’ve shared a bit more about their project below: The StormSense Project is an inundation forecasting research initiative led by the Virginia Institute of Marine Read More

New Orleans Announces Downtown NOLA Energy Challenge

Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana recently announced the Downtown NOLA Energy Challenge, a competition between business owners across downtown New Orleans to reduce their energy usage. The city has partnered with the Read More

Smart 50 Award Recipient Speaks: Ypsilanti Fire Station Solar Installation

We interviewed Dave Strenski about the Smart 50 Award winner, Ypsilanti Fire Station Solar Installation in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Here’s a bit more about his project: By using a combination of volunteer labor, an anonymous donation, Read More

Fremont Solar Farm Goes Live with 200 Subscribers, 100 Person Wait List

The city of Fremont, California’s first solar farm is expected to go live with 200 subscribers who have either purchased physical solar panels or a share of the solar energy that comes out of the Read More

Madeira to Become Smart Island, Energy Independent

Renault is working towards making the Madeira island of Porto Santo in Portugal a “smart island”. In a bid for energy independence, the pilot program is using Renault’s Zoe electric vehicles (EVs), home batteries, smart Read More

21st Century Citizens Deserve 21st Century Government

Kansas City, home of Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo 2018, has long been a leader among smart cities. We asked them what it means to receive a Smart 50 Award, and here’s what they Read More

Smart 50 Awards Recipient CITyFiED Shares: How The Project Transforms Three International Cities

We asked CITyFiED about their winning project, and this is what they had to say: CITyFiED is a project based on a mix of demonstration, renewable energy technologies and sound business models towards the sustainable Read More

I Fell In Love With Chattanooga

Guest post by Lisa Garvey, Mojo Blog Was it the seriously good chicken-fried steak at the all-night CityCafe after 12 hours of delayed ice-storm travel? (Just me and the nice cops at 4am.) Was it Read More

Essex and Hertfordshire County Councils Work Together to Pilot UK Innovation in Smart City Services

Essex County Council and Hertfordshire County Council today announced that they are working together to pilot new smart city services. “Hertfordshire and Essex are pioneers of smart street lighting, and between them already use Telensa 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, DoITT's Commissioner/Citywide CIO, City of New York

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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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