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2nd Annual Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition - 2018



The 2nd Annual Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition,January 17-18, 2018 in Chicago brings together thought leaders and practitioners from around the world to explore the most recent technology advances, business models, and lessons learned to date in making the Smart City a reality. Expert speakers will examine the experiences of municipal governments who are pushing the envelope and moving toward actual implementation of the Smart City vision. The emphasis is on implementation strategy, case studies, best practices, and the development of compelling business models for transitioning to the 21st Century Smart City.

Event Type:
Jan. 17-18, 2018
Chicago Conference Ceter
Chicago , IL , USA

The world's urban population is expected to increase by 60 per cent between 2014 and 2050, when 6.3 billion people are projected to live in urban settlements. New insights and solutions are urgently needed in order to manage the scarce resources that will be impacted by this trend, as well as operate new and regenerated urban spaces. New generations of sensor networks, Big Data analytics, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications are being deployed in public and privately managed physical spaces to meet these requirements, though many challenges remain. Municipal governments around the world are currently formulating their Smart City strategies - now is the time to engage and learn from industry peers at the forefront of this key trend.

  • Leveraging the smart energy grid for other municipal applications
  • Smart lighting advances, platforms and business models
  • Smart transportation and parking
  • Environmental monitoring and waste management
  • IoT applications and communications networks for enabling the Smarter City
  • Learning from the leaders: key smart city developments around the world
  • Market trends and growth drivers: challenges and opportunities
  • Phased, cost-effective approaches: efficiency measures that can fund additional steps
  • Building a culture of performance via data analytics and benchmarking
  • Enhancing sustainability, accessibility and livability
  • Key emerging technologies and applications
  • And more

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 

7:30 - 8:30 am    Continental Breakfast
7:30 am - 5:00 pm    Registration Open

Opening Keynote Session

8:30 - 9:15 am   

Smart City expert
Bob Bennett
Chief Innovation Officer
City of Kansas City, Missouri
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Smart City expert
Mrinalini (Lani) Ingram
Vice President, Smart Communities
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Smart City expert
Chris Davis
Vice President, Smart Cities and Strategic Alliances
CIMCON Lighting
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Smart City expert
Gordon Feller
Meeting of the Minds
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Building Tomorrow's Cities for Tomorrow's Citizens

9:15 - 9:45 am   
Smart cities represent some of the most ambitious technology projects ever. As intelligent devices spread, physical infrastructure is becoming digitized and the general population is becoming tech-savvy. Based on recent research from CompTIA, this presentation will look at the possibilities and challenges that governments face in building smart cities, and it will also present viewpoints from the citizens' perspective that can impact decision making. Key Takeaways:
  • Smart city projects that are gaining popularity
  • Obstacles that cities are most struggling with
  • How citizens view smart city initiatives
Smart City expert
Seth Robinson
Senior Director, Technology Analysis
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9:45 - 10:15 am    Networking Coffee Break

Delivering the Promise of Smart Cities Through Urban Efficiency Outcomes

10:15 - 10:45 am   
Successful smart cities are those who recognize the importance of bringing together technology and sharing data in a holistic fashion, which in turn creates a safer and more pleasurable environment for residents and visitors alike. At the same time, city leaders will start to see economic growth, reduced carbon emissions and cost savings. This session will explore some recent smart city research findings from a Johnson Controls-led study of over 150 global city leaders. We will discuss what it takes to create a successful smart city by investing in a results-focused approach. Key leaning points:
  • Understanding of global smart city investment drivers, barriers, and technology trends
  • Tips on how to get the best plan for building a smart city and how to weigh investment vs outcome when it comes to technology solutions
  • Ideas on how to improve the quality of life for city residents by taking an outcomes-focused view of smart cities
  • Real life examples of cities that have used this model and the success they have seen
Smart City expert
Lisa Brown
Senior National Director, Local Government and Municipal Infrastructure
Johnson Controls 
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Key Lessons from Smart City Mayors

10:45 am - 12:15 pm   
Cities across the country and around the world are examining what it means to truly be a 'smart city.' Going beyond technology, Smart City mayors are looking at service delivery and other strategies to improve the quality of life for all who live, work or visit their city. This panel will shed light on the latest thinking of mayors that are working daily to make their city a 21st century home for all. Areas of discussion will include: equity, health, inclusion, infrastructure, prosperity, resilience, safety and sustainability. 

Smart City expert
Tom Dallessio
President, CEO & Publisher
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Panelists to be announced 

12:15 - 1:15 pm    Networking Luncheon

The MaaS Effect on the Business of Transport

1:15 - 2:30 pm   

You've heard the term MaaS, but do you really know what it means in the transportation industry? Go ahead, admit it, mobility is on your mind. The excitement in Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is beyond the norm. MaaS isn't just a nice concept anymore - it's an international reality changing the way people think about mobility within the urban environment. It is not about how we transfer people from their cars to public transport, but more about a user centric view that allows the better planning and management of all modes of transport. A journey is no longer from A to B via a single mode, but can be considered as multiple single trips combined into one easy, pain-free journey. In this session, we'll define the sharing economy, access economy, on-demand economy - terms used interchangeably, though not always fully understood. We'll dive into the recent socio-economic shift that reinvented how and what we consume. And if that didn't hook you, how about we face reality and really hone in on the elephant in the room - a world where usage trumps possession, access rather than ownership is king and where consumers' immediate needs can be satisfied with the tap of an app. You in? Good. See you there. 

Smart City expert
David Leopold
Director, Project Management
UI Labs
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smart city expert
David Katcher
General Manager, Chicago
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smart city expert
Andy Taylor
Strategy Director
Cubic Transportation
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smart city expert
Adam Hecktman
Director of Technology and Civic Innovation for Chicago
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smart city expert
Georg Polzer
Chairman and Chief Product Officer 
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2:30 - 3:00 pm    Networking Coffee Break


Fast-Forward Digital Progress - America's Needed Communications Upgrade

3:00 - 3:30 pm   

A dramatic acceleration in connectivity is underway. The number and types of network-connected devices are multiplying, with far-reaching implications on the ecosystem of wired and wireless technologies, products, and services. We see insatiable demand for media and information delivered anytime, anywhere, and flowing through any number of platforms and devices-from smartphones and wearables to smart cars and IoT-enabled sensors, lights, and meters. We are seeing smaller and less expensive chipsets leading to improved economics and more connections. 5G is rapidly approaching where cell sites will be better architected to manage the explosion in data and connections. 

As the future of connectivity takes shape, it creates new demands on policymakers, the suppliers of connectivity, and solution providers. An estimated $130-150 billion in fiber infrastructure is needed over the next 5-7 years to densify networks in our shift to 5G, improve competition, and help reduce the digital divide. Cities and policymakers will play a critical role in tackling these challenges and actualizing these goals. This session will discuss:

  • Roles of local government and service providers who are bridging the connectivity gap
  • New business models for operating / deploying communications services
  • Potential economic equation and considerations of public-private investments
smart city expert
Dan Littmann
Principal, Technology, Media & Telecommunications
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smart city expert
Jack Fritz
Future of Connectivity US Leader
Senior Manager
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Going Native: Citizens, Smart Cities, and Security

3:30 - 4:00 pm   

In this session we will provide a unique point of view, informed by real-world success stories, on how Smart City security can help to maximize the ROI of 'smart' projects while meaningfully engaging citizens. Smart City success will come from many micro mobile-interactions with the smart infrastructure rather than one monolithic smart-city solution. This usage pattern changes the security user experience for citizens, developers, and those responsible for smart city security in ways that are important to explicitly highlight. 

In today's digitally transformed world, Smart City owners need to deeply consider customer experience, especially as it pertains to security and identity. Security cannot be an afterthought or an add-on. Value will be extracted from Smart City infrastructures by software. As more Smart City software is created, we must ask hard security questions:

  • What can infrastructure owners do to ensure that the software written delivers the best security experience possible?
  • How can security officers ensure security and compliance, while enabling developers to create the most secure, native experience, their citizens require?
  • What is a model for success?
smart city expert
David Bressler
Vice President, IoT Business
CA Technologies
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How Smart Buildings Create Smarter Workers and Workplaces

4:00 - 4:30 pm   

Today's buildigs incorporate smart lighting, automated HVAC, mechanical facades and even connected carpets. Despite these advancements, buildings in urban environments still consume up to 48 percent of a city's energy use. As these costs continue to rise, so does the urgency to mitigate building costs and operational expenses. With the rise and continued expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), modern design and construction professionals will be able to incorporate connected devices into their building plans and operational stratgies. A popular vision is one of software -- particularly mobile apps -- controlling embedded systems-on-a-chip, sensors everywhere, wireless communications and even entire connected offices in an effort to bring greater productivity and efficiency to occupants. 

In this session, Dr. Tinianov will discuss the increasing need for new innovations in technology for real estate to improve the health, wellness, and productivity of building occupants. He will address how intelligent technologies -- including smart windows, connected thermostats, and other 'smart' systems -- can both help remedy the sustainability crisis in buildings as well as enhance the occupant experience. Key learning points include:

  • The benefits and effects of the latest innovations in green building design and construction
  • The future of smart systems in the workplace and how they can consistently benefit both the owner and tenant
  • Case studies of integrating multiple advanced emerging and mature technologies to enhance the occupant experience and reduce building emissions
smart city expert
Dr. Brandon Tinianov
Advisory Council Vice-Chair, U.S. Green Building Council
Principal Investigator, PIER Zero Net Energy Commercial Office Demonstration, California Energy Commission
Vice President of Industry Strategy, View Dynamic Glass
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4:30 - 5:30 pm    Networking Drink Reception

Thursday, January 18, 2018 

8:00 - 9:00 am    Continental Breakfast

How Cities use Smart Cities Data to Support Climate Action and Sustainability Goals

9:00 - 10:15 am   
Massive urban population growth has necessitated the development of nontraditional approaches to municipal services. The Smart Cities movement, based on the premise that data is the foundation of continuous improvement, takes a data-driven approach to improve sustainability and resiliency. Cities are preparing with real-time, comprehensive data enabling information sharing between stakeholders and effective decision making in the wake of continuous change. This panel explores the challenges and opportunities that government officials face in designing and implementing urban sustainability programs during times of growth. Panelists will provide real life examples of current and future implementation efforts, challenges and lessons learned concerning:
  • Measuring and achieving sustainability and climate action program goals
  • Reducing consumption of scarce resources
  • Preventing and adapting to climate change
  • Forecasting and responding to natural disasters
  • Involving citizens in decision-making process and information sharing
Smart City expert
Mital Hall, MSc, PMP, LEED AP O+M
Program Manager
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Smart City expert
Danielle DuMerer
CIO & Commissioner, Department of Innovation & Technology
City of Chicago
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Smart City expert
Charles Ramdatt
Director of Smart Cities and Special Projects
City of Orlando
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Smart City expert
Cody Hooven
Chief Sustainability Officer
City of San Diego
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Smart City expert
Alexa Stone
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10:15 - 10:45 pm    Networking Coffee Break

To Open Smart City Data Or Not?

10:45 am - 12:15 pm   
The Smart City as an urban system generates massive quantities of data at any given minute. Transportation providers, city departments, and citizens via mobile applications are all participants in this data-production process. It can be said that reusing these data provides the best method for ensuring value extraction from these data, both for citizens, cities, and companies.

But the question remains: should data be reserved for exclusive use by city administrators or should they be opened up to masses of citizens, civil society groups, and startups? There can be security and privacy questions associated with various types of data that provide a strong argument to keep data private, but equally compelling reasons to make these data open. This panel will discuss these questions, drawing upon case studies from Smart City projects in Europe and the United States and suggest a model for Smart City Data sharing in urban environments big and small. Key take-aways include:
  • The benefits of a Smart City approach putting Open Data at the center to generate maximum ROI and citizen engagement
  • The risks facing cities in Smart City Data Silos
  • What a successful model of including Open Data in a Smart City project can look like to inspire ideas to be adapted for other cities
  • How to balance privacy and security concerns with regards to Smart City Open Data
Smart City expert
Jason Hare
Open Data Evangelist 
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Smart City expert
Paul Baker
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Smart City expert
David Portnoy
Demand-Driven Open Data
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Smart City expert
Mike Nawrocki
Vice President of Technology and Solutions
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12:15 - 1:15 pm    Networking Luncheon

Turning Big Data Into Local Insights For Smart Cities

1:15 - 1:45 pm   
Data generated by cities today reside mostly in silos and formats with varying quality. Making a city smart, however, will involve the collection, analysis and sharing of millions of terabytes of vehicular, environmental and physical infrastructure data each year. We must overcome this data fragmentation and that calls for greater collaboration between governments, the public and private sectors, as well as individuals. 

In this session, Ms. Shah will describe best practices learned from her real-world experiences working with automakers, transportation agencies and cities throughout the world (from Iowa to India) on projects to develop vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, real-time congestion monitoring and road network management, and the digital mapping infrastructure needed for automated vehicles. Key learning points include:
  • No single organization alone can make a city smart -- citizen engagement, data scalability and collaboration are pre-requisite to smarter cities
  • A framework for transportation agencies to answer important questions about how they prepare for and facilitate the adoption of smarter cities and automated vehicles
  • Data-driven decision making has moved from desire to reality. Cities and transportation agencies have more access to the data and tools necessary to make prudent decision
  • Closing the data loop between vehicles, transport agencies and travelers is imperative for smarter cities and the successful commercial development of self-driving cars
smart city expert
Monali Shah
Director of Intelligent Transportation
HERE Technologies
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Effective Strategies for Becoming a Connected Smart City

1:45 - 3:00 pm   

Becoming a smart city is a complex process that takes a lot of focus, energy, and time to develop and implement. Many municipalities are interested in learning and deploying smart city strategies but do not know where to start. Identifying barriers to success and developing a defensible and implementable plan is key. The panel discussion will outline different strategies that encompass the areas of 1) Planning - defining the vision, 2) Accessibility and electric/autonomous vehicle deployment - charging stations, and 3) Telecommunication/data network infrastructure. Key take-aways include:

  • Better understanding of planning efforts
  • Impacts to level of service
  • Policy needs
  • Knowledge of potential barriers commonly faced by municipalities
  • Implementation strategies to overcome barriers
  • Infrastructure needs
Smart City expert
James Hardy
Deputy Mayor for Administration & Chief of Staff 
City of Akron, Ohio
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Smart City expert
Mark Petit
Chief Information Officer
City of Akron, Ohio, and Summit County
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Smart City expert
Mike McGlinchy
Senior Project Manager 
GPD Group
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3:00 - 3:15 pm    Networking Coffee Break


Data-Driven Energy Efficiency

3:15 - 4:30 pm   

Advancements in technology are enabling consumers to have more choice and control over their energy usage. However, consumers tend to lack salience or the understanding of how they use energy, leading to a lack of participation in energy efficiency programs or energy saving opportunities. Today, a customer participation rate in energy efficiency programs of fewer than 10% tends to be the norm, with many programs far below that level. Given the benefits to customers and society that these programs are meant to confer, there is a need to improve customer adoption. Encouraging uptake of energy management programs requires something that can provide right-fit incentives, billing options, and technology presented in the context of their existing, often more pressing, needs, while aligning to specific customer behaviors, demographics, and socio-economic factors. How can advancements in data science improve the design, delivery, and communication of energy management opportunities to better engage customers and empower them to become their own energy managers? Key learnings include:

  • The opportunities in collaboration between energy program providers and consumer data specialists
  • Current challenges and failures in energy management program development
  • How data science techniques can apply to energy management program design
  • How a deeper understanding of the consumer can drive energy management program adoption and, more importantly, consumer empowerment
smart city expert
Alex Frank
Program Manager, City Digital
UI Labs
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smart city expert
Daniel Woods
Governmental Affairs Analyst
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Additional panelist TBA

Chicago's Smart City Leadership: As a center for smart city application and deployment, Chicago is uniquely situated to lead the national conversation about moving toward the city of the future.

Focus on Implementation: The conference places primary focus on actual implementations, key case studies and lessons learned to date, in order to formulate real-world success strategies going forward.

Technology Exhibition: Exhibition tables in the coffee break and luncheon area allow for quality networking with industry thought leaders and interaction with cutting-edge innovations

Senior-Level Executive Attendees: The Symposium is uniquely designed for senior decision-makers, CIOs, and executives charged with making the smart city a reality in today's environment

Emphasis on Qualty Networking: Ample time is reserved for focused, one-on-one meetings and high-value interaction among attendees

  • Government policy makers and managers
  • Mayors and municipal leaders
  • Urban planning professionals
  • Telecommunication companies
  • Electric, water and gas utilities
  • Developers and construction companies
  • Electric vehicle and transportation organizations
  • Financial and investment professionals
  • Smart grid and communication technology providers
  • IT and Big Data analytics companies
  • Standards and regulatory organizations
  • Industry associations

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