Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo

OCTOBER 8-10, 2019 | NATIONAL HARBOR, MD | Co-Located with:

SBIR/STTR Defense TechConnect


Monday, October 7: 1:00pm – 4:00pm  (Registration is free, but limited to pre-registered conference city representatives) 

Smart Columbus Workshop: City to City Exchange

Smart Columbus is the Smart City initiative for the Columbus Region. As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $50 million in grant funding and the designation as America's Smart City. Since 2016, we have learned, iterated, grown, and partnered to ensure the success and sustainment of the Smart Columbus initiative, which starts with realizing the power of data through the Smart Columbus Operating System. 

The Smart Columbus Operating system serves as the technological heartbeat of all current and future smart city projects. It helps measure the performance and progress of the USDOT grant initiatives. It shares data that will inspire entrepreneurs and developers to create Columbus' mobility services of the future. It fuels the technology deployments within the US Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge grant scope. The SCOS is an Open Source platform to ensure replicability, sustainability and portability. We want other cities to use the Smart Columbus Operating System and tailor it to fit their needs.

Join Smart Columbus for a city to city workshop to learn how your city can leverage the power of data and the Smart Columbus Playbook. 

What attendees will learn?

  • Overview of the Smart Columbus Program
  • Deep dive into the Smart Columbus Operating System
  • Future vision for Smart Columbus

Who should attend?

  • City representatives

Book your travel plans now! And stay tuned for a detailed agenda coming soon. Registration is open for city representatives who are pre-registered for the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference. Please send all inquiries to

About the Instructor

Mandy Bishop
Smart Columbus, Program Manager
City of Columbus

Mandy Bishop serves as Smart Columbus Program Manager. Mandy joined the City of Columbus in July 2017, bringing 19 years of industry experience with an emphasis on large, complex project management. Mandy is responsible for the delivery of the Smart Columbus Operating System, systems engineering documentation, interagency coordination, contracting and partner selection as well as all other aspects of the USDOT and Paul G. Allen grant funded Smart Columbus program. Prior to the City of Columbus, Mandy was a Senior Project Manager with GPD Group managing over $100 million in public improvements in the Bridge Street District for the City of Dublin and served as the Project Manager for the Smart Columbus – Decarbonization & Electrification project for the City. Additionally, Mandy served as the staff lead for Governor Strickland's 21st Century Priorities Task Force and later as Deputy Director of Planning for ODOT managing Environmental Services, Technical Services, Transit, Systems Planning and other functions at the department.

Mandy holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and is a Registered Ohio Professional Engineer and Surveyor Intern. Mandy is also a WTS, Columbus Engineers Club and ASHE member.



2019 Bronze Sponsors


2019 Supporting Organizations

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
Colorado Tech Assoc.
Innovation And Tech Today
Local Motors by LM Industries Group Inc.
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
Smart Columbus
Technology Transfer Days

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