Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
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City leaders and innovators, this is for you.

Join us for the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference and Expo, co-located with the Defense TechConnect Fall Conference and SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit. Three extraordinary programs all accelerating innovative solutions for city, security, and society.


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Smart Cities Connect News

Sensor-Enabled Bins Create Efficiencies, Reduce Waste in Hull

The City of Hull in England has partnered with Connexin on a pilot project using sensors in smart bins (trash-cans) across the city. The sensors will collect data on waste in real time, which is Read More

MINILOOP Pipeline Would Enable All-Weather, Zero-Emissions Travel

Richard’s Architecture + Design recently unveiled the MINILOOP proposal for Southern California – an elevated pipeline system that could include an enclosed cycleway for bicycles and e-bikes for year round, all weather, zero-emissions travel. The Read More

Gunnison County, Colorado Reduces Energy Use in County Buildings By 10% Annually

John Cattles, Sustainable Operations Director for Gunnison County, Colorado, uses a number of unique methods to help the county achieve its goal of reducing energy use in county buildings by 10 percent annually and reducing Read More

Madison, Maine Bans Urban Farming

The town of Madison, Maine – population 4,700 – passed an ordinance banning urban farming without grandfathering in current holders of livestock living on small parcels. The town ordinance bans any livestock on lots 1.5 Read More

Iowa City Plants 40 Community Planters With Edible Plants

Iowa City is promoting local food this summer by planting more than 40 community planters throughout the city with fully edible plants and inviting residents to sample the produce. The plants range from staples such Read More

Portland Installs 200 Sensors on Deadliest Streets to Gather Data, Improve Safety

The city of Portland, Oregon will install 200 Current by GE CityIQ sensors, powered by Intel IoT technology, on street lights on three of its deadliest streets to track cyclists, cars, and pedestrians to better Read More

Rubicon Global Works with Montgomery, Alabama to Enhance Waste Management Services

Rubicon Global – a technology company that provides waste, recycling, and smart city solutions to businesses and governments – has entered into a public-private partnership (P3) with the city of Montgomery, Alabama to enhance its Read More

Tampa: Pirates, Cigars, and (Especially!) Smart Infrastructure

Beautiful beaches, quality cigars, pirate heritage celebrations, and Busch Gardens aren’t all you’ll find in Tampa! You’ll also find city leadership focused on smart infrastructure improvements and sustainability. We spoke with Vik Bihde, Manager of Read More

Will Autonomous Vehicles Drive Detroit’s Future?

A decade following perhaps the greatest inflection point in its existence, Detroit is forging a bright new future. I visited the city for the first time in late June and was astounded by the spirit Read More

Orbital Gas Systems and Keele University to Develop New Technology for Future Has Networks

CUI Global, Inc. recently announced its energy subsidiary, Orbital Gas Systems has entered into a collaboration with Keele University in the United Kingdom to develop new technology for future gas networks. Orbital will open a Read More

Speaker Highlights Include:

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

Jane Nicklesh
Jane Nickles
Chief Information Officer, City of Greensboro

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

Kate Garman
Kate Garman
Policy Advisor, City of Seattle

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

Ruthbea Clarke
Ruthbea Clarke
Research Director, Global Smart Cities Strategies, IDC Government Solutions

 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

Smart City Solutions Include:

  • Energy Solutions
  • Transportation
  • Buildings & Infrastructure
  • Advanced/Wireless Networks
  • Sensor Networks
  • ICT Networks
  • Cyber Security
  • Gov/Civic Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Resource/Commerce
  • Emergency Services
  • Islands/Isolated Communities
  • Water/Waste Management
  • Weather Solutions
  • Data Analytics/Tools

Policy, technology and resourcemanagement leaders will include:

  • Mayors
  • Council Members
  • Sustainability Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • IT Architects
  • Water and Energy Managers
  • Waste Managers
  • Utility Operators
  • Urban Designers
  • Emergency Responders
  • Transportation Managers
  • Public Works Managers




Welcome to Tampa, FL

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


Contact Information

General Inquiries

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

Exhibitors & Sponsors

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

Press & Partners

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

Media & Research

Laura Benold
Managing Editor,
Tel: 615-450-8960

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