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

Saratoga Springs RFP for Parking Solutions Indicates Smart Parking Priorities

The city of Saratoga Springs, NY recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) for solutions for its parking problems. The city is seeking to net the maximum financial benefit possible, balanced with sustaining downtown business Read More

Singapore Tests Airbitat Oasis Smart Bus Stop To Reduce Urban Heat and Air Pollution

The Airbitat Oasis Smart Bus Stop is being tested in Singapore for a period of one year to see if it can address the problems of problems of urban heat and air pollution faced by Read More

Startups In London and Sydney Share Notes: What Innovators Have In Common

Fifteen British startups have flown to Australia as part of the latest Future Cities Mission with the goal of bringing back lessons on building smart cities and forming business partnerships, and investment and export opportunities. Read More

Opponents of Smart Meters Speak Out About Radio Frequency Concerns

Utility companies around the globe are installing smart meters that will allow the companies to automatically measure how much electricity people consume, thus eliminating the need for meter readers to manually take the measurements. The Read More

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

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

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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  • Urban Designers
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  • Transportation 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
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Regina Ramazzini
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Laura Benold
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