Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
Defense TechConnect SBIR/STTR

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

The World Food Building Will Incorporate Hydroponic Farming

The World Food Building – designed by the architectural firm Plantagon – is currently under construction in the town of Linköping, Sweden. The north side of the 60-meter-tall building will contain 17 floors of office Read More

Keele University To Test Real-World Energy Infrastructure and Tech at Scale

Keele University in England will soon become Europe’s first “at scale”, multi-energy vector living laboratory, testing real-world energy infrastructures and technologies onsite.  The project – called the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) – has been Read More

Montreal Puts Data to Work for Citizens

The University of Toronto’s engineering department, École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) of Montréal and a number of municipal governments have partnered with the aim to leverage the big data collected by municipalities to make cities Read More

Hong Kong Releases Smart City Blueprint

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government recently released The Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong which maps out development plans for the next five years. The main policy objectives to pursue smart city Read More

Singapore Management University Launches Four Year Smart City Management Major

Singapore Management University (SMU) recently launched a new four-year academic major – Smart-City Management and Technology. The new major is offered by the School of Information Systems along with the School of Social Science. Many Read More

University of Calgary Creates Two Advanced Degree Programs Focused On Designing Smart Cities

The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design has created two new post-baccalaureate certificate programs – ‘Designing Smart and Secure Communities’ and ‘Built and Landscape Heritage; – designed to allow practicing professionals to learn how Read More

Smart 50 Awards Finalists Announced

Smart 50 Awards review committee, Smart Cities Connect, US Ignite, and Smart Cities Connect Foundation proudly announce the 2018 Smart 50 Award Finalists. These municipal-scale projects exemplify innovation and concrete influence in their community or Read More

Nanosensor-Based Detection Technologies Applied in Precision Agriculture

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), along with other Singapore universities and research institutions will form the ‘Disruptive and Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision’ (DiSTAP) interdisciplinary research group in January of 2018. DiSTAP Read More

The Magic of Manchester

­­“What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow.” This well-known phrase was coined in the Victorian era but still rings true today. Known for being the world’s first industrialized city and subsequently Read More

Scanalytics Further Develops Pressure-Sensitive Flooring with ARPA-E Funding

Scanalytics Inc. recently received a $851,957 award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) which will be used to develop floor sensing technology that reduces energy use in commercial buildings. The Read More

2017 Key Speakers Included:

Bob BuckhornBob Buckhorn
Mayor, City of Tampa

Edward Dorman IIIMajor General Edward Dorman III
Dir. for Logistics, USCENTCOM

Henry AhnHenry Ahn
National Science Foundation

James Caley James Caley
Dir. of Operational Energy, US Navy

Michael DanaLTG Michael Dana
Dep. Commandant, Installations & Logistics, US Marine Corps

Nick MaynardNick Maynard
Chief Strategy Office, US Ignite

Karen MooreKaren Moore
Operational Energy Manager, US Army

Bill Snider Bill Snider

Smart Cities Connect struck a great balance between education, structured dialogue, and informal networking. The Conference is focused not just on innovation, but how to improve people's lives through technology.


Matt Gray, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland

The Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo enables like-minded professionals to share ideas by facilitating the discovery and discussion of innovations and achievements. The conference also provides the opportunity to interact directly with vendors and influence product offerings.


Rosa Akhtarkhavari, Chief Information Officer, City of Orlando

This years' Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo was a great opportunity for me to connect with new and innovative smart city solution providers that can help advance Atlanta's smart city strategy. I also got a chance to interact with other city leaders around the world to discuss their respective smart city strategies and how we can collaborate on solving civic challenges using ICT, IoT, and big data analytics moving forward. Looking forward to next year's event!


Samir Saini, Chief Information Officer, City of Atlanta

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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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