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

City of Buffalo Urban Farming Program Brings Fresh Produce to East Side, Food Desert

A new urban farming program in the City of Buffalo, NY aims to bring fresh produce to Buffalo’s East Side – classified as a food desert – and encourage young people to consider career paths Read More

Chicago’s Array of Things Project Attracts Interest From Cities, Award Program

You may have heard about the Array of Things, one of the most highly publicized and groundbreaking projects in smart cities to date. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. We interviewed the Smart Read More

City of Austin and The University of Texas Implement Automated Video Analytics for Improved Mobility

Following the 2018 Smart 50 Awards Gala in Kansas City, Missouri, we spoke with The University of Texas at Austin and the City of Austin about their winning project: Automated Video Analytics for Improved Mobility. Read More

NIST Examines Five Focus Areas for IoT Development

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a report – produced by the Interagency International Cybersecurity Standardization Working Group (IICS WG) – which examines what needs to happen next for the development Read More

RMIT University’s Micro Nano Research Facility in Australia Develop Ultra-Thin, Self-Modifying Coating To Create Smart Windows

Researchers at RMIT University’s Micro Nano Research Facility in Australia have developed a new, ultra-thin, self-modifying coating that responds to heat and cold to create smart windows. Working with colleagues at the University of Adelaide Read More

The Schenectady Smart City Report Emphasizes Civic Engagement

In 2018, four projects articulated such a clear plan and vision for a smart future that the Smart 50 Awards committee included them in a special category: horizons. One of those winners, The Schenectady Smart Read More

Seven Qualities of the Future Focused City: Disruptive Technologies Invite a New Not-Normal

Sean Moffit just published the Top 30 Technologies 2018-2023. Topping the list are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Thing (IoT), Mobile/Social Internet, Blockchain, Big Data and Automation. The list closes with Better, Faster Internet, Proximity Read More

An Interview with OASC Ireland / INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, Smart 50 Awards Recipient

Smart 50 Awards recipient highlights several cities in Ireland committed to smart air, noise, and traffic monitoring. Learn more about how they’re making a difference!

An Interview with Dave Roberts, Chief Technology Officer for the State of Indiana

Hear how the State of Indiana supports communities with their smart city initiatives.

Emergency Internet Bypass Lane Protocol Impacts Response with Reliable Connectivity

We spoke with Smart 50 Awards recipient, Emergency Internet Bypass Lane Protocol, to hear how emergency response may be impacted with smarter delivery of connectivity. Learn more here: “During an emergency, successful response and recovery Read More

2018 Spring Smart Cities Connect Speakers Included:

Mark De la Vergne
Mark De la Vergne
Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit

Carrie Bishop
Carrie Bishop
Chief Digital Services Officer, City and County of San Francisco

Darnell Smith
Darnell Smith
Chief Information Officer, City of Raleigh

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

Kate Garman
Kate Garman
Smart City Coordinator, City of Seattle

Rosa Akhtarkhavari
Rosa Akhtarkhavari
Chief Information Officer, City of Orlando

Dan Ault
Dan Ault
Assistant Town Manager/Chief Innovation Officer, Town of Cary, North Carolina
Mark Farrell
Mark Farrell
Mayor, City of San Francisco

Kris Carter
Kris Carter
Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Jen Duthie
Jen Duthie
Intelligent Transportation System Engineer, City of Austin

Chris Castro
Chris Castro
Director of Sustainability, Smart Cities co-chair, City of Orlando
Ken Clark
Ken Clark
Chief Information Officer, The Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County

Bob Bennett
Bob Bennett
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Samir Saini
Samir Saini
DoITT's Commissioner/Citywide CIO, City of New York

Jerry Tinianow
Jerry Tinianow
Chief Sustainability Officer, City and County of Denver
Torri Martin
Torri Martin
Chief of Innovation, City of Atlanta

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




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


Contact Information

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Sarah Wenning
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Richard Erb
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Regina Ramazzini
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Laura Benold
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