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Denver’s Living Lab Phase 2 Connects Vulnerable Populations With City Services Through Innovative Technology

I recently had the privilege to speak with Jordan Finegan, a project manager at Denver’s Office of Economic Development, about Denver’s Living Lab and her role within the project. As a born-and-raised Denverite and someone Read More

Victoria, Australia Launches $3M AU Microgrid Development Program

The state of Victoria in south-eastern Australia recently launched a $3 million AU grant program to support the development of a renewables-based microgrid project and help grow the new energy technology sector in the Latrobe Read More

US Ignite Grants Wilson, NC $10K To Develop Live-Streaming App for Public Safety Drone Program

The city of Wilson, North Carolina, recently received a $10,000 grant from smart cities accelerator US Ignite to enable development of a new live-streaming app to use with its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) public safety Read More

UK Israel Tech Hub Accepting Applications From Israeli Startups

The British Embassy’s UK Israel Tech Hub – a public-private initiative that aims to promote tech and innovation partnerships between the two countries – is currently accepting applications from Israeli startups to join its new Read More

Smart Checklist: Public-Private Partnerships

The Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived, and connected devices are increasingly involved in our day to day lives. Many cities do not have the technology required to run even the most basic of these Read More

Urban Development Institute of Australia New South Wales Awards Two Grants for Smart City Projects

The Urban Development Institute of Australia New South Wales recently awarded two $50,000 AU grants to the winners of its ‘City Life Labs Event.’ The two best technology-focused project ideas will each develop their projects Read More

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

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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Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo convenes leading technology and solution providers with city leaders

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  • Waste Managers
  • Utility Operators
  • Urban Designers
  • Emergency Responders
  • Transportation Managers
  • Public Works Managers




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Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602


Contact Information

General Inquiries

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

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Richard Erb
Executive Director
Tel: (401) 477-2180

Press & Partners

Regina Ramazzini
Community & Partnership Director
Tel: (774) 249-1341

Media & Research

Laura Benold
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