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

Canada Smart Cities Challenge Announces 20 Finalists

The 20 finalists for the Canada Smart Cities Challenge were recently announced at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia: Akwesasne/Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Ontario and Quebec (Mohawk Nation) Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, Read More

UPPlift Toronto Announces 8 Urban Pilot Program Winners

UPPlift Toronto, a start-up which seeks to bridge the gap between smart city technologies and infrastructure operators seeking tech that can enhance Toronto’s liveability, recently announced the eight winners of its first-ever Urban Pilot Program. Read More

Colorado State University Uses Grant from Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to Understand Local Food Systems

The food systems research team at Colorado State University has received $1 million in support from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) which will be matched by several other organizations, for a total Read More

Adelaide Implements More Than 400 Smart Sensors Through Region’s Water Utility

The city of Adelaide, Australia has been using an integrated network of more than 400 smart sensors since July of 2017. The network enables SA Water, the region’s water utility company, to proactively identify and Read More

NASA, Airbus and Uber Study Drone Interactions

NASA has recently entered into partnerships with Airbus and Uber to study drones and their interactions with other flying vehicles and urban environments. NASA stated that the goal of the agreement with Uber is to Read More

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Opens Research Facility in Big Data Analytics

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) recently opened the University Research Facility in Big Data Analytics (UBDA), with the aim of fostering cross-disciplinary research collaborations in PolyU, establishing strong partnerships with industries on big data Read More

In Sweden, Smart Means Sustainable

A “Not Boring” Approach to Smart Cities In late May, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Stockholm, visiting with smart city leaders and experiencing their smart city developments. One thing became immediately Read More

Florida Legislature Approves A Community Association Law to Accommodate Electric Cars

The Florida Legislature recently approved House Bill 841 – a community association law which includes new provisions to accommodate electric cars. A preamble to the new law says: “The Legislature finds that the use of Read More

Smart Columbus Operating System Leverages Data To Improve City Services, Transportation

The city of Columbus, Ohio recently launched the Smart Columbus Operating System that will gather data for its smart city transportation project. The system has the potential to reduce collisions, speed first responder response times, Read More

Remourban Achieves Urban Regeneration in Europe with Four Financing Options

Remourban – a five year, European funded project involving partners across Europe working together to achieve a sustainable urban regeneration model – is studying four financing options that can be used to support smart city Read More

Spring 2018 Key Speakers Included:

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

Out of the many conference choices for Smart Cities, I prioritize attending the Smart Cities Connect conference each year. This conference brings together all the high-powered decision makers from every part of the Smart City ecosystem – city leaders, vendors, academics, researchers and non-profit organizations. The atmosphere is energetic and warm which fosters open, honest conversations and making new connections. I recommend this conference for everyone involved in the Smart Cities movement.


Ruthbea Yesner, VP, Government Insights and Smart Cities, IDC Government Insights

The Smart City Connects conference and expo in Kansas City combined cutting-edge plenary and breakout sessions for practitioners from a variety of disciplines, a large expo area through which interested parties could compare vendors and product offering, and outstanding networking opportunities. If you work in this field and attend this conference you go home with a large amount of valuable new information and new contacts. It is time very well spent.


Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer Office of the Mayor | City and County of Denver

The quality of attendees, speakers and exhibitors at Smart City Connect Kansas City was very impressive and also very targeted for our business. It's so helpful to be together, in one place at one time, with so many of the smart city leaders from around the country.


Ian Aaron, Chief Executive Officer, Ubicquia

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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


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Sarah Wenning
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Richard Erb
Executive Director
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Regina Ramazzini
Community & Partnership Director
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Laura Benold
Managing Editor,
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