Smart Cities Connect  Conference & Expo

MAY 16-18, 2023 | DENVER, CO

2022 Day-At-A-Glance | View 2022 Full Program


MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2022  Registration 12:00pm - 6:00pm

1:00 - 4:00 EDT AWS Workshop: AWS IoT/AI/ML application for smart city challenges - more info,    Sponsored by   
1:00 - 5:00 EDT SEMI Workshop: Sensorize Your City! - more info (Apply to Attend),    Sponsored by   
6:00 - 9:00 EDT Smart 50 Awards Gala (Additional registration fee) - more info
 

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2022 Registration 7:00am - 6:00pm

7:45 - 8:30 EDT Early Bird Coffee Break
8:30 - 10:40 EDT Keynote Session:
  • Infrastructure Law: Regional deal / ecosystem approach to funding
  • Mayor, Columbus, OH ~ Welcome Address
  • Smart Infrastructure and Sustainability in the Infrastructure Law
  • Smart City 2.0
  • Future of Energy in the Infrastructure Law
10:40 - 10:55 EDT Coffee Break - Sponsored by:  
Breakout Sessions Digital Transformation: Networks, Data, AI, 5G, Sensors, IoT, Cyber
Urban Operations:
Lighting, Water, Waste, Planning, Emergency Response
Smart Mobility:
Transportation, Autonomous, Public Transit, Ride Share
Urban Infrastructure:
Buildings, Energy, Grid, Utilities, Resilience
Community Engagement:
Policy, Funding, Commerce, Inclusion, Governance
Smart City Startup Challenge Pitch Sessions
  Room A110
Room A111 Room A112 Room A113 Room A114 Room A115
11:00 - 11:50 EDT Data is the key to the smart city: What data unlocks for citizens and government leaders Sensorize Your City: Opportunities,  Considerations & Roadmaps
Extreme Innovation in Transit – A Path to Sustainability for Growing Cities The Energy Transition: 
InfraStructure for an Inclusive Future 
Managing the Risk of Local Gov Innovation: Challenge-based Procurement, Innovation Programs, & Working with Startups Digital Transformation Pitch Session
12:00 - 1:15 EDT Lunch (on own)
1:15 - 2:05 EDT Driving digital transformation, smart cities and broadband networks initiatives for the public sector Resilient Streets: The Reimagined Role of Municipal Fleets Time to Act: Cities deliver 21.1% CO2 emission reduction, leverage a new wave of Safety and Planning solutions, and look internationally for ways to break the status quo Autonomous Energy Systems: Connecting Communities to Transform the Problem of Integrating Distributed Energy Resources into Community-Scale Solutions 
Prioritizing the Unique Smart City Needs of Your City with the Smart City Assessment Tool Smart Mobility Pitch Session
2:10 - 3:00 EDT Data Led Sustainability: How data in the AWS cloud helps innovate faster to achieve sustainability objectives Let There Be More Than Light: Use Streetlights To Make Your Communities Smarter, Safer, and More Connected City Spotlights
  • Centennial, CO
  • Austin, TX
  • Toledo, OH
  • Marysville, OH
LoRaWAN – An Affordable Connected Devices Network based Upon an Open Protocol for Smart Cities/Utilities Ensuring Inclusive Democracy through Equitable Engagement Urban/Municipal Infrastructure Pitch Session
2:00 - 6:00 Expo Program & Reception - Expo Hall - Reception Sponsored by   Wi-Fiber
 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2022 Registration 7:00am - 5:30pm

7:45 - 8:30 EDT Early Bird Coffee Break
8:30 - 10:40 EDT Keynote Session:
  • Social Equity in the Infrastructure Law Era
  • US Ignite Communities
  • A Public Private Partnership In Action: How Philadelphia and Comcast came together on SmartBlockPHL
  • AWS Mobility Solutions
  • Mobility in the Infrastructure Law Era
10:40 - 10:55 EDT Coffee Break - Sponsored by:  
Breakout Sessions Digital Transformation: Networks, Data, AI, 5G, Sensors, IoT, Cyber
Urban Operations:
Lighting, Water, Waste, Planning, Emergency Response
Smart Mobility:
Transportation, Autonomous, Public Transit, Ride Share
Urban Infrastructure:
Buildings, Energy, Grid, Utilities, Resilience
Community Engagement:
Policy, Funding, Commerce, Inclusion, Governance
Smart City Startups Challenge
  Room A110
Room A111 Room A112 Room A113 Room A114 Room A115
11:00 - 11:50 EDT Piloting Novel Broadband Solutions in Seven Underserved Communities Smart Transformation Starts with a Digital Utility
Edge and 5G Application in Transit Usage Enabling Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities How Grand Rapids and Cabarrus County are leveraging technology to drive a modern resident experience across multiple government agencies Urban/Municipal Operations Pitch Session
12:00 - 1:15  EDT Lunch (on own)
1:15 - 2:05 EDT Broadband Network Options for Closing the Digital Divide Multi-Function Infrastructure: Enabling Cities to Deliver Smart, Integrated and Optimized Services IDC Smart City Awards City Spotlights:
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Philadelphia, PA
Lighting the Way: How the Chicago Smart Lighting Program Reduced Carbon, Increased Operational Efficiency, Created Jobs and Saved Money Digital Transformation Pitch Session
2:10 - 3:00 EDT The Data-Driven Value of a Unified Plan and View Visualizing Real-Time Data to Provide Situational Awareness for Emergency Response (SAFER) Smart City Infrastructure: A Once-in-a-Generation Window to Adopt it Deploying Private Municipal Networks to Close the Digital Divide City Spotlights:
  • Fremont OH
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Stafford County, VA
  • Colorado Springs. CO
Urban/Municipal Infrastructure Pitch Session
2:00 - 6:00  EDT Expo Program & Reception - Expo Hall - Reception Sponsored by   Wi-Fiber
 

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2022 Registration 8:30am - 12:00pm

8:15 - 9:00 EDT Early Bird Coffee Break
  
Breakout Sessions Digital Transformation: Networks, Data, AI, 5G, Sensors, IoT, Cyber
Urban Operations:
Lighting, Water, Waste, Planning, Emergency Response
Smart Mobility:
Transportation, Autonomous, Public Transit, Ride Share
Urban Infrastructure:
Buildings, Energy, Grid, Utilities, Resilience
Community Engagement:
Policy, Funding, Commerce, Inclusion, Governance
 
  Room A110
Room A111 Room A112 Room A113 Room A114
9:00 - 9:55 EDT City Spotlights:
  • Aurora, IL
  • Frisco, TX
  • Gary, IN
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Philadelphia, PA
Review of Smart City Sensors in Beachfront Underground Dumpsters
The Smartest Cities choose Wi-SUN Microgrids for Local Resiliency and Grid Benefits ESGs: How we should be leveraging IoT to fuel the transition to a more sustainable community and economy  
10:00 - 10:55 EDT Digitization: Delivering more services with less staff and reduced budgets City Spotlights:
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Columbus, OH
  • Arlington County, VA
  • Town of Cary, NC
LinkUS: Transformational Change through Collaboration A Local Movement: Building a Clean Energy Future in Ohio Environmental Resilience Pilots to Foster Community Trust and Well-Being  
11:00 - 11:55 EDT State of 2022 - The Incumbents, Disrupters, and New Entrants to Smart City Technology
Real-World Insights from City of Gary, Indiana Ransomware Attack Net-Zero Urban Transportation and Mobility: A Focus on Equity Measures, Analysis and Inclusive Service Implementation   Smart Cities: Ethics, Equity, Integrity and Technology  
12:00 - 12:55 EDT   Leveraging IoT to Foster Safe Communities – sensors, video analytics, and more   Water Street Tampa: Connected District City Coins: How crypto and blockchain can transform civic
engagement and promote equity
 
1:00  EDT Smart Cities Connect Conference Closed

 

2022 Detailed Program | 2022 Day-At-A-Glance   


Monday April 04, 2022


12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Registration


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
A110

AWS Workshop: AWS IoT/AI/ML application for smart city challenges (Additional fee)

This course introduces current market trends and AWS offerings for Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Ai/ML) technologies. You will learn about IoT/Ai/ML opportunities, the overall AWS value proposition, and customer success stories. This will include a deep dive of the various services in the AWS IoT, Ai/ML stack. Live demonstrations that show how these services can be applied to various smart city challenges. You will have the opportunity to bring your current/future projects and discuss them with AWS experts and get advice on how to leverage these technologies in your projects. Lastly, you will learn how to engage AWS resources to help quickly get enabled with these services and accelerate innovation. This will start off as a business presentation and then will seamlessly transition into a technical session.

Tim Wilson, Sr. IoT Enablement Specialist, AWS (speaker)
Raj Kadiyala, Senior AI/ML Evangelist, AWS (speaker)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A121

SEMI Workshop: Sensorize Your City! (Invitation only)

Attend this session for a deep dive into the sensor hardware and software driving our smarter cities. From the sensor manufacturers themselves, hear how the sensor works, the roadmap to improvements, what’s next in sensor development and how that might affect your installed systems. From the Product Integrator, hear their what they are looking for in sensor capabilities and the features they are planning to introduce. Attendees should expect an open exchange of ideas and plenty of time for discussions and questions. With the rest of the week for listening to success stories from the city planners, CTOs and customers…this session is devoted to the sensor systems that have made it all possible.

Tim Brosnihan, Executive Director, MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, SEMI (speaker)
Paul Carey, Director MSIG, SEMI (speaker)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Union Station A

Smart 50 Awards Gala (Additional registration fee)


Tuesday April 05, 2022


7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration


8:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Union Station B

Keynote Program


8:30 AM

Opening Smart Cities Connect Conference

Chelsea Collier, Editor-at-Large, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research (speaker)

8:35 AM - 9:10 AM
Union Station B

Infrastructure Bill: Regional Deal / Ecosystem Approach to Funding

Regional partnerships can be the key to the daunting task of creating smarter cities. When city, business and community leaders come together, they can share approaches, best practices and even data to mitigate risk, maximize resources and enhance opportunities for funding. Join us as we explore real-world case studies on how to structure and implement multi-city ecosystems while outlining frameworks to best position your region for success.

Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, Government Insights and Smart Cities, IDC Government Insights (moderator)
William Murdock, Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (speaker)
Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director, North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA) (speaker)
Elle Hempen, Co-founder, The Atlas (speaker)
Tyler Svitak, Executive Director, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance (speaker)

9:10 - 9:15 AM
Union Station B

Columbus Welcome Address

Jordan Davis, Executive Director, Smart Columbus (Introduction)
Andrew Ginther, Mayor, City of Columbus, OH (speaker)

9:15 AM - 9:55 AM
Union Station B

Smart Infrastructure, Sustainability & the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

"If you can't measure it you can't improve it.” This famous quote from Peter Drucker gets to the heart of the possible related to how smart city technology, data and infrastructure can support the creation of cleaner, greener, more sustainable cities. The appropriately designed and deployed technology platforms can reduce waste and save energy all while inspiring new innovation to power new partnerships. Attend this panel to learn how to combine smart technology with smart city making that supports sustainable design goals.

Chelsea Collier, Editor-at-Large, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research (moderator)  (@smartcityc)
Stephen Patak, Chief Revenue Officer, Ubicquia (speaker)
Amanda Daflos, Executive Director, Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation, Johns Hopkins University (speaker)
Melanie Nutter, Founder, Nutter Consulting (speaker)
Conor Riffle, VP Smart Cities, Rubicon (speaker)

9:55 - 10:00 AM

Smart Cities 2.0

Timothy Wolf Star, Managing Partner, Ohio Impact Fund (speaker)

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Union Station B

The Future of Energy

With a $65B infusion of funds for energy, $15B for electric vehicles, and another $47B for resilience, the American energy ecosystem can expect changes never-before-seen in our lifetime. How the government - federal, state, and local - utilizes available funds will make a mark on every household and fundamentally solidify how we source, consume, and think about energy. Together with a panel of experts, join us for a discussion about how this once in a generaton funding opportunity will create opportunities for the future of energy in this country, and grasp the various routes available to cities that ensure the smartest possible outcomes.

Chelsea Collier, Editor-at-Large, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research (moderator)
Brian Johnson, City Manager, Peachtree Corners, GA (speaker)
Oliver Kroner, Sustainability Manager, City of Cincinnati, OH (speaker)
Pablo Vegas, EVP, Chief Operating Officer & President Utilities, NiSource Inc. (speaker)

10:40 AM - 10:55 AM

Coffee Break


11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
A110

Data is the key to the smart city: What data unlocks for citizens and government leaders

Data is key, the key to the smart city, that is. Join Spectrum and their smart city clients to learn what data can unlock for your smart city. The panel will discuss implementation of smart city initiatives and how leveraging data provides a foundation for the future to build citizen engagement and drive city outcomes. Q&A will follow the session to engage audience members in the discussion.

Patti Zullo, Sr. Director Smart City Solutions, Spectrum (speaker)
Kirk Niemeyer, City Engineer, City of Lima, OH (speaker)
Alison Barlow, Executive Director, St. Petersburg Innovation District (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
A111

Sensorize Your City: Opportunities, Considerations & Roadmaps

This panel will provide insights in the sensor hardware and software driving our smarter cities. Working with the leading integrators, SEMI MSIG is bringing their members, the sensor designers and manufacturers who are enabling the technology advancements to SMARTER, SMALLER, BETTER sensors. Hear as they also address the business and market questions of how to flatten the ecosystem for efficiencies, the impact of regulations on security and sensor accuracies, and how sensor fusion and edge-processing will be changing the systems you buy and install.

Tim Brosnihan, Executive Director, MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, SEMI MSIG (moderator)
David Van Gilluwe, Chief Data Officer, City of Carlsbad, CA (speaker)
Becky Oh, CEO & President, PNI Sensor (speaker)
Michael Pegues, CIO, City of Aurora, IL (speaker)
Ferdinando Frediani, CEO, Move-X (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
A112

Extreme Innovation in Transit – A Path to Sustainability for Growing Cities (of all Sizes)

With a huge innovation to transit, the Swift Rails panel will discuss what individualized, elevated, semi-autonomous transit vehicles mean for the future of cities. How do you best make use of transit that is 5 times faster; 40 times cheaper; comfortable and emission free? Start before your roads are congested. Tomorrow’s infrastructure will favor sustainable transportation that combines on-demand, comfort-of-a-car transit with a walkable, bikeable, and more livable city – make your city smarter.

Kevin Neumaier, CEO, Swift Rails (speaker)
Daryl Anderson, CFO, Swift Rails (speaker)
Tony Gale, COO, Swift Rails (speaker)
Mark Cotter, CSO, Swift Rails (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
A113

The Energy Transition: Infrastructure for an Inclusive Future

Panel members will discuss how energy companies, working with cities and municipalities, are moving to upgrade and improve energy infrastructure, safety technology, and energy efficiency programs in a way that all stakeholders can share in the benefits of the new energy paradigm.

Chelsea Collier, Editor-at-Large, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research (moderator)  (@smartcityc)
Vince Parisi, President & COO, Columbia Gas of Ohio (speaker)
Marc Reitter, President & COO, American Electric Power, Ohio (speaker)
Jim Eck, Vice President & General Manager, Dominion Energy Ohio (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
A114

Managing the Risk of Local Gov Innovation: Challenge-based Procurement, Innovation Programs, & Working with Startups

This panel will show a path for local government leaders to meet their challenges with affordable and innovative startup solutions. Challenge-based procurement, free support from nonprofit organizations like CivStart, and pilot program best practices will all be discussed, as well as examples in small and large cities and counties.

Sarah Kerner Nicoll, Chief Strategy Officer, CivStart (moderator)
Nia Richardson, Asst. to Director for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, City of Kansas City, MO (speaker)
Emily Yates, Smart City Director, City of Philadelphia (speaker)
Lomax Campbell, President of Third Eye Network/, Founding Chairman of the Board, Niche Market Insights Foundation Inc. (speaker)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
A115

Smart Cities Startup Challenge: Digital Transformation

Join us for the 9th annual Smart Cities Startup Challenge, delivering transformational solutions to cities and military components. Leading startups will pitch solutions and engage with attendees and review panel featuring investment, city, industry, and military leadership.

Jennifer Rocha, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, TechConnect Division, ATI (chair)
Ross Roley, Energy Innovation Office Lead, USINDOPACOM (Opening Remarks) (speaker)
Paul Hoekstra, Mobility BU Director U.S.A., TNL Mobility Inc. (review panelist)
Rachael Newberry, Program Director, RIoT (review panelist)
Stephen Patak, Chief Revenue Officer, Ubicquia (review panelist)
Tim Fowler, DTIC IAC Representative, USSTRATCOM (review panelist)
11:13 AM

Data Quality Method, Pandata Tech (innovator)

11:21 AM

M1 Portal - Mission Control Center for Smart Buildings, Service Robotics & Technologies (innovator)

11:37 AM

Traceless Box, Max Powers, LLC (innovator)

11:45 AM

Air Quality Sensor Networks with Data Visualization, Tetrad Sensor Network Solutions (innovator)

11:53 AM

Digital Twin Content for Game Engines, SimBlocks.io (innovator)


12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch (on own)


1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
A110

Driving digital transformation, smart cities and broadband networks iniatives for the public sector

It is widely recognized that many districts in cities are lacking true essential broadband connectivity, and it is also widely recognized that many cities are struggling to scale some of their digital transformation initiatives, which are often staying at proof-of-concept level. What is the commonality in between both situations? Building the business case to bring investment in some of these projects has often been the main challenge. But the situation is changing and solutions are emerging which require to play at the political, financial and technical levels. Through testimonial of cities, this panel discussion we’ll look at the solutions to build the case for a city-wide digital transformation and provide real use cases of actual deployments: The different source of financing The different models that local governments can consider The technological solutions to lower the ROI of these projects

Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, Government Insights and Smart Cities, IDC Government Insights (moderator)
Mike Allison, Head of Government and Cities, Nokia North America (speaker)
Lori (Sherwood) Adams, Senior Director of Broadband Policy & Funding Strategy, Nokia (speaker)
Doug McCollough, CIO, City of Dublin, OH (speaker)
Jason Dixon, CEO, Strategic Alliance Community Development Corporation (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
A111

Resilient Streets: The Reimagined Role of Municipal Fleets

We see a future in which heavy duty municipal fleets are adaptable, scalable, and leveraged to share data across departments, provide equitable services, and empower public works teams to thrive even during times of crises. Today, modern fleet technologies are helping cities uncover efficiencies and valuable data integrations, achieve sustainability goals, and deliver quality customer service, all while promoting fiscal responsibility to save taxpayer dollars. This panel, featuring experts from Rubicon and the City of Columbus, will delve into the unique needs of government fleet managers and provide insights into the solutions and strategies that will extend the life of city fleets, optimize routes, streamline operations, and empower drivers in 2022—all of which are essential to helping public works teams transition to agile work environments as part of a reimagined push towards resilience.

Katie Gwathmey, Senior Partnerships Manager, Rubicon (moderator)
Marcus Seas, Geographic Information Systems Analyst, City of Columbus (speaker)
Kevin McSweeney, Management Analyst, City of Columbus (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
A112

Time to Act: Cities deliver 21.1% CO2 emission reduction, leverage a new wave of Safety and Planning solutions, and look internationally for ways to break the status quo

In this panel discussion, the European liaison to California, Intel Mobileye General Manager USA, and TNL Mobility BU Director will share how leading cities in the USA are rapidly adopting solutions that deliver tangible benefits to the people and businesses in terms of mobility, safety, equality, and climate.

Paul Hoekstra, Mobility BU Director U.S.A, TNL U.S.A. (moderator)
Peter van Deventer, Director, Governor’s Office Planning & Research, State of California (speaker)
Uri Tamir, General Manager, Intel Mobileye USA (speaker)
Edwin Mein, Senior Domain Architect, TNL U.S.A. (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
A113

Autonomous Energy Systems: Connecting Communities to Transform the Problem of Integrating Distributed Energy Resources into Community-Scale Solutions

Leveraging the full capabilities of smart technologies will require development, demonstration, and deployment of autonomous energy systems – smart systems capable of effectively and efficiently managing the complexities of distributed power generation, storage, and loads to provide grid flexibility and non-wire solutions to cities’ growing energy demand. In this session you will learn about new efforts to push the envelope of community-scale energy solutions as communities from Ohio to Colorado to Oregon plot their course to demonstrate the business case for grid-interactive efficient buildings by solving real utility challenges. Leveraging the capabilities of smart devices and advanced control systems across communities – with residential and commercial applications, optimized using advanced analytics and control algorithms, and tested at utility scale, this panel will highlight three communities that are scaling up grid benefits at the leading edge of smart energy adoption.

Martha Symko-Davies, Energy Systems Integration (ESIF) Laboratory Program Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (moderator)
Tim Treadwell, Customer Technology Development Manager, Portland General Electric (speaker)
Caitlin Holley, Program Manager, Capital Projects, Engie (speaker)
Chris Bilby, Research Engineer, Holy Cross Energy (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
A114

Prioritizing the Unique Smart City Needs of Your City with the Smart City Assessment Tool

As cities are making decisions about smart city implementations, there are often questions about what the first (or next) type of technology will be. Street lights? Parking monitors? Equipment for police? Air pollution monitors? Rather than going with the technology that the mayor happens to think is cool or the technology that a vendor pushed on the CIO, the city should choose technology that fits the unique needs of the individual city. And the best way to determine those needs with quantitative evidence is the E Source Smart City Assessment Tool. Join representatives from E Source, as well as our partner Connected Cities Integrators and our recent client the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania, to learn more about how the Smart City Assessment Tool was used in Allentown and how the city benefited from the greater understanding of their needs. Prioritizing smart city investments in Allentown led to a greater degree of success in the implementation and higher approval from residents, setting the city up for additional successes with future implementations.

Dale Pennington, President of Technology Planning and Implementation, E Source (moderator)
Jack Hanley, Chief Operating Officer, Connected Cities Integrators, Inc. (speaker)
Chase Berenson, Senior Consultant of Technology Planning and Implementation Company, E Source (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:20 PM
A115

Smart Cities Startup Challenge: Smart Mobility

Join us for the 9th annual Smart Cities Startup Challenge, delivering transformational solutions to cities and military components. Leading startups will pitch solutions and engage with attendees and review panel featuring investment, city, industry, and military leadership.

Jennifer Rocha, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, TechConnect Division, ATI (chair)
Ross Roley, Energy Innovation Office Lead, USINDOPACOM (Opening Remarks) (speaker)
Andrew Ngui, Director of the Office of Innovation and Startups, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (review panelist)
Devayani Puranik, Mobility Development Program Director, Central Ohio Transit Authority (review panelist)
James Gough, Director, Transportation Services, Marine Corps Installations Command, G4 (review panelist)
Paul Robinson, Partner, Bedford Funds LP (review panelist)
Ross Roley, Energy Innovation Office Lead, USINDOPACOM (review panelist)
Andrea Ewing, Manager, Corporate Connections, Rev1 Ventures (review panelist)
1:20 PM

A self-funding, equitable solution to urban traffic congestion, Rapid Flow Technologies, Inc. (innovator)

1:36 PM
1:52 PM

Live Traffic Dashboard, GridMatrix (innovator)


2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
A110

Data Led Sustainability: How data in the AWS cloud helps innovate faster to achieve sustainability objectives

Amazon has made a commitment to sustainability, and we are not alone—our customers look to us for guidance on using AWS services in a more sustainable way, and using AWS products and services to improve the sustainability of their overall businesses. In this session you will learn about how data services from AWS are being used to help drive sustainability solutions in smart cities. You will hear from customers and partners that have used services such as IoT, AI and ML to innovate and solve sustainability challenges. You will also learn of resources available to embark on your own sustainability journey using data led decision making.

Ali Asad Hasan, BD for IoT/Smart Cities Partners., AWS (speaker)

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
A111

Let There Be More Than Light: Use Streetlights To Make Your Communities Smarter, Safer, and More Connected

Many communities are looking at lighting projects in isolation. They are switching to LED, adding controls, and saving money. While these are important first steps, these projects could deliver significantly more value from your streetlight and utility poles. Learn how you can tap into lighting projects to provide residents with WiFi access, enhance safety, and gain more insight into the communities you serve. Attend this session to learn: * How you can use video AI to make transportation more efficient, improve pedestrian safety, and gain critical insights that enable law enforcement officials to solve serious crimes and make communities safer. * How you can break down city government silos to bring wireless access to communities of all sizes, particularly for digitally underserved communities facing increased demands for remote learning and telework. * How you can more easily tap into government funding to get your smart city and smart grid projects done

Chelsea Collier, Editor-at-Large, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research (moderator)  (@smartcityc)
Stephen Patak, Chief Revenue Officer, Ubicquia (speaker)
Ray Martinez, Former Miami Police Chief/, V2 Global (speaker)
Tod Riedel, Director, Government Video Solutions, Avigilon (speaker)

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
A112

City Spotlights: Smart Mobility

This panel of city leaders and innovators will discuss their mobility priorities and the biggest challenges they are facing in transforming urban mobility. The moderated panel will look at best practices and lessons the cities have learned as they cope with a changing mobility landscape, industry disruptions, and the complexities of implementing new services.

Aslyne Rodriguez, Director Of Government Affairs, at Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) (moderator)
Christina Willingham, Manager, Smart Mobility Office, Austin Transportation Department, City of Austin (speaker)
Anna Bunce, City Traffic Engineer, City of Centennial, CO (speaker)
Marc Dilsaver, Mobility & Construction Manager, City of Marysville, OH (speaker)
Laura Koprowski, CEO, The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) (speaker)

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
A113

LoRaWAN – An Affordable Connected Devices Network based Upon an Open Protocol for Smart Cities/Utilities

With cities increasingly recognizing the need to control energy consumption, reduce waste, improve operations and inefficient consumption of vital resources, the requirement to make utilities and cities smart is increasingly important. Although the needs of electricity, gas and water utilities are different, each utility type requires similar foundational technologies for smart devices, connectivity and data analytics. In this panel session, experts share information and educate participants on the LoRa (Long Range) technology stack to gain perspective of what it is and its’ value proposition enabling small to medium-sized cities to economically modernize their distribution grid metering. Typically LoRa is deployed to initially support today’s next gen AMIs, this network architecture is used to interface an Advanced Metering Infrastructure Headend with field device meter endpoints based on a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) IoT radio frequency (RF) technology called LoRa. This infrastructure gives the cities and utilities a flexible IoT network that can be leveraged for many other data enablement use cases.

Linda Stevens, Vice President of Smart Grid Sales, Open Access Technology International (moderator)
Matt Kiesow, Associate Director Strategic Products, Open Access Technology International (speaker)
Derek Wallace, Vice President of Marketing, LoRa Alliance® (speaker)

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
A114

Ensuring Inclusive Democracy through Equitable Engagement

During the pandemic, the loudest town hall voices moved online and dominated city-run social media & message boards. This left local governments asking: how do we engage our community, including those who aren’t already online? In this session, the City of Lancaster and CitizenLab will share how a mix of digital and offline engagement tactics brought traditionally unheard communities into the feedback loop on topics such as creating Lancaster’s next Comprehensive Plan, prioritizing $39.5 million in American Rescue Plan funds, and planning for safe streets. We’ll cover the process of balancing online and “low-tech” engagement strategies that build off existing community networks and systems by starting with an overview of digital community engagement, doing a deeper dive into concrete Lancaster’s good practices, and wrapping up with a Q&A session.

Ben Gordon, US Projects Lead, CitizenLab (moderator)
Milzy Carrasco, Director of Neighborhood Engagement, City of Lancaster, PA (speaker)
Wyatt Behringer, Communications Strategist, City of Lancaster, PA (speaker)

2:30 PM - 3:35 PM
A115

Smart Cities Startup Challenge: Urban/Municipal Infrastructure and Operations

Join us for the 9th annual Smart Cities Startup Challenge, delivering transformational solutions to cities and military components. Leading startups will pitch solutions and engage with attendees and review panel featuring investment, city, industry, and military leadership.

Lisa Delp, Co-President and Founding Partner, GDI Partners, LLC (chair)
Michael Wu, Executive Director, RISE (Opening Remarks) (speaker)
Chari Mullen, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, City of Fremont, Ohio (review panelist)
Don Jacobson, IT Business Partner for Innovation, City of Las Vegas, NV (review panelist)
Lisa Hayes, Strategic Performance Manager, Town of Wake Forest, NC (review panelist)
Michael Wu, Executive Director, RISE (review panelist)
Ryan Trujillo, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Colorado Springs, CO (review panelist)
Scott Swanson, Program Manager of Agile Operational Technology, Parallax Advanced Research (review panelist)
Hurst Renner, Senior Manager, Public Policy & Smart Cities, Rubicon (review panelist)
2:51 PM

Virtual City Hall, Cocoflo Innovations (innovator)

3:15 PM

Automated ADA Transition Planning, DeepWalk (innovator)

3:23 PM

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Expo Hall A

Expo Program & Reception


Wednesday April 06, 2022


7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Coffee


8:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Union Station B

Keynotes


8:30 AM
Union Station B

Smart Cities Connect Conference Keynote Welcome

Laura Benold, Managing Editor, Smart Cities Connect Media (speaker)

8:30 AM - 9:05 AM
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Social Equity in the Infrastructure Law Era

What will it mean when broadband reaches every American home? How can we heal fractured communities with thoughtful infrastructure? How do we prioritize accessibility in transit? Municipal decision-makers consider these questions and more every day. The choices they make impact residents and the community for generations to come, resonating most loudly with the underserved. On this panel, we will discuss how city leaders can judiciously employ funding from the recently passed Infrastructure Bill, along with a data-based approach, to bolster social equity in their communities.

Laura Benold, Managing Editor and Communications Director, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research (moderator)
Mariela Alfonzo, Founder, State of Place (speaker)
Michael Dunaway, Smart Connected Systems (GCTC), National Institute of Standards and Technology (speaker)
Renee Peet, Vice President Product Management and Marketing, Xylem (speaker)
Gary Underwood, GVP of State Government Affairs, Spectrum (speaker)

9:05 AM - 9:15 AM
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US Ignite Communities

Join US Ignite in recognizing a leading group of communities working toward accelerating the smart city movement, closing the digital divide, and driving innovation.

Lee Davenport, Director of Community Development, US Ignite (speaker)
Nick Maynard, Co-founder and CEO, US Ignite (speaker)

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
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A Public Private Partnership In Action: How Philadelphia and Comcast came together on SmartBlockPHL

The City of Philadelphia recently partnered with Comcast on SmartBlockPHL, a pilot program that uses sensors to count objects, understand space utilization, and monitor air quality in a heavily trafficked area of the city. In addition to creating a new kind of partnership, the solution prioritized privacy, developing a solution that addresses the city’s needs while protecting and ensuring the privacy of its residents. Hear from representatives of Philadelphia and Comcast as they discuss how they came together, the challenges they faced, what lessons were learned in building out the pilot, and early findings.

Mari Silbey, Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach, US Ignite (moderator)
Emily Yates, Smart City Director, City of Philadelphia (speaker)
Stephen Hackley, SVP – Community Connections, Comcast (speaker)

9:45 AM - 9:53 AM
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Accelerating Digital Transformation with AWS Cloud

Wilfred Justin, Technology Executive, AWS (speaker)

9:55 AM - 10:40 AM
Union Station B

Mobility in the Infrastructure Law Era

Whether you dream of a driverless world, a cityscape without personal vehicles or parking garages, taking flight on your way to work, or the simplicity of a smart public transit system that is accessible to all, the future of mobility begins with decisions that cities and regions make today. On this panel, join us for a discussion about how the recently passed Infrastructure Bill will impact modern decision-making about mobility and the legacy our cities create on the open road and beyond.

Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, Government Insights and Smart Cities, IDC Government Insights (moderator)
Wilfred Justin, Technology Executive, AWS (speaker)
Kevin Neumaier, CEO, Swift Rails (speaker)
Christina Willingham, Manager, Smart Mobility Office, Austin Transportation Department, City of Austin (speaker)

10:40 AM - 10:55 AM

Coffee Break


11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
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Piloting Novel Broadband Solutions in Seven Underserved Communities

The recently passed infrastructure package underscores the need to deliver broadband to everyone as it allocates $42.5 billion to set up the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) grant program. In early 2021, US Ignite established Project OVERCOME to select, launch, and oversee seven proof-of-concept efforts that deployed novel broadband technology solutions in rural and urban underserved communities. This panel discussion will feature Project OVERCOME grantees sharing their experiences in quickly deploying connectivity solutions to underserved and unserved areas. Be inspired and learn how to incorporate their learnings into upcoming BEAD funding opportunities.

Mari Silbey, Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach, US Ignite (moderator)
Casey Canfield, Assistant Professor, Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology (speaker)
Filippo Malandra, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, University at Buffalo (speaker)
Dorothy Baunach, Chief Executive, DigitalC (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
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Smart Transformation Starts with a Digital Utility

Hear how one large city is innovating their water network and using utility resources to address population changes, the impacts of climate change, and on-going regulation modifications. With more connected and innovative devices that modernize urban areas, utility services can often be overlooked as the backbone of a smart city. Imagine being able to attach remote sensors to alert you to rising floodwaters that provide a quick response to keep your community safe. What if your water system allowed you to manage the temperature and pressure of the water to maintain healthy water quality and reduce water loss? Learn how this utility is using connected solutions and devices transmitting large amounts of data over their network to provide the intelligence to make the right decisions at the right time. Moving from a physical system to a digital network allows utility operators to proactively manage network assets, providing the tools for more efficient-to-day operations, and insights across the entire water system, leading the way to a future where water is safe, accessible and affordable.

Matthew Thomas, Assistant Director, City of Houston (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
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Edge and 5G Application in Transit Usage

Effectively harnessing the power of mobile edge computing (MEC) and 5G in transit operations.

Adair Grover, CEO, Wi-Fiber (moderator)
Mike Helfrich, CEO, Blueforce (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
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Enabling Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities

Smart, Resilient and Sustainable. Cities throughout the US are being challenged to incorporate these elements into new projects, while also considering the equity impact on their communities. Events of the past few years demonstrated how critical resiliency and sustainability efforts are. Join us for this panel discussion among sustainability, resiliency, and smart city leaders and hear them share their success stories and lessons learned from projects in their communities.

Daniel Obodovski, Consultant, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (moderator)
George Karayannis, Lead, North American Smart Cities, Honeywell (speaker)
Alissa Farina, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami, FL (speaker)
Michael Kilpatrick, Key Segment Manager – State & Local Government, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (speaker)
Ryan Trujillo, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Colorado Springs, CO (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
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How Grand Rapids and Cabarrus County are leveraging technology to drive a modern resident experience across multiple government agencies

How can cities and counties better connect with and improve daily life for residents? Grand Rapids and Cabarrus County turned to innovative technology for the answer, improving revenue collection and disbursement, IT efficiency, operations and constituent satisfaction along the way. Join Grand Rapids City Treasurer, John Globensky, and Cabarrus County NC Tax Administrator, David Thrift, as they discuss the immediate and unanticipated benefits of digitizing tax and utility bill collections, and how changes in their operations are leading to more positive resident experiences with other government agencies.

Neil Graham, Chief Revenue Officer, PayIt (speaker)
John Globensky, City Treasurer, City of Grand Rapids (speaker)
David Thrift, Tax Administrator, Cabarrus County NC (speaker)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Smart Cities Startup Challenge: Urban/Municipal Operations

Join us for the 9th annual Smart Cities Startup Challenge, delivering transformational solutions to cities and military components. Leading startups will pitch solutions and engage with attendees and review panel featuring investment, city, industry, and military leadership.

Lisa Delp, Co-President and Founding Partner, GDI Partners, LLC (chair)
James Gough, Director, Transportation Services, Marine Corps Installations Command, G4 (review panelist)
Lisa Delp, Co-President and Founding Partner, GDI Partners, LLC (review panelist)
Lisa Hayes, Strategic Performance Manager, Town of Wake Forest, NC (review panelist)
Rachael Newberry, Program Director, RIoT (review panelist)
Frank "D9" DiGiovanni, Operational and Technology Director, Parallax Advanced Research (review panelist)
Tim Roe, Director, Rev1 Ventures (review panelist)
Dave Rios, DTIC IAC Field Rep, U.S. Central Command (review panelist)
11:05 AM
11:21 AM

Fiber Optic Sensing, Terra Sound Technologies LLC (innovator)

11:37 AM

HighTide Platform, HighTide Intelligence (innovator)


12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch (on own)


1:15 PM - 2:05 PM

Broadband Network Options for Closing the Digital Divide

The passage of the infrastructure bill will bring much needed funding to mitigate the Digital Divide. The disparity in access to broadband is not new but the past two years have highlighted the challenge for many students, employees, and others struggling to connect and participate in today’s digital economy. School districts have invested heavily in a variety of mobile devices keeping students connected to the classroom. The opportunity now exists to build on these investments and improve access to technology, solve the homework gap and provide internet service to families and individuals in need. Performance on the traditional mobile networks is not consistent across all neighborhoods. Many cities are considering improvements to Wi-Fi deployments or building private CBRS networks. Working with existing service providers can solve poor service areas as well. All of these options can be leveraged to improve connectivity for city services including education, law enforcement, telehealth, and general IoT infrastructure. Understanding network availability and performance is necessary for directing efforts to ensure that everyone can share in today’s technology as well as the advancements in the years to come.

Bryan Darr, VP of Smart Communities, Ookla (moderator)
Tom Kane, CEO, Network Building & Consulting (NB+C) (speaker)
Patrick Ryan, Solutions Engineer, Esri (speaker)
Kevin Hasley, VP, Strategic Initiatives, Root Metrics (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
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Multi-Function Infrastructure: Enabling Cities to Deliver Smart, Integrated and Optimized Services

Deployment of infrastructure solutions, where multiple technologies are deployed in a single form factor, are growing in popularity and functionality and offer cities a plethora of possibilities. Solutions today include combinations of 4G/5G radios, IoT sensors, Wi-Fi, GPS, mesh nodes, LED lighting, CCTV cameras, mobile edge computing, advertising/signage and more, offering a host of use cases, information and transactional services. This panel will discuss some of the exciting solutions available today, examples of deployment, the importance of digital twin-based multi-infrastructure planning solutions for optimizing MI placement and various business models to support.

George Reed, SVP Sales and Marketing NORAM, Siradel (moderator)
Mathias Auffray, Technical Account Manager, Siradel (speaker)
Steve Hyser, Managing Director/Co-Founder, SmartPoint.IO (speaker)
Rhett Gustafson, EVP Corporate Development, EDJX (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
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IDC Smart City Awards

Join IDC as we celebrate the award winners and finalists from 2022 IDC Smart Cities North America Awards. This session will shine a spotlight on the winners and finalists of our 5th annual SCNAA. All the winning projects are from forward-thinking state, local and/ or educational institutions and founded on strong leadership and the innovative use of technology to serve the public and deliver outcomes. These awards are especially important as these organizations executed and sustained successful smart city initiatives amid challenging times. Moderated by Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, IDC Government Insights and Smart Cities and Communities Strategies, this session will focus on best practices for successful project implementations. Join us to gain insight into the critical success factors of these award-winning initiatives that made more sustainable and livable cities with new services and economic opportunities.

Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, Government Insights and Smart Cities, IDC Government Insights (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
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City Spotlights: Urban Infrastructure

This moderated panel will explore and identify challenges and best practices presented by the participating cities. Some of the topics covered may include, buildings, energy, grid, utilities, and resilience.

Ryan Trujillo, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Colorado Springs, CO (moderator)
Oliver Kroner, Sustainability Manager, City of Cincinnati, OH (speaker)
Helen Ramirez, Deputy City Manager, City of Brownsville, TX (speaker)
Adam Wason, Director, Department of Public Works, City of Bloomington, IN (speaker)
Akshay Malik, Infrastructure Innovation Coordinator, City of Philadelphia, PA (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
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Lighting the Way: How the Chicago Smart Lighting Program Reduced Carbon, Increased Operational Efficiency, Created Jobs and Saved Money

The Chicago Smart Lighting Program is the largest city-led wireless smart street lighting program in the country, and it is already providing significant environmental and financial benefits. In 2021, for the first time since the start of the project in 2017, the City’s streetlight electricity bill was cut by more than half. With energy prices on the rise, the City projects savings of $100 million over the first ten years.  In this session, City representatives and the prime contractor for the $160 million program, Ameresco Inc., will discuss how this can be done at Cities across the nation, no matter the size. Through this unique partnership, the City and Ameresco were able to design the program to ensure diversity in subcontractors and access to jobs and marketable skills for City residents, exceeding all Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals. As the third largest city in the country, Chicago’s Smart Lighting Program serves as a roadmap for how other large cities nationwide can partner with the private sector to make fundamental changes in infrastructure programs. Presenters will discuss how your city can improve climate outcomes, increase operational efficiency, create jobs, and save money. - Attendees will learn how the Chicago Smart Lighting Program can be used as a blueprint for smart cities initiatives, no matter the size of the city. - Attendees will understand how the City of Chicago and Ameresco worked together from the early stage of program development to ensure a local and diverse workforce was a priority. - Attendees will leave with tactical next steps to take following the session to get their communities on the path to becoming a smart city.

Chris Foreman, CEO, Marketplace.city (moderator)
Steve Taggart, Vice President, Ameresco (speaker)
Fritz Feiten, National Lighting Consultant, Ameresco (speaker)
Kristin Managlia, Project Development Engineer, Ameresco (speaker)

1:15 PM - 2:10 PM
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Smart Cities Startup Challenge: Digital Transformation

Join us for the 9th annual Smart Cities Startup Challenge, delivering transformational solutions to cities and military components. Leading startups will pitch solutions and engage with attendees and review panel featuring investment, city, industry, and military leadership.

Jennifer Rocha, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, TechConnect Division, ATI (chair)
Don Jacobson, IT Business Partner for Innovation, City of Las Vegas, NV (review panelist)
Jennifer Rocha, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, TechConnect Division, ATI (review panelist)
Michael Pegues, CIO, IT Department, City of Aurora, IL (review panelist)
Ross Roley, Energy Innovation Office Lead, USINDOPACOM (review panelist)
Scott Swanson, Program Manager of Agile Operational Technolog, Parallax Advanced Research (review panelist)
Richard Garbi, CTO, PayIt (review panelist)
1:20 PM

Automatic Bike Ride Tracking App, Love to Ride (innovator)

1:36 PM

City Coin Platform, Colu (innovator)

1:44 PM

Maka Social, Maka Social (innovator)

2:00 PM

NvisiLink Wireless Solutions, Espre Technologies, Inc. (innovator)


2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
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The Data-Driven Value of a Unified Plan and View

In order to most quickly and effectively realize value gained from Smart City initiatives, a community must embrace and establish two key actions: First: Establish a unified and mutually benefitting plan amongst departments/agencies; Second: Have access to a Single Pane of Glass (SPOG) providing real time and historic reporting of the effects of their Smart/Connected infrastructure investments, which in turn allows communities to make automated data driven decisions that drive efficiencies and outcomes for their citizens. This panel will provide tangible examples from both end users and solution providers to help your community accelerate its success.

Brandie Boaz, National Sr. Sales Manager, IoT for Public Sector, T-Mobile (moderator)
Del White, SVP Global Sales, Quantela (speaker)
Akshay Malik, Infrastructure Innovation Coordinator, City of Philadelphia, PA (speaker)
Mike Grigsby, Director, Innovation & Technology, City of Sioux Falls (speaker)

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
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Visualizing Real-Time Data to Provide Situational Awareness for Emergency Response (SAFER)

Leveraging a strong partnership between Police, Fire, Dispatch, Transportation Engineering, IT and a local school district, the City of Frisco brought a vision for Situational Awareness for Emergency Response (SAFER) into being through the in-house development of a geospatial platform. Since its initial implementation, SAFER has grown into a critical business application that utilizes real time data from nearly 30 integrated systems. These include: 9-1-1 caller locations, RapidSOS, Vehicle and Motorola Radio GPS locations, Waze incidents and road closures, live-video feeds, Weather Conditions, Hazmat Plumes, building floor plans and the location of critical infrastructure. Frisco officials will share and answer questions about the evolution of this critical system and their ongoing efforts to incorporate emerging technologies while keeping SAFER relevant and sustainable. This includes a recent reinvestment resulting in an initiative to ensure that the closest available units were always dispatched, providing faster response times, reduced operational costs, and lowered risk to both first responders and motorists by reducing duration of the incident.

Susan Olson, Assistant Director, Information Technology - SAFER, City of Frisco, TX (moderator)
Clay Carpenter, Deputy Chief, City of Frisco Fire (speaker)
Mike Hagan, Deputy Chief, City of Frisco Police (speaker)
Cameron Kraemer, Assistant Chief, City of Frisco Fire Department (speaker)

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
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Smart City Infrastructure: A Once-in-a-Generation Window to Adopt it

A DoorDash driver, an Amazon delivery van, and a commuter—stressed and running behind schedule—have all been circling the same block or double parked for 15 minutes when, finally, a parking spot opens up. The dangerous and unregulated parking jam that ensues belongs in “The Hunger Games,” not a modern American city. Transportation activity has still not returned to pre-pandemic levels, which means the coming year is a one-time opportunity for city leaders to roll out technology to change street usage, add pedestrian and bike infrastructure, better manage micromobility, improve parking, carve out permanent parklets, and more.

Andrew Watkins, President and COO, Marketplace.city (moderator)
Sarah Ratcliffe, SVP Product, Passport (speaker)
Robert Ferrin, Assistant Director, Parking Services, City of Columbus (speaker)
Christina Willingham, Manager, Smart Mobility Office, Austin Transportation Department, City of Austin (speaker)

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
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Deploying Private Municipal Networks to Close the Digital Divide

The passage of the infrastructure bill will bring much needed funding to mitigate the Digital Divide. Although much of the attention has been on connecting rural communities, cities have much to gain from this new legislation as well. School districts have invested heavily in Wi-Fi hotspots, Chromebooks, iPads and other devices so that students could connect to the classroom during remote learning. School districts are now continuing to build on these investments in order to improve access to technology and solve the homework gap. Maintaining these services on traditional mobile networks, however, is quite costly. Many cities are looking to improve existing municipal Wi-Fi networks as well as building private cellular networks using Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum — allowing for access to disruptively priced LTE and 5G technology. All of these options can be leveraged to improve connectivity for city services including education, law enforcement, telehealth, and general IoT infrastructure.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading (moderator)
Ben Caruso, Practice Leader – State & Local Government, Juniper Networks (speakerr)
Jennifer Tifft, City of Syracuse, City of Syracuse, NY (speaker)
David Young, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (speaker)
Mat Grudzien, Director, Altman Solon (speaker)

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
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City Spotlights: Community Engagement

This moderated panel will explore and identify challenges and best practices presented by the participating cities.

Amber Cobb, Director of Partnership, RIoT (moderator)
David van Gilluwe, Chief Data Officer, City of Carlsbad, CA (speaker)
Chari Mullen, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, City of Fremont, OH (speaker)
John Holden, Director of Economic Development and Tourism, Staffford County, VA (speaker)
Carlos Tamayo, Innovation Manager, City of Colorado Springs, CO (speaker)

2:15 PM - 3:40 PM
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Smart Cities Startup Challenge: Urban/Municipal Infrastructure

Join us for the 9th annual Smart Cities Startup Challenge, delivering transformational solutions to cities and military components. Leading startups will pitch solutions and engage with attendees and review panel featuring investment, city, industry, and military leadership.

Michael Wu, Executive Director, RISE (chair)
Andrew Ngui, Director of the Office of Innovation and Startups, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (review panelist)
Michael Wu, Executive Director, RISE (review panelist)
Ollie Kroner, Sustainability Manager, City of Cincinnati, OH (review panelist)
Paul Robinson, Partner, Bedford Funds LP (review panelist)
Jason Cahill, BDM, VC & Startups, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS (review panelist)
Katie Richardson, Deputy Director, Government Relations, NREL (review panelist)
Hurst Renner, Senior Manager, Public Policy & Smart Cities, Rubicon (review panelist)
2:36 PM

Energy efficient, tunable air filter, Agentis Air LLC (innovator)

2:44 PM

Safe and Sustainable Grid Flow Battery, Flux XII LLC (innovator)

3:08 PM

Power Grid Outage Avoidance System, Exacter, Inc. (innovator)

3:24 PM

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Expo Hall A

Expo Program & Reception


Thursday April 07, 2022


8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration


9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
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City Spotlights: Digital Transformation

Cities share what it means to remain relevant, safe, and invested in a time of digital transformation. Hear about the unique challenges and opportunities facing city leaders and what the future may hold for connected communities.

Alison Brooks, Research Vice President – Worldwide Public Safety, IDC (moderator)
Jason Cooley, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Frisco, TX (speaker)
Mike Grigsby, Director, Innovation & Technology, City of Sioux Falls (speaker)
Lloyd Keith, Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation and Technology, City of Gary, IN (speaker)
Michael Pegues, CIO, City of Aurora, IL (speaker)
Emily Yates, Smart City Director, City of Philadelphia (speaker)

9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
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Review of Smart City Sensors in Beachfront Underground Dumpsters

Learn how Smart Trash system that is in operation in Spain, Italy, and France is working in two Florida cities.

Jay Wheeler, President, Underground Refuse Systems Inc. (speaker)
Bryant Johnson, Assistant Director of Solid Waste/General Services, City of Clearwater, FL (speaker)

9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
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The Smartest Cities choose Wi-SUN

Creating the smart city of the future while designing for the here and now can be quite confusing at best, if not seemingly conflicting objectives at worst. We can help make things easier with this panel as we will explore the Wi-SUN FAN (Field Area Network), which provides all the versatility and flexibility to implement smart, automated, and wireless solutions designed to make major city infrastructure scalable, safer, more efficient, and more sustainable. Wi-SUN FAN’s numerous technical, performance, and reliability benefits for smart city IoT infrastructure, including superior coverage and resilience and enterprise-grade security already proven at a very large scale make this the smart choice. With more than 100 million devices deployed globally, Wi-SUN FAN is a field tested and proven smart city technology with compatible devices already extensively deployed in North America, EMEA and APAC regions. Learn how Wi-SUN FAN is particularly well suited to dense urban networks applications as well as how easy Wi-SUN networks are to commission and maintain.

Mitch Klein, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, IoT, Silicon Labs (moderator)
Phil Beecher, CEO, Wi-SUN Alliance (speaker)
Teri Nolan-Range, Channel Manager Smart Cities, Itron, Inc. (speaker)
Steve Clark, Security Technologist, WISeKey (speaker)
Paul Duffy, Senior Technical Leader, Cisco (speaker)

9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
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Microgrids for Local Resiliency and Grid Benefits

With the advent of technology advancements, a focus on renewable energy and grid resiliency, and an injection of funding from the new Infrastructure bill, a revolution is upon us. The call is for us, as a nation, to unite and revolutionize our infrastructure to modernize our grids with the goal of de-carbonizing our country. With this in mind, Cities are opting to deploy microgrids to their critical infrastructure (e.g. fresh and waste water treatment plants, hospitals, and public safety facilities, etc.) that provides local energy resiliency, hardening them from power outages, reducing their own cost of energy, and using on site renewable energy resources helping to achieve sustainability goals. Furthermore, the microgrid assets can be leveraged by the local utility for dispatchable demand management for greater grid benefits.

Linda Stevens, Vice President of Smart Grid Sales, Open Access Technology International (moderator)
Brian Adams, CEO, Ollo (speaker)
Erik Amundson, Vice President, Open Access Technology International (speaker)
Shelley Cohen, Director, Clean Technology Business Development, Ameresco (speaker)

9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
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ESGs: How we should be leveraging IoT to fuel the transition to a more sustainable community and economy

There is a tectonic shift occurring as we all begin to really recognize the impact of climate change on our economies and daily lives. Investors and large global organizations are keenly aware and declaring Environmental Sustainability Goals (ESG’s), but how do we get there?

Chelsea Collier, Editor-at-Large, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research (moderator)  (@smartcityc)
Brian Carnell, CIO, Life Scale Analytics (speaker)
Michael Dunaway, Smart Connected Systems (GCTC), National Institute of Standards and Technology (speaker)
Jim Haskins, Director of Community Engagement, Open Sustainability Collaborative (speaker)
Ted Urbaniak, Integration and Development Product Manager, Town Of Cary, NC (speaker)

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
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Digitization: Delivering more services with less staff and reduced budgets

As economic inequality and the consumer price index continue to rise, more and more Americans lose their financial stability and plummet into our municipal run social safety nets. With the number of people to serve and the cost per person served growing at a faster rate than a municipality can increase staff and revenue, what is the prudent government official to do?! This panel will examine how by digitizing, for example through an Open Data Portal, governments create a platform to increase cross departmental collaboration and attract the assistance of entrepreneurs and academics to deliver more services with less staff and reduced budgets. We will then consider how to not leave entrepreneur and academic participation to fate by incorporating accelerators into the municipal strategy. From the government perspective, we will discuss how Colorado Springs approached digitization through a “smart community” approach, deploying emerging technology for operational efficiencies, taxpayer savings, and improved quality of life. Then, we will look at how a Legislator in Buffalo digitized part of his checks & balances functions to improve housing court case outcomes. From the accelerator perspective, we will examine two different models (one a NPO serving govtech companies specifically; the other a qausi-governmental regional innovation solution deployed to address that region’s innovation ecosystem as a whole) and how they’ve been able to use the increased transparency and interoperability of digitized governmental entities to help achieve the municipal goals of greater service, manageable staff workloads, and more robust revenues.

Anthony Jamison, Co-Founder & CEO, CivStart (moderator)
Joseph Greco Trapp, CEO & Co-Founder, Third Estate Analytics, Inc. (speaker)
Phyllis Harris, Community Liaison, Masten District Councilmember., City of Buffalo, NY (speaker)
Danielle Blount, Project Manager, Launch NY (speaker)
Ryan Trujillo, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Colorado Springs, CO (speaker)

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
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City Spotlights: Urban Operations

This moderated panel will explore and identify challenges and best practices presented by the participating cities.

Tyler Svitak, Executive Director, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance (moderator)
Jennifer Tifft, City of Syracuse, City of Syracuse, NY (speaker)
Patti Austin, Administrator, Division of Power, Department of Public Utilities, City of Columbus, OH (speaker)
Holly Hartell, Assistant Chief Information Officer, Strategic Initiatives, Dept. of Technology Service, Arlington County, VA (speaker)
Ted Urbaniak, Integration and Development Product Manager, Town Of Cary, NC (speaker)
John Gabbard, Captain, Canton Police, City of Canton, OH (speaker)

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
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LinkUS: Transformational Change through Collaboration

LinkUS seeks to provide a complete, smart mobility system along key regional corridors, including high capacity and advanced rapid transit, technology solutions, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and land use changes. The initiative is a strategic, data-driven and collaborative response to the challenges facing a growing region, including managing traffic congestion, ensuring equitable access to jobs and housing, promoting economic vitality, and improved sustainability. Ongoing coordination with other growth management efforts will be essential to its success. This panel will focus on the comprehensive planning work leading up to LinkUS [including COTA’s NextGen plan and the MORPC Insight 2050 Corridor Concepts study], as well as the current regional collaborative approach COTA, MORPC, City of Columbus and Franklin Co are taking to bring LinkUS to fruition. From the initial analysis of possibilities within multiple jurisdictions' right-of-way, to a LinkUS program that incorporates multiple elements, the latest in mobility technology, and establish meaningful metrics, this multi-agency approach takes careful collaboration and communication, With the current infrastructure investment climate, the LinkUS partners are preparing for our future!

Erik Janas, Deputy County Administrator, Franklin County, Columbus, OH (moderator)
Kimberly Sharp, Sr Director of Development, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) (speaker)
Justin Goodwin, Transportation Planning Mgr,, City of Columbus (speaker)
Thea (Walsh) Ewing, Director of Transportation & Infrastructure Development, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) (speaker)
Matt Brown, Planning Administrator, Economic Development & Planning Department, Franklin County, Columbus, OH (speaker)

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
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A Local Movement: Building a Clean Energy Future in Ohio

Power A Clean Future Ohio is a coalition effort focused on helping communities in Ohio set clean energy targets and supports the development of carbon emission reduction strategies. The PCFO technical support team works directly with the 22 PCFO communities and their innovative city leaders throughout Ohio to leverage the best technology, data, policy and programs to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy, expand electric vehicle adoption while also ensuring equitable outcomes. The unique model of PCFO has accelerated local climate action by providing city champions with free, direct access to first steps in their sustainability initiatives, including equity coaching, greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and municipal fleet analyses. Come learn more about how local cities and counties in Ohio are leading the way!

Melanie Nutter, Principal, Nutter Consulting (moderator)
Brendan Kelley, Director of Drive Electric Ohio, Clean Fuels Ohio (speaker)
Joe Flarida, Executive Director, Power a Clean Future Ohio (speaker)
Tristan Rader, Council Member, City of Lakewood (speaker)
Mark Charles, Sustainability Manager, City of Dayton, OH (speaker)

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
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Environmental Resilience Pilots to Foster Community Trust and Well-Being

A smarter and more connected world impacts far more than just a community's residents - it influences our natural ecosystem. Innovative deployment of smart sensors may help communities monitor an environment for imminent risks in the water, land, and air. In this panel, three community leaders share the critical insights gained after deploying pilots to advance environmental resilience through smart sensors and community engagement.

Lee Davenport, Director of Community Development, US Ignite (moderator)
Matt Sayre, Managing Director, Onward Eugene (speaker)
Alison Barlow, Executive Director, St. Petersburg Innovation District (speaker)
Kerry Kelly, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah/co-founder of Tetrad (speaker)
Troy Bolander, Director of Planning, Development & Neighborhood Services, City of Joplin, MO (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:55 AM
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Real-World Insights From the City of Gary, Indiana Ransomware Attack

In April 2021, the city of Gary, Indiana fell victim to a ransomware attack. The IT department was suddenly locked out of critical systems supporting essential city services which impacted thousands of residents and businesses in the Gary community. The IT team, led by Chief Innovation Officer Lloyd Keith, immediately took action to cut off any further damage and began taking steps to contain, eradicate and recover from the Conti ransomware strain including partnering with cybersecurity provider UncommonX. During this panel session, CIO Lloyd Keith and UncommonX CSO Patrick Hayes will share further details of the ransomware attack and strategies that occurred to quickly eradicate the strain as well as moving to get the City’s servers back online while ensuring that the hackers weren’t hiding in other systems. Keith will also discuss his ongoing approach to cybersecurity protection now that his department became a victim as well as his belief that no city/municipality is safe and it’s a matter of when not if.

Lloyd Keith, Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation and Technology, City of Gary (speaker)
Patrick Hayes, Chief Strategy Officer, UncommonX (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:55 AM
A112

Net-Zero Urban Transportation and Mobility: A Focus on Equity Measures, Analysis, and Inclusive Service Implementation

This session focuses on how to identify, measure, and analyze urban mobility barriers through an equity lens. Access to mobility options has long been a challenge, contributing to underperformance in economic and social development. With new emphasis on improving transportation systems for those currently underserved, many communities struggle with how to quantify challenges in order to develop and mark progress toward goals. This session highlights case studies to inform design and iteration of solutions and considers emerging metrics such as the Mobility Energy Productivity (MEP) metric and Transportation Burden, and emerging tools for data collection such as OpenPATH.

Andrew Duvall, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (moderator)
Mandy Bishop, Deputy Director of Public Service, City of Columbus, OH (speaker)
Stan Young, Senior Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (speaker)
Mark Minden, Labyrinth Smart Mobility (speaker)
Luisa Freeman, Clean Transportation Prizes, NYSERDA (speaker)

11:00 AM - 11:55 AM
A114

Smart Cities: Ethics, Equity, Integrity and Technology

The NIST Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) is establishing a new effort in Ethics, Equity, Integrity and Technology to support community programs to integrate social dimensions of ethics, equity and trust into the fabric of Smart City initiatives, and define relevant technology challenges and solutions. The effort is being led by a collaboration between the GCTC, Ball State University, and the cities of Cincinnati, OH, Portland, OR, and Long Beach, CA with the goal of developing a Smart City roadmap or blueprint for incorporating social and ethical considerations in Smart City programs. This panel will describe challenges, opportunities and avenues for research as a starting point for community-based efforts to define more ethical and equitable approaches to Smart City development.

Michael Dunaway, Associate Director for Innovation, Smart and Connected Systems,, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Introduction)
Becky Hammons, Associate Professor, Ball State University (Moderator)
Jigyasa Sharma, Smart Communities Program Manager, US Ignite (speaker)
Katie Meyer, Policy and Program Manager, UniCity, Cincinnati Bell (speaker)
Kevin Taylor, Segment Development Manager, Smart Cities, Axis Communications, Inc. (speaker)
Jess Kropczynski, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati (speaker)
Troy Hege, VP of Innovation and Technology, Purdue Research Foundation (speaker)

12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
A111

Leveraging IoT to Foster Safe Communities – sensors, video analytics, and more.

Sensors and video analytics are core to many smart city technology deployments. However, many questions are still unanswered. What benefit do they yield? What stakeholders do they serve? What technology should a city invest in? With so many offerings and sensor types, as well as the break-neck pace at which technology develops today, it is important to understand some underlying principles and definitions before using public funds to procure. In this session, Axis Communications’ Smart City Segment Development Manager, Kevin Taylor, and Senior Technologist, Ryan Zatolokin, are joined by Chief Operating Officer Marshall Freeman of the Atlanta Police Foundation to discuss what you can realistically expect from today’s sensor technology and how emerging technologies impact solution architecture. We will consider how the Atlanta Police Foundation supports the safety mission of the Atlanta Police Department including policy support, funding, community outreach and technology selection. Many sensor technologies such as thermal imaging, radar, and lidar will be considered, as well as the emphasis on the use of high-definition network video combined with intelligent video analytics. Session attendees will leave with an understanding of IoT endpoints, edge processing, deep learning AI, and video analytics."

Kevin Taylor, Segment Development Manager, Smart Cities, Axis Communications, Inc. (moderator)
Marshall Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Police Foundation (speaker)
Patrick Howard, Mid-Atlantic Business Area Technical Manager, Axis Communications, Inc. (speaker)

12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
A113

Water Street Tampa: Connected District

Strategic Property Partners is building the future of southern downtown Tampa at Water Street: a connected, urban, multi-use project on the waterfront. Once all phases of the development are completed, there will be up to 9,000,000 square feet of new commercial, residential, educational, entertainment, cultural and retail space with a total investment exceeding $3 billion. Water Street Tampa is the world’s first neighborhood development to achieve the WELL Design & Operations designation under the WELL Community Standard. Their charge is to positively impact the people who spend time in the district’s public spaces to promote health and well-being across all aspects of community life. Whitespace is enthusiastically and uniquely qualified to work with Strategic Property Partners in this exciting endeavor. By ensuring the behind-the-scenes technology is in place to support the all of its initiatives, programs and activities, Water Street Tampa will lead world’s first Well District and define the standard for well-living in a community."

Mike Smith, President & CEO, WhiteSpace Building Technology Advisors (moderator)
Johan Koch, Senior VP, Marketing, Strategic Property Partners (speaker)
Bill Dodd, Gigamonster (speaker)

12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
A114

City Coins: How crypto and blockchain can transform civic engagement and promote equity

How cities are looking to utilize the blockchain and crypto as a tool to engage with their residents and promote equity. The attendees will learn about existing use-cases of city coins and new models that can be used to bridge the digital divide and close the racial wealth gap.

Michael Mazur, COO, Colu (moderator)
Michael Pegues, CIO, City of Aurora, IL (speaker)
Micah Runner, Deputy City Manager, City of Rancho Cordova, CA (speaker)

1:00 PM

Conference Closed


 

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