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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Adelaide Implements More Than 400 Smart Sensors Through Region’s Water Utility

The city of Adelaide, Australia has been using an integrated network of more than 400 smart sensors since July of 2017. The network enables SA Water, the region’s water utility company, to proactively identify and Read More

NASA, Airbus and Uber Study Drone Interactions

NASA has recently entered into partnerships with Airbus and Uber to study drones and their interactions with other flying vehicles and urban environments. NASA stated that the goal of the agreement with Uber is to Read More

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Opens Research Facility in Big Data Analytics

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) recently opened the University Research Facility in Big Data Analytics (UBDA), with the aim of fostering cross-disciplinary research collaborations in PolyU, establishing strong partnerships with industries on big data Read More

In Sweden, Smart Means Sustainable

A “Not Boring” Approach to Smart Cities In late May, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Stockholm, visiting with smart city leaders and experiencing their smart city developments. One thing became immediately Read More

Florida Legislature Approves A Community Association Law to Accommodate Electric Cars

The Florida Legislature recently approved House Bill 841 – a community association law which includes new provisions to accommodate electric cars. A preamble to the new law says: “The Legislature finds that the use of Read More

Smart Columbus Operating System Leverages Data To Improve City Services, Transportation

The city of Columbus, Ohio recently launched the Smart Columbus Operating System that will gather data for its smart city transportation project. The system has the potential to reduce collisions, speed first responder response times, Read More

Remourban Achieves Urban Regeneration in Europe with Four Financing Options

Remourban – a five year, European funded project involving partners across Europe working together to achieve a sustainable urban regeneration model – is studying four financing options that can be used to support smart city Read More

3 Recommendations for Parking Planning

UCLA research professor of urban planning Donald Shoup’s new book, “Parking and the City,” has three recommendations for how cities plan parking. Shoup recommends cities remove requirements for off-street parking; charge the right prices for Read More

Portland Works with Ride Report To Gather Information from Cyclists

The City of Portland, Oregon, will be working with with local startup Ride Report over the next five years to gather and track data from thousands of bicyclists in the city, and will be installing Read More

TeenTech Offers City of Tomorrow Challenge to Promote STEM

TeenTech, which runs initiatives in the UK to promote STEM (the movement to help young teenagers see career possibilities in science, engineering and technology), has begun its City of Tomorrow Challenge. The challenge offers students, 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

Donald Phillips
Donald Phillips
Chief Information Officer, City of Cleveland

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

Ruthbea Yesner
Ruthbea Yesner
VP, Government Insights and Smart Cities, IDC Government Insights

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:

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  • 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

General Inquiries

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

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Richard Erb
Executive Director
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Regina Ramazzini
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