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

Updates from Infrastructure Week on the Hill: Bloomberg Government Convenes Connectivity Conversation

So two senators, an FCC Commissioner, and the DOT’s Under Secretary for Policy walk into the Bloomberg Government offices. If you think that sounds like the start of a really good story, you’re right. And Read More

Electric Vehicles Act As Means of Storage for Office Buildings

Working in partnership, Hitachi Europe Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE are exploring the potential for electric vehicles to act as a means of energy storage for an office building. For the experiment, Hitachi’s vehicle-to-everything (V2X) Read More

Sacramento’s Protected Bike Lakes Conflict with Current Smart Parking Meters

In an attempt to make commuter biking safer and more popular, the city of Sacramento, California intends to install a series of new-style bike lanes called “parking protected” lanes. To create the lanes, the city Read More

Montreal-Based InnoCite MTL and Centech Incubator Merge

Montreal-based InnoCité MTL, an accelerator focused on smart city startups, is merging with the Centech incubator – created by the École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), which is dedicated to hardware and advanced technologies startups. The Read More

Austin SHINES Project Modernizes Grid With Storage and Renewables

The Austin SHINES Project (Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and solar PV) is laying the ground work for modernizing the electric grid. Through this project, Austin Energy along with many other partners are Read More

Chattanooga Airport Future Home of Solar-Battery Microgrid

The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Electric Power Board is partnering with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville to build a solar-battery microgrid at its municipal airport. The airport already has a Read More

University of Sussex Researchers Compare Local Growing Methods with Kolkata, India

Researchers at the University of Sussex in England – known as Team PollinATE – plan to compare local growing methods with those used 5,000 miles away in the Indian city of Kolkata. Team PollinATE aims Read More

Medicine Hat, Alberta Hires Echologics To Reduce Water Losses with IoT

According to Environment Canada, up to 15 percent of the total water entering the country’s supply line system is lost to leaking pipes. In an effort to help reduce water loss and mitigate the cost Read More

Henderson, Nevada Smart City Strategy Deepens Focus in 5 Areas

The city of Henderson, Nevada has developed a smart city strategy that provides a road-map for citywide smart city initiatives through the year 2020. The smart city strategy was developed in collaboration with Gartner – Read More

Six Communities Selected for Smart Energy Communities Scorecard in Canada

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) and Pollution Probe – an environmental non-governmental organization – chose six pilot communities in Canada to participate in the development of the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard. The communities 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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