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Portland State University Invests $3M to Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative

Portland State University is investing $3 million over the next three years in The PSU Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative and the The PSU Digital City Testbed Center. The new research centers will focus on Read More

GigabitDCx Reverse Pitch Competition Focuses On Gigabit App Solutions in Mobility, Environment, Inclusion

The DC Office of the Chief Technology Office (OCTO) invites area application developers and entrepreneurs to compete in GigabitDCx – a public competition that will focus on the development of next-generation, high-performance applications in the Read More

The Science of Clean Air: How Sensors at Public Schools Put Students First and Put Pollution In Its Place

Driving through Denver, or hiking on the surrounding trails through state and national parks, you’d never imagine that the city has an air pollution problem. It is the country’s tenth largest city but also one Read More

A Tool to Create More Inclusive Cities

“How can we create more inclusive cities?” This is a key question dominating the dialogue on smart cities, responding to the rally cry to move beyond “tech for tech’s sake” and instead focus on human-centered Read More

$3M NSF Grant Helps Arizona State Launch Citizen Centered Smart Cities & Smart Living Graduate Program

A new $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help Arizona State University launch a graduate research training program called “Citizen Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living.” The program will start with Read More

100 Saudi Students Expected at Cyber Security Hackathon

VirtuPort’s Cyber Saber Hackathon 2018 is scheduled to take place November 6th and 7th in Riyadh with more than 100 Saudi students expected to participate. The students – from various public and private universities – Read More

Erie Innovation District Invests $50K In First Nine Accelerator Participants

The Erie Innovation District (EID) in Pennsylvania has invested $50,000 in each of the nine companies that will participate in its first accelerator program, ‘The Secure Erie Accelerator,’ that seeks to bring technology-driven companies – Read More

Bloomberg Philanthropies Chooses Twenty American Cities Climate Challenge Winners

Bloomberg Philanthropies recently announced that the cities of Seattle, Washington and Atlanta, Georgia are the first of twenty winners of its American Cities Climate Challenge. The two-year acceleration program includes a technical assistance and support Read More

Columbus, Ohio and Babcock Ranch, Florida Test Autonomous Shuttles

A number of autonomous vehicle tests are currently taking place in the US. Two of these are Columbus, Ohio and Babcock Ranch, Florida. The city of Columbus has partnered with May Mobility – an Ann Read More

Knight Foundation Announces Five-Year, $5.25M Autonomous Vehicle Initiative

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a five-year, $5.25 million US initiative to take a citizen-centered approach to studying autonomous vehicles (AV) and how the technology will affect urban mobility. The 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
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