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Lima, Ohio Updates With Department of Technology and Innovation

The City of Lima, Ohio hopes to establish a new department – the Department of Technology and Innovation – that would provide enterprise level solutions to improve the city’s services. If the Lima City Council Read More

Queenstown, Singapore Opens Citizen Farm, Brings Community Together Through Agriculture

Citizen Farm, a sustainable and socially-driven urban farm in the center of Singapore’s Queenstown (Jalan Penjara) district opened in June of 2017 with the vision of bringing the community together through urban agriculture. “The urban Read More

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Evaluates Food Pantries To Determine Reliability

A recent study from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH) in a sample of 50 food pantries in the Bronx borough of New York City examined five factors: food Read More

Led By The Will of Innovative Community Members and Driven By A Collaborative Region, Boulder Does It Best

I recently spoke with Bill Skerpan, Innovation and Analytics Manager for the City of Boulder, Colorado about developing a unique smart city vision in a Denver-adjacent community. He speaks openly about the city’s strategy, the Read More

If Federal and Local Governments Don’t Cooperate On 5G, The US Will Lose

On September 5th, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Carr released a Draft Order to streamline a critical aspect of smart city technology deployment – 5G connectivity.  This is a milestone in the U.S.’s race to Read More

Energy Diagnostics Investigator for Efficiency Savings Uses Smart Meter Electricity Data For Virtual Audits

The Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) at Case Western Reserve University has entered into a one-year agreement with Johnson Controls to develop and begin marketing their ‘Energy Diagnostics Investigator for Efficiency Savings’ (EDIFES) – software Read More

Seattle Announces Formation of Innovation Advisory Council To Advise On Improving City Operations with Data and Technology

Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle, Washington recently announced the formation of the city’s first Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) to advise on improving city operations with data and technology – particularly in the areas of affordability Read More

Houston Collaborates On Three-Day Exercise To Cope With Cyber Attacks

The City of Houston, in collaboration with the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, AECOM, and Circadence, is running a three-day exercise to test its ability to deflect and cope with cyber attacks. The trial Read More

Ignite Buffalo Selects 27 Small Local Businesses To Receive $1M In Grants

Ignite Buffalo recently selected 27 small local businesses to receive a combined $1 million in grants as part of a program funded by Facebook, M&T Bank, Intuit, Amazon, WordPress, and WooCommerce in partnership with 43North, Read More

Columbus Releases Concept of Operations for Connected Vehicle Environment Pilot

Smart Columbus –  the smart city initiative of the City of Columbus, OH – recently released its Concept of Operations (ConOps) for its Connected Vehicle Environment (CVE) pilot. The purpose of this ConOps is to Read More

Speaker Highlights Include:

Kerry O'Connor
Kerry O'Connor
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Austin

Miguel Gamiño Jr.
Miguel Gamiño Jr.
Executive Vice President, Global Cities, Mastercard

Kimberly LaGrue
Kimberly LaGrue
Chief Information Officer, City of New Orleans

Chris Castro
Chris Castro
Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando

Anthony Lyons
Anthony Lyons
City Manager, City of Gainesville, Florida
Josh Carpenter
Josh Carpenter
Director of Innovation and Economic Opportunity, City of Birmingham

Andrea Foard
Andrea Foard
Transit Division Manager, Cobb County DOT

Michael R. Pegues
Michael R. Pegues
Chief Information Officer, City of Aurora

Jean Duncan
Jean Duncan
Director, Transportation and Stormwater Services, City of Tampa
Lauren Poe
Lauren Poe
Mayor, City of Gainesville

Emily Silverman
Emily Silverman
Smart City Program Manager, City of Denver

Grace Simrall
Grace Simrall
Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology, Louisville Metro Government

Craig Hopkins
Craig Hopkins
Chief Information Officer, City of San Antonio
Isabelle Lessard
Isabelle Lessard
Lighting Expert, Transportation Department, City of Montreal, Canada

Charles Ramdatt
Charles Ramdatt
Director of Smart Cities and Special Projects
City of Orlando

 Jose De La Cruz
Jose De La Cruz
Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Antonio

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


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

We were excited to host Smart Cities Connect; it gave us a chance to highlight some of the great successes of our departmental leaders in smartification of their teams and, perhaps more importantly, allow them to meet some of the amazing leaders in this space from other communities.


Bob Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Kansas City

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


Ian Aaron, Chief Executive Officer, Ubicquia

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Contact Information

General Inquiries

Sarah Wenning
Vice President, Operations
Tel: (512) 697-8849

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