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NEXT-GENERATION SMART CITIES

May 8-10, 2017 ∙ Santa Clara Convention Center ∙ Santa Clara CA

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Building on the success of the Smart Cities Council’s annual conference held each fall in Washington, D.C., Smart Cities Week® Silicon Valley honors the region’s focus on innovation – with an interactive and intimate program tailored to meet the needs of cities in Western North America and the companies helping them prepare for what’s coming next.

Focused on the next generation of smart cities, this conference will bring together city leaders and technology innovators to envision the city of tomorrow.

Join us for a unique chance to discuss how cities are leading the way in next-generation transportation, artificial intelligence and analytics, digital payments and citizen services, compassionate cities and other topics.

A Roadmap to a Better Urban Future

Welcome

Welcome to your early warning system.

Each fall at Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C., we focus on what is — on proven smart technologies and how to cash in. Each spring at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley, we focus on what’s next. This event is designed as your radar, to warn you of incoming trends and disruptive technologies.

And disruption is a word that city leaders will be unable to avoid in the next years, as we remake virtually every aspect of urban life — our transportation, our policing, our power, the way we listen and talk to citizens, the way we deliver city services, everything.

Since you can’t dodge this disruption, your best strategy is to prepare. To understand what’s on the way and how to be a victor instead of a victim.

As always at a Smart Cities Council event, you’ll be learning from the world’s leading experts. And from many of the world’s foremost technology companies. And from your peers and colleagues. No other event works as hard to fill the halls and the panels with city decision makers, with emphasis on those individuals actively planning and implementing smart projects.

What do you get when you gather together inventors and technologists and pioneers and city leaders in the innovation capital of the world? You get an unprecedented preview of what’s coming next.

And a roadmap to a better urban future.

Jesse Berst
Chairman – Smart Cities Council

WHY ATTEND

By bringing people together to share experiences, lessons learned and gain an understanding of the city of the future, we can accelerate sustainable, socially-just and economically thriving cities benefiting all citizens.

WHY?

Why does my city need to evolve and grow? Why will smart city policies and investments help my communities?

WHAT?

What is the city of the future? What elements does my city already have and what do we need to know to grow and evolve?

WHERE?

Where are the leading smart cities and what can we learn from them?

HOW?

How do we advance a smart cities agenda within my city, region and state? How do I evaluate, procure and finance smart city infrastructure?

WHO?

Participants meet and interact with the disruptors who are changing the face of cities today and tomorrow – and who are leading the way locally and internationally. They also meet with qualified cities in buying mode.

LOOK WHO'S COMING

We are expecting over 300 (inter)national, state and local government officials, utilities, policymakers, financiers, technologists, nonprofit and trade groups, business leaders, academics, researchers and citizen organizations from 94 cities such as:

Alameda (CA)
Albany (CA)
American Canyon (CA)
Aptos (CA)
Atlanta (GA)
Austin (TX)
Birmingham (AL)
Buena Park (CA)
Cerritos (CA)
Chesterfield (MO)
Chula Vista (CA)
Clearwater (FL)
Columbus (OH)
Cupertino (CA)
Denver (CO)
Eastpoint (GA)

Fremont (CA)
Harrisburg (PA)
Hayward (CA)
Indianapolis (IN)
Jersey City (NJ)
King of Prussia (PA)
Kitchener (AZ)
Liberty Lake (WA)
Los Altos (CA)
Los Angeles (CA)
Manhattan Beach (CA)
Menlo Park (CA)
Miami (FL)
Mount Airy (MD)
Mountain View (CA)
Naples (FL)

New Castle (DE)
New York (NY)
Newport News (VA)
Oakland (CA)
Orlando (FL)
Overland Park (KS)
Palo Alto (CA)
Philadelphia (PA)
Pioneer (CA)
Plano (TX)
Pleasanton (CA)
Port Washington (NY)
Portland (OR)
Post Falls (ID)
Providence (RI)

Providence (RI)
Reading (MA)
Redlands (CA)
Redmond (WA)
Redwood City (CA)
Reno (NV)
Reston (VA)
Sacramento (CA)
Sammamish (WA)
San Antonio (TX)
San Diego (CA)
San Francisco (CA)
San Jose (CA)
San Marcos (TX)
San Marcos (CA)

San Leandro (CA)
San Ramon (CA)
Sandy Springs (GA)
Santa Ana (CA)
Santa Clara (CA)
Santa Fe (NM)
Seat Pleasant (MD)
Seattle (WA)
Somerset (KY)
Sunnyvale (CA)
Walnut (CA)
Washington (DC)
West Chester (PA)
West Sacramento (CA)
Wilmington (DE)

Binjai (Indonesia)
Bologna (Italy)
Calgary (Canada)
Cordoba (Spain)
Durban (South Africa)
Edmonton (Canada)
London (UK)
Raanana (Israel)
Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Medan (Indonesia)
Medellin (Colombia)
Montreal (Canada)
Nuertingen (Germany)
New Delhi (India)
Hyderabad (India)
Kampala (Uganda)
Stittsville (Canada)

Renowned Experts Presenting Firsthand Smart City Experiences

SPEAKER LINE-UP

Deborah Acosta
City of San Leandro
Chief Innovation Officer

As the City of San Leandro’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Deborah Acosta’s task is twofold: (1) develop the Lit San Leandro 10 gbps fiber optic network as a unique infrastructure tool to attract, expand and retain innovative tech businesses and businesses in need of fast connectivity; and (2) to cultivate a healthy tech and innovation ecosystem designed to attract investment, companies and jobs to San Leandro. Ms. Acosta has focused on developing public/private partnerships to achieve City Council goals regarding economic, technology and environmental resilience. The most visible success of this strategy is The Gate, the transformation of 400,000+ sf of a former Chrysler Dodge auto plant into the largest 3D desktop printing hub in the world – the Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing group (BAAM). Today, over 3 million square feet of commercial and industrial building space and over 250 businesses are now connected to Lit San Leandro. In 2016, City leaders committed to exploring IoT and Smart City technologies and is on path to become a leader in Smart City development, particularly in energy technologies.

Ms. Acosta is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley. Her 26-year career spans both public and private sectors in banking (commercial construction financing), municipal economic development (technology and international trade) and as a business consultant. She became the East Bay and San Leandro’s first Chief Innovation Officer in February 2013, where she now lives with her artist/entrepreneur husband, Gary Branchaud.

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Karen Addato
High Tech Rover
Realtor, Loan Agent and Philanthropist

Karen Addato was so moved by the plight of her lost brother and the homeless in affluent Silicon Valley, that she’s leveraging her real estate, tech and business skills to help homeless get internet training, apply for jobs/find affordable housing, connect to resources and break the cycle of homelessness. She’s kitted out an old RV’s with computers and wifi; and along with dedicated volunteers, visits homeless encampments to offer computer/internet training, practical help and more to aid them in transitioning off of the streets on a fast track. Check them out at HighTechRover.org.

Karen is proposing a tech enabled 3-­part plan (currently in the concept development phase) that integrates their existing Rover program: 1) Mobile APP Network ROVA 2) E Center ELI Housing – High-Density Hi Rise Micro Lofts/Upward Mobility Campus (UMC) 3) Hi Tech Rover Outreach Vehicles.

“Any solution to homelessness in the 21st century requires the integration of digital technology. From mobile applications to customized Rovers, at Breakthrough Outreach, we innovate/adapt technologies for the purpose of ending homelessness and saving lives”. The power of technology coupled with compassion and communal collaboration is an invaluable tool in solving the homelessness crisis”.

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Hassan Ali
Mueller Systems
Vice President and General Manager
Hassan Ali is considered an expert in Smart City and IoT Technologies. Mr. Ali has 18 years experience in electric and water utility industry. Mr, Ali has worked for Siemens, Landis+Gyr and Mueller Water Products. During his tenure, Mr. Ali was part of the transition of the electric industry to Electric Smart Grid. For the last 8 years Mr. Ali has been focused on the water industry as VP / GM of Mueller Systems. Mr. Ali realized the potential of IoT for water utilities early and championed Intelligent Water Technology™ (IWT) to bring Smart Metering, Leak Detection, Pressure Management and Quality Monitoring under one platform. Mr. Ali holds various patents in communication technologies and represents Mueller Systems in the LoRa Alliance, a leading open technology for IoT.

Mr. Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New York at Buffalo and has completed post-graduate advanced management training at Duke University. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has been honored by his employers with awards for High Leadership and Core Values.

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Austin Ashe
GE
Co-founder and General Manager

Austin Ashe is the Co-founder and General Manager of GE’s Intelligent Cities business unit in Current, Powered by GE. In this role, he leads the sales channel, marketing, alliances, and engineering efforts required to deliver CityIQ™, the worlds most advanced IoT sensor platform for cities. Since the inception of the business in 2014, Austin and his team have helped build the Smart Cities 2.0 market place, a cutting edge IoT technology needed to enable smart city application development, and the business model required to scale.

Prior to being appointed General Manager, Austin held multiple roles within the Intelligent Cities business as it grew through multiple start-up phases including Global Product Manager and VP of Sales. He led a team that sold the World’s largest IoT sensor platform to date in the City of San Diego. Austin has held multiple roles within his 10yr tenure at GE, including LED Driver Global Product Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Government Relations Operations Manager, Area Sales Manager, and Regional Environmental, Health, & Safety leader.

Before joining GE, Austin held manufacturing and engineering roles at The Boeing Company, Haliburton Energy Services, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lynntech’s Fuel Cell division, and NASA.

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Jason Anderson
Cleantech San Diego
President and CEO

Jason Anderson is President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego, a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region as a global leader in the cleantech economy. Cleantech San Diego’s membership includes more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment. As President and CEO, Jason manages the overall organization and leads several initiatives critical to the mission of the organization, including Smart Cities San Diego, advocacy efforts, and economic development programs.

Jason is also Executive Director of the Cleantech Education Foundation, designed to develop education and workforce development programs aligned with the mission of Cleantech San Diego. Before joining Cleantech San Diego in 2010, Jason was Vice President of Business Development for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Prior to joining EDC in 2006, Jason lived in Austin, Texas, where he worked in the State Capitol as Legislative Director for Texas State Senator Frank Madla. Jason holds a degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Texas in Austin and is a 2008 graduate of LEAD San Diego.

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Philip Bane
Smart Cities Council
Managing Director

Philip Bane is dedicated to using skill-full means to improve the lives of others. In March of 2016, he launched the Council’s Compassionate Cities’ initiative, an effort to increase awareness of how already deployed technologies can be extended to the disadvantaged. The primary objective of Compassionate Cities is to innovate to include. By applying smart technologies – from data analytics to artificial intelligence to social media – cities, nonprofits and other stakeholders can effectively improve the living conditions for all – just through extending the reach of these technologies. There are four main areas of focus: Food and Water, Shelter, Wellness and Upward Mobility.

Philip and the Compassionate Cities team research existing applications to discover and publish best practices – demonstrating how the intersection of compassion and technology is reducing suffering around the world. Publication channels include social media, the Council’s website and an email newsletter.

Philip held senior, global positions in sales, operations, and law. He was an Army Ranger while in the military, completed 200 hours of Vinyasa Yoga Training and is now studying to be a Zen Buddhist Chaplain for sustainability at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, N.M. with a focus on homelessness.

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Jesse Berst
Smart Cities Council
Founder and Chairman

Jesse Berst came to the smart city sector from the smart grid where he was one of the pioneering thought leaders and chief analyst of SmartGridNews.com, the Internet’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked smart grid site. Prior to that he was a well-known technology analyst and featured columnist at leading magazines, including Computerworld, InformationWeek and PC Week.

Working with Ziff-Davis, he launched ZDNet AnchorDesk, which became the publishing company’s most popular and profitable Internet property. Convinced that smart energy is the foundation of a smart, ICT-enabled city, it was a natural transition for Jesse to launch the Smart Cities Council and engage some of the world’s most respected technology companies to work with him toward a more livable, workable and sustainable future.

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Bas Boorsma
Cisco
Director Internet of Things & City Digitization, North Europe

Bas Boorsma currently serves as Cisco’s Internet of Things & Digitization leader in North Europe. In this role he orchestrates Cisco´s regional efforts that allow for the digitization of Cisco customer operations, partner operations and Cisco itself. Bas has a rich background as a City Digitization specialist. In that capacity he has managed a portfolio of smart city endeavors globally.

Bas has coordinated and overseen the implementation of innovative projects and programs that address the ways we work, live, consume, play, learn and deliver within the context of cities. Typical innovations delivered or currently being worked on include Smart Light, Smart mobility solutions, Street Digitization, City Digital Platform, Digital Ceiling, Smart Work Centers, Learning Hubs, Smart Ports, high-end broadband deployment as well as the architectures and service models that will help drive the digitization of society at large. Bas is the author of the upcoming book “A New Digital Deal” (July 2017).

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Charles J. Brennan
City of Philadelphia
Chief Information Officer

Charles Brennan worked for the Philadelphia Police Department for 33 years of which 20 were spent in the Information Technology Department. During his time in IT, he managed the Department’s programming staff, 911 and GIS systems, drug and DNA laboratories and communications network. After retiring from Police he worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 5 years to implement a $500M communications network which spanned the state’s 45,000 square miles. He also spent several years in the private sector working on public safety projects.

Brennan was appointed Chief Information Officer for the City of Philadelphia by Mayor James Kenney in January 2016. He oversees the City’s Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) with an operating and capital budget of over $160M with almost 400 employees. OIT is responsible for many diverse functions including the oversight of the City’s cable franchise agreements as well as running computer centers for the City underserved children.

Charlie has undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Joseph’s University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Associates Program as well as Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for state and local executives.

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Rose Broome
HandUp
CEO and Co-Founder

Rose Broome is the CEO and co-founder of HandUp, a fundraising platform that fights urban poverty. Donations on HandUp go toward basics like food and housing through more than 100 nonprofits serving homeless and at-risk communities across the US. In 2014, HandUp was named the Most Innovative Startup of the day by Fast Company and won the Webby Award for Best Charity People’s Choice in 2015.

Before founding HandUp, Rose worked as the COO of SuperBetter Labs, a health improvement app founded by award-winning game designer Jane McGonigal. Prior to SuperBetter, Rose pioneered predictive modelling research connecting social network data to student success outcomes for top US universities. She also served as a regional data manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Rose has her BS in Campaign Management from Santa Clara University and her MA in Psychological Research from San Francisco State University.

As an advocate for ending homelessness and poverty across the country, Rose is an enthusiastic supporter of the universal basic income and is a founding signatory of the Economic Security Project. She also lets her science nerd out every year as core organizer of Science Hack Day SF. Rose can be found on Twitter at @rosical.

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Kevin Burns
City of Miami
Chief Information Officer

Operational budget of $9m, 77 personnel supporting 45 City Departments and 5k employees. Supporting in excess of 120 applications including homegrown, hybrid, COTs, SaaS and 60 different locations. Additionally, I have held the following positions while employed by the City of Miami over the past 15 years: Deputy Chief Information Officer, Information Systems Manager (Fire), Interim Assistant Director, Project Manager (Public Safety), Senior Systems Analyst,

I started my career in the US Army and spent just over 20 years serving in challenging positions with prestigious units such as the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY; 8th US Army, Seoul, Korea; 172nd Infantry Division and US Army Cold Regions Test Center, both in Alaska.

EDUCATION
BA Information Science, State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego 1999

EMPLOYMENT
City of Miami: May 2002 to present
US Army: September 1976 to October 1996
Rank: Sergeant First Class (E7)
Positions held: NonCommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) Department of Community Affairs; Staff Officer J1 Operations; Senior Instructor NonCommissioned Officer Academy; Security Officer; Administrative Services NCOIC; Postal NCOIC
Units: 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY; 8th US Army, Seoul, Korea; 172nd Infantry Division, Fairbanks, Alaska; US Army Cold Regions Test Center, Delta Junction, Alaska

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Lilian Coral
City of Los Angeles
Chief Data Officer

Lilian Coral is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, working within the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role, she has taken the Mayor’s directive on Open Data beyond the lens of transparency and towards his vision of a data-driven Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, after having spent 15 years working on a wide range of health and human services issues as an advocate and executive leader. Having had the opportunity to work with labor unions, NGOs, foundations, and human service agencies at all levels of government, she felt inspired to apply her experience to re-thinking the way in which government uses data and technology to serve its citizens.

Most recently, as the founding Director of 2–1–1 California, she led a network of 26 non-governmental organizations, available to over 33 million Californians. The most significant challenge faced was: transforming legacy systems into state-of-the-art services that leverage technology to improve the lives of the most under-privileged in our communities. 2–1–1 programs throughout the U.S.A. and Canada provide the public with information, assessment and linkages to a wide range of public and private community resources, health and human services, and disaster response assistance.

Ms Coral holds a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA and is a native of Colombia, a place from where much of her inspiration for innovation and social justice emerged.

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Gregory C. Curtin
CivicConnect
Founder and CEO

Gregory C. Curtin, founder and CEO of CivicConnect, pioneered the use of technology and data to transform the public sector, and is now regarded as a revolutionary technology entrepreneur. Having spent many years as a public school teacher, a professor at the University of Southern California and a municipal government attorney, Dr. Curtin brings deep knowledge and passion for the public sector to his vision for digital governance.

Dr. Curtin is accredited for his work as a Senior Fellow at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and serves as a Charter Member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. During his 10-year tenure with the United Nations Global E-Government Survey and Report, Curtin served as the principle investigator and one of its senior contributors. He founded and directed the E-Governance Collaborative Program at the University of Southern California Bedrosian Center, and started the Journal of E-Government peer-review. Authoring work throughout the evolution of smart cities, Dr. Curtin published Free the Data: E-Governance for Megaregions and The World of E-Government.

Dr. Curtin is accredited for his work as a Senior Fellow at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and serves as a Charter Member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. During his 10-year tenure with the United Nations Global E-Government Survey and Report, Curtin served as the principle investigator and one of its senior contributors. He founded and directed the E-Governance Collaborative Program at the University of Southern California Bedrosian Center, and started the Journal of E-Government peer-review. Authoring work throughout the evolution of smart cities, Dr. Curtin published Free the Data: E-Governance for Megaregions and The World of E-Government.

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Amanda Eaken
Natural Resources Defense Council
Deputy Director, Urban Solutions and Sustainable Communities, Energy & Transportation Program

As an advocate for sustainable urban planning, Amanda Eaken focuses on slashing transportation-related pollution. She played a key role in the formulation and implementation of California’s 2008 Sustainable Communities Act, which gives regions funding and incentives to develop emission-reducing strategies.

Before joining NRDC, Eaken managed affordable-housing construction for a nonprofit developer in San Francisco. She holds a bachelor’s in environmental and evolutionary biology from Dartmouth College and a master’s in transportation and land-use planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She is based in San Francisco.

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Gordon Feller
Meeting of the Minds - Cisco Systems HQ
Co-Founder – Consultant

Gordon Feller worked with emerging technology for three decades. As Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco Systems headquarters in Silicon Valley. As CEO of Urban Age Institute, he led an international non-profit research and training organization founded inside the World Bank and spun off in 2001. Meeting of the Minds is a global thought leadership network and knowledge-sharing platform focused on the future of cities. Gordon’s advised leaders of multinational companies, cities, NGOs, foundations, and national governments. Clients included The World Bank, UN, German and Canadian national governments, The Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, Reuters, Metropolis, United Cities and Local Governments, among others. He has published hundreds of articles including in CFO Magazine, Urban Land Magazine, TIME, Financial Times.

He was appointed as an Abe Fellow by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. He was Editor of Urban Age Magazine. Columbia University awarded him two degrees (both cum laude). At Columbia, he served as a Lehman Fellow, a Wallach Fellow and a Dean’s Fellow. He serves as a Fellow at the Urban Sustainability Lab within the Smithsonian Institution’s Wilson Center. He lives in San Francisco and will convene Meeting of the Minds 2017 in Cleveland (October 23-25, 2017).

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Andrew B. Fremier
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
Deputy Executive Director, Operations

Andrew Fremier is the Deputy Executive Director of the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) and Deputy Executive Director, Operations, of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), a sister agency to BATA. In his BATA role, Fremier supervises administration of all toll revenue for the Bay Area’s seven state-owned toll bridges: Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael, San Francisco-Oakland Bay and San Mateo-Hayward. In his MTC role he oversees the Highway and Arterial Operations section and the Electronic Fare Payment System. In this capacity, he oversees the Bay Area’s 511 phone and web-based traveler information system, the Bay Area Express Lane Network, the Clipper electronic transit-fare card program, and FasTrak electronic toll collection for all eight toll bridges in the Bay Area. Under Fremier’s direction, BATA funds the bridges’ day-to-day operations, maintenance and administration and participates in joint oversight of the Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program, including completion of the final construction phases of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and demolition of the old bridge. In his role as Deputy Executive Director of BATA, Fremier is also serving as staff liaison for the Bay Area Headquarters Authority (BAHA), a joint exercise of powers authority formed in 2011 for the purpose of planning, acquiring and developing office space and facilities and undertaking related activities for BATA and MTC along with other regional agencies, and the Bay Area Infrastructure Authority (BAIFA), a joint exercise of powers authority formed for the purpose of planning, developing and funding transportation and related projects. Prior to joining BATA, Fremier served as the Chief Deputy District Director for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), District 4. A licensed civil engineer, Fremier held a variety of positions during his 20 years at Caltrans, including leading the Toll Bridge and Highway construction program and developing the Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program. Fremier is chair of the California Toll Operators Committee, a board member of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and a member of the ITS America Leadership Circle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Daniel Flaming
Economic Roundtable
President

Daniel Flaming is President of the Economic Roundtable, a nonprofit urban research group that identifies actionable solutions that contribute to the sustainability of individuals and communities. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Pomona College, an M.A. in urban planning from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in urban studies from USC.  Often the right solution is less expensive than the problem. One area of the Roundtable’s work is identifying population groups for whom solutions cost less than problems. Predictive analytic models are then developed to screen groups and prioritize them for the targeted solution. The Roundtable used data about public costs for homelessness in Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties to develop probabilistic analytic screening tools for identifying hospital patients with the highest public costs and placing them directly into permanently affordable housing with supportive services. These are individuals for whom the solution of housing is cheaper than the problem of homelessness. Related work is underway to develop probabilistic analytic models for prioritizing employment interventions for homeless adults.

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Roberta Gamble
Frost & Sullivan
Partner and Vice President

Roberta Gamble has over 15-years expertise consulting Fortune 500 companies on market entry and expansion strategy, acquisition target research and due diligence, geographical expansion strategy and new market exploration.

Her industry has focus has been on the energy and environment sector, in particular on
• Smarter cities
• Smart buildings
• Connected homes
• The convergence of IT and OT across oil & gas, utilities and other heavy industry.

Roberta has headlined many key industry events and has been quoted and interviewed in national publications including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and NPR.

Roberta is a Partner and Vice President at Frost & Sullivan, and Global Business Unit Leader for the Energy and Environment team, which has over 120 analysts around the world covering markets from oil and gas, power generation, T&D, buildings, back-up power, and water/wastewater markets.

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Sara Gardner
Hitachi
Chief Technology Officer

Sara Gardner cofounded Hitachi’s IoT solutions and platform business and has been with the company for 6 years. She is currently CTO for Hitachi insight Group working with engineering, research, strategy and business teams across the Hitachi group of companies to help drive Internet of Things and Big Data technology strategy and solutions with a focus on both Industrial and Smart City/Urban use cases.

She has 30 years + experience in the Technology industry working primarily in data management and analytics. Her expertise includes Big Data, IoT, Machine Learning & AI, Data Warehousing & Business Analytics, Data storage and Cloud. Prior to HDS she held Product Management, Strategy and Product Marketing leadership positions at Oracle, Ingres and HP.

She holds a Computer Science degree and is passionate about data of all shapes and sizes and the undoubtedly transformative impact of the Internet of Things.

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John R. Gillison
City of Rancho Cucamonga
City Manager

John R. Gillison was appointed as City Manager for the City of Rancho Cucamonga in 2011. He served as the Assistant City Manager for two years and prior to that he enjoyed a fifteen year career in local government, including service in the San Gabriel Valley and South Bay areas of Los Angeles County. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Public Administration, both from California State University Fullerton. In addition, he earned a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law and is a Licensed California Attorney. John currently serves on the Revenue and Taxation Committee for the League of California Cities and is the Vice President for the Public Agency Risk Sharing Authority of California (PARSAC). He is also the Treasurer for the Employment Risk Management Association’s Board of Directors (ERMA) which provides employment liability coverage to public entities in California.

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Lisa M. Gillmor
City of Santa Clara
Mayor

Lisa M. Gillmor is a 3rd generation Santa Claran who currently serves as Mayor in the City of Santa Clara. She has served two previous terms as Vice Mayor and City Council Member from 1992-2000 and 2012-2016. She operates Gillmor and Associates, a family-owned real estate company in Santa Clara. She has been a Realtor and Broker since 1982 specializing in residential and commercial real estate.

Lisa has been involved in many areas of government, non-profit and public benefit organizations. She was a member of the Grand Jury, County Roads Commissioner, County Assessment Appeals Board Member, City Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Santa Clara University Board of Fellows Member and Board Member of the Mission City Community Fund. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Political Science, is married and the mother of 3 children.

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Cheptan Gupta
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Chief Data Scientist and Architect

Dr. Chetan Gupta is the Chief Data Scientist & Architect, and manages the Core Analytics Dept. at the Big Data Lab, in Hitachi America R&D. Chetan has more than 15 years of experience in analytics, big data, and related domains. Over his career he has worked both as a machine learning data scientist as well as in designing systems and architectures for big data applications.
At Hitachi, he manages a large team of data scientists and solution developers that is engaged in developing cutting-edge analytics solutions that address real customer problems. His team builds fundamental horizontal technologies that are then used to build solutions for industry-specific verticals. He has led efforts to build solutions in predictive maintenance, fleet management, operations monitoring and control, for verticals such as mining, building energy management systems, and automotive industry.
Over the years Chetan has led multiple research and development teams, and mentored young researchers. He has close to 50 patents either granted or under review and more than 30 publications in the area of data mining/machine learning, data stream systems, complex event processing, workload management, etc. Chetan has a Ph.D. in Mathematics and M.S. in Mathematical Computer Science and Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago.

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Regina Hopper
Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)
President and CEO

Regina Hopper was named President & CEO of ITS America in May, 2015. She is the former President and CEO of America’s Natural Gas Alliance and former Executive Vice President of US Telecom and the American Trucking Associations. Prior to her work in industry associations, Regina was a correspondent for CBS News, where she covered the White House, anchored the network’s overnight broadcast and reported on breaking news from the New York and Washington, D.C. bureaus. She was awarded an Emmy for investigative reporting on 48 Hours. Before working at both the ABC and CBS affiliates in Little Rock, Arkansas, Regina practiced securities and bankruptcy law.

Regina is currently the Chair of the Miss America Foundation Board of Trustees and first Vice-Chair of the Miss America Organization Board of Directors.

She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law and the University of Arkansas with a BA degree in political science.

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Ellen Hwang
City of Philadelphia
Program Manager for Innovation Management

Ellen Hwang currently works for the City of Philadelphia’s Innovation Management unit within the Office of Innovation and Technology. She is responsible for driving and building programs that spur municipal innovation to increase government capacity, equity, and efficiency. She manages the City’s Innovation Fund—a seed funding program that supports the piloting and testing of new ideas within government—procurement reform-related projects, and the City’s digital inclusion programs. Most recently, she has taken on the role of serving as the ambassador and lead project manager for the Philadelphia’s Smart City Initiative.

Ellen is passionate about and proud of her hometown, Philadelphia. Prior to working for the City, Ellen spent four years working in the local non-profit sector supporting community development organizations through program development, community organizing, and fundraising. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Master of Science degree in City and Regional Planning from Temple University. She served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Chapter of American Planning Association and continues to stay involved in the local Emerging Professional’s Committee. She is also a graduate of Philadelphia University’s Academy for Municipal Innovation which teaches municipal employees how to leverage innovative tools, techniques, and methodologies to solve municipal challenges.

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Maria Kachadoorian
City of Chula Vista
Deputy City Manager

Maria Kachadoorian has served as Deputy City Manager for the City of Chula Vista since August 2014. Prior to that, Ms Kachadoorian served as the Director of Finance/Treasurer for the City from 2003 to 2014.  Under Ms Kachadoorian’s financial leadership, the City of Chula Vista weathered one of its most volatile financial periods in its 100-year history while at the same time increasing its financial stability and improving the City’s bond rating to a favorable credit rating of AA-.

As a Deputy City Manager, Ms Kachadoorian is responsible for the direction and coordination of the activities of assigned City departments including Finance, Development Services, Public Works, Economic Development and the Office of Communications.  She provides leadership in policy formation and implementation of policies and procedures as well as performing highly responsible and complex professional administrative work while assisting the City Manager.

Ms Kachadoorian grew up in Imperial Beach and earned her B.S. Degree with an emphasis in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. She also is a Certified Public Accountant with the State of California. In 2013, Ms Kachadoorian was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as CFO of the year.

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Dahlia Kelada
S&C Electric Company
Application Director for Smart Cities & PEER

Dahlia Kelada is the Application Director for Smart Cities & PEER at S&C Electric Company. She has over 20 years of technical marketing and strategic business experience in a variety of complex industries including aerospace, biotech/clinical research, engineering, oil and gas and electricity.

In her role at S&C, Dahlia supports business development and engagement activities that help utilities advance cities and campuses improve resiliency through microgrid electrical performance assessments that meet USGBC-PEER reliability, efficiency and environmental industry standards. She also represents S&C as the chair of the Utilities Task force of the Smart Cities Council.

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Ro Khanna
California’s 17th Congressional District
Congressman

Congressman Ro Khanna represents Silicon Valley in California’s 17th Congressional District, is serving in his first term, and sits on the House Budget and Armed Services committees. Khanna is committed to representing the people and ideas rooted in Silicon Valley and will work to spur greater job creation in the high-tech industry across the U.S. A dedicated political reformer, he is one of just six elected officials to refuse contributions from PACs and lobbyists. He was born in Philadelphia and his parents immigrated to the U.S. from India. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and has a law degree from Yale University.

Prior to serving in Congress, he has taught economics at Stanford and law at Santa Clara University, was Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and wrote the book Entrepreneurial Nation. He and his wife Ritu call Fremont, CA, home. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov.

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Ky Le
Santa Clara County – Office of Supportive Housing
Director

Ky Le was born in California at Camp Pendleton where his parents arrived as refugees from Vietnam in 1975. He grew up in San José and attended UC Davis, earning Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Political Science. While at Davis, Ky earned his commission through the UC Davis Army ROTC. After college, Ky served on active duty for four years as an Army Intelligence Officer, spending most of his time in Germany and Kosovo. Ky returned to San José in 2001 and spent six years managing shelter and housing programs with a local nonprofit organization. He started working for the County in 2008, coordinating the County’s implementation of the local Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Since 2011, Ky has had the privilege and opportunity of working on the County’s expansion in meeting the housing needs of its most vulnerable and poorest residents. He has served as a key player of a coalition built to solve homelessness. The coalition includes staff from many County departments, partners from cities and other government agencies, and many community-based organizations.

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Ted Lehr
City of Austin
IT Data Architect

Dr. Ted Lehr is a Data Architect with the City of Austin, Texas. He is part of Austin’s Smart City team, advising on technology, business partnerships and the use of data for better services, more open government, and development of opportunities for entrepreneurs and other private sector entities. Ted is also the staff member leading the Mayor’s Office’s White House TechHire workforce initiative and is facilitating or participating in several university-industry-city research collaborations.

Dr. Lehr lectures in Computer Science at Texas State University where, in 2015, Texas State recognized him as an Outstanding Part-Time Faculty for the quality of his teaching and research outreach.  He has over 20 years of experience in the private sector in large and small companies.  Having published over 20 refereed articles, he often speaks on conference panels regarding open data entrepreneurship, research and smart cities.  Ted received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon-University.

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Steve Liang
University of Calgary | SensorUp Inc.
Associate Professor, University of Calgary | Founder and CEO at SensorUp Inc.

Steve Liang is a researcher, teacher and entrepreneur. An associate professor at the University of Calgary and director of the GeoSensorWeb Laboratory, Steve’s goal is to disrupt the silos of the Internet of Things and to empower anyone to build connected applications by using the information generated from the world around them. For example, Steve is the editor of the Open Geospatial Consortium SensorThings API and the result of the standard work is to provide a uniform way to expose the full potential of the Internet of Things.

During his Ph.D. study, Steve contributed to the development of one of the first virtual globe systems in the world, called GlobeView. GlobeView was later commercialized by GeoTango Corp., and subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 2005. Steve is also the founder and CEO of SensorUp Inc, a Calgary startup company. SensorUp offers a Data Exchange Platform based on International Open Standards for the Internet of Things. Steve has been an invited speaker at universities and industries in 11 countries. In 2013, Steve was chosen one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Avenue Magazine. Steve held the AITF-Microsoft Industry Research Chair on the Open Sensor Web from 2011 to 2014.

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Maria MacGunigal
City of Sacramento
Chief Information Officer and IT Director

Maria MacGunigal is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Sacramento. She has over 25 years of extensive experience in public and private sector IT. She has a proven track record of leading technology programs, strategy development, business process management, advanced analytics, cloud computing, governance, execution, and implementing organizational transformational initiatives.

A dynamic high performing leader successful in implementing ‘game-changing’ innovative technology solutions across organizations. Maria is known for building strong partnerships with executives, operational business units, private partners, and the community. She has a long history of public service and local government experience and has led many important transformational initiatives. Including leading the city in digital citizen engagement, smart cities implementations, operational transformation, transparency and accountability, workforce excellence, and enterprise Digital Strategy development and execution.

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Michael Mattmiller
City of Seattle
Chief Technology Officer

Michael Mattmiller is the Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Department of Information Technology for the City of Seattle. In this role, Michael is responsible for connecting the City to the public, providing the City’s workforce with productivity enhancing technology solutions, and ensuring the public can equitably participate in the City’s high-tech economy. Since joining the City in 2014, Michael has focused on delivering solutions that optimize the City’s use of technology resources, build trust in how the City uses the public’s information, and increased the availability of gigabit broadband service to homes and businesses across Seattle.

Prior to joining Seattle, Mattmiller worked as a senior strategist for enterprise cloud privacy at Microsoft. From 2005 to 2013, he worked on risk assurance and data management for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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George Percivall
Open Geospatial Consortium
Chief Technology Officer and Chief Engineer

George Percivall serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Engineer of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

As OGC’s CTO he is responsible for working with OGC members to ensure a strategic technology focus across the OGC Programs in support of the strategic vision set forth by the OGC Board of Directors.  As lead technology architect for the Consortium he authorizes technical staff to propose and implement technology approaches across the Consortium.  As Chief Engineer, he promotes consistent and sound architectures including an emphasis on innovation and emerging technology.  He chairs the OGC Architecture Board and is an appointed member of the OGC Board of Directors.

Mr. Percivall holds a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana.

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Tina Quigley
RTC
General Manager

As general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley knows what it means to think big. In a city of 2.1 million residents and 42 million annual visitors, Quigley is at the forefront of visionary thinking and planning for the future. She recognizes that an enhanced multi-modal and technologically advanced transportation infrastructure will help ensure that Southern Nevada can continue to attract tourists, residents and new business.

She has embraced and pushed for sweeping technological advances; she has advocated for future planning, and she has built critical partnerships to well position the region for ongoing and sustained economic vibrancy. With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management and a licensed pilot herself, Quigley leads the only agency nationwide that is solely responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding and transportation planning.

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Charles Ramdatt
City of Orlando
Director of Special Projects

Charles Ramdatt has over 3 decades of professional engineering and planning experience.  For much of the last 14 years, he served as the Transportation Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Orlando.  He is currently a consulting engineer who focuses on large infrastructure projects and developing Smart City programs.  His experience includes project and construction management, transportation engineering, parking systems management, special event management and intelligent transportation systems.

Charles is a licensed professional engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  In addition to being an active member of other national professional organizations, he is a member of the national steering committee of MetroLab – an exclusive group of partnerships of Universities and their neighboring cities, inspired by the White House, to promote research, sustainable development, and economic development.

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Charles Ramdatt
City of Orlando
Director of Special Projects

Charles Ramdatt has over 3 decades of professional engineering and planning experience.  For much of the last 14 years, he served as the Transportation Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Orlando.  He is currently a consulting engineer who focuses on large infrastructure projects and developing Smart City programs.  His experience includes project and construction management, transportation engineering, parking systems management, special event management and intelligent transportation systems.

Charles is a licensed professional engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  In addition to being an active member of other national professional organizations, he is a member of the national steering committee of MetroLab – an exclusive group of partnerships of Universities and their neighboring cities, inspired by the White House, to promote research, sustainable development, and economic development.

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Michelle Rudnicki
IBM North America Public Sector
Vice President of Industry Solutions

Michelle Rudnicki is Vice President of Industry Solutions, IBM North America Public Sector. In this role she and her team work with Public Sector clients to transform the way that they interact with their clients, citizens, and patients; progressing their digital services through the use of technology such as analytics, cognitive computing, mobile, and cloud.

Prior to this role she was the VP for Cloud Computing for IBM Federal and IBM North America helping clients during the early adoption of cloud. She has also held roles as the VP of IBM Federal Smarter Planet Initiatives where she worked across IBM’s US Federal organization creating solutions in the areas of cloud, analytics, security, Smarter Cities and sustainability. She and her team leveraged IBM’s experience in these complex problem areas and applied it to the unique challenges of the Federal environment. Ms. Rudnicki has a deep background in implementing technology solutions having held sales leadership positions as the VP of Systems Technology Sales for IBM Federal and other roles within IBM’s Systems Technology Group.

Ms. Rudnicki serves on the board of YSA and co-chairs the Parents Committee for the Division of Student Affairs for Virginia Tech.

Ms. Rudnicki holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

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Shireen Santosham
City of San Jose
Chief Innovation Officer

Shireen Santosham is the Chief Innovation Officer for Mayor Sam Liccardo where she leads efforts to make San Jose the most innovative city in America by 2020. She has a passion for using technology to broaden opportunity and improve the lives of everyone in the city—especially for San Jose’s youth.
Previously, she worked at the GSMA where she was a Director in the Mobile for Development group that aimed to close the digital divide for base of the pyramid populations in the developing world through mobile technology and the internet. She has extensive experience working on innovative initiatives across sectors, including working at McKinsey & Company, with international NGOs, and as an impact investor at Vulcan Capital.

Shireen holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.S. and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Global Governance Futures Fellow at the Robert Bosch Foundation.

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Adam Stoker
UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC)
Innovative Mobility Researcher

Adam Stocker is a researcher with the Innovative Mobility group of UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC). His work entails the study of travel behavior and environmental impacts of carsharing, ridesourcing/transportation network companies, ridesharing, microtransit, and automated vehicles. He has experience in survey design, activity data analysis, and technical report writing, and worked on San Francisco’s recent Smart City Challenge efforts. Prior to joining TSRC, he worked with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority in their modeling and travel forecasting division. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Davis and an M.S. in Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley.

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Alfred Tat-Kei Ho
School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
Professor

Alfred Tat-Kei Ho is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas.   His research focuses primarily on performance management, e-government, and public budgeting.  He has published more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, and peer-reviewed conference proceedings in these areas and has collaborated with a number of organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the William Kemper Foundation in Kansas City, and local governments in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri.  His recent report for the IBM Center for the Business of Government examines “Ten Actions to Implement Big Data Initiatives” of 65 U.S. cities.  He also has a newly published article in Public Administration Review, which analyzes large-scale survey data, crime data, and neighborhood conditions in Kansas City over time to understand factors that influence citizen perceptions of police performance. Professor Ho is an elected representative of the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and is currently the Associate Editor of Public Performance and Management Review.  He received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) and his Ph.D. from Indiana University (Bloomington campus).

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Pablo Tomasi
IHS Markit
Senior Analyst

Pablo Tomasi is a Senior Analyst in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Connectivity Research Group at IHS Markit. He joined the Group in September 2016 focusing on Smart Cities and IoT. Prior to that, he worked in IHS Markit Mobile and Telecoms team.
Pablo leverages his multi-sector work and academic experience to lead the Smart Cities IoT Intelligence Service, managing and coordinating a research addressing the key issues and topics which shape the smart city sector.
Since joining IHS Pablo has regularly taken part in numerous industry events including the IoT Tech Expo, the Total Telecom Congress, the Service Innovation World, and the MVNO World Congress.

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George D. Thomas
New Urban Informatics
Managing Director

George D. Thomas is a thought leader and adviser to public and private sector organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. With more than nineteen years of experience, George has held a variety of sales, strategy and consulting roles. A dynamic leader and team builder, George has helped clients develop successful strategies and execute transformational projects in business operations, capital improvement, enterprise processes and applications, organizational change management and strategic planning. George currently serves as Managing Partner for New Urban Informatics, a boutique business advisory and consulting firm, providing expertise to some of the most innovative companies and governments focused on public sector analytics and Smarter Cities. He is based in Washington DC.

George is a recognized industry expert at the intersection of technology and business in areas such as cognitive computing, deep analytics, smarter cities, Blockchain, the API economy, internet of things, and cloud computing. George is a founding member of the Smarter Cities Council, a prior resident expert at the IBM Center for Cognitive Government, and is a mentor, board member and coach to several start-ups and innovative companies. George is a proven thought leader and a regular speaker at conferences and events including at TEDx, Chambers of Commerce, the World Bank and the United Nations. George holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Halil Toros
Economic Roundtable - SAS Institute
Chief Statistician, Economic Roundtable – Principal Analytical Consultant, SAS Institute

Dr. Halil Toros, works as a Chief Statistician for the Economic Roundtable and as a Principal Analytical Consultant for SAS Institute. Previously he worked at the Los Angeles County, Chief Executive Office and led several evaluation projects studying public assistance recipients and homeless populations. He has over 25 years of experience in working with administrative data, record linkage and modelling complex data. He led homeless research into outcomes from rental subsidy programs for homeless Los Angeles General Relief recipients, and developed the Silicon Valley triage tool for identifying high-cost homeless residents. He also led the construction of the Enterprise Linkages Project database of the Los Angeles County, which earned several awards as a pioneering attempt of data integration by a local government agency. His background is in economics and applied statistics and he earned his Ph.D degree in political economy and public policy at the University of Southern California. He also taught graduate level program evaluation and multivariate statistics courses at USC Public Policy School. Currently, he is working on developing predictive models in the child welfare area and to identify high-cost service users among the homeless populations, which he presented at the APPAM conference last November.

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Vinn White
Deloitte
Specialist Leader

Vinn White served as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the US Department of Transportation and was Secretary Foxx’s lead architect in developing USDOT’s 30-Year Framework. The resulting report, entitled Beyond Traffic: Trends and Choices, provides analysis of the transportation network over the last several decades and forecasts future impacts to the year 2045.

Vinn was part of the leadership team overseeing policy aspects of the Department’s innovation platform, which includes autonomous and connected vehicle deployment, spectrum management and Smart City applications. Last fall, Vinn received the Secretary’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement for the Department-wide efforts related to developing Beyond Traffic, which has launched a national dialogue about the future of our transportation system.

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David Witkowski
Joint Venture Silicon Valley - Oku Solutions LLC

David Witkowski is a wireless and telecommunications industry veteran. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and earning his BSEE from University of California-Davis, he held managerial and leadership roles for companies ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to early-stage start-ups. David is Executive Director of the Wireless Communications Initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and the CEO of Oku Solutions LLC. He serves as Co-Chair of the NIST GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster, an Adviser to the Carnegie Institute of Technology Dean’s Council, as a Member of the UC Davis Industrial Affiliates Council, as a Member of the CTIA Innovation Council, as a Member of the 21st Century Communications Infrastructure Committee of the Bay Area Council, and is a Senior Member of both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.

David is the author of “Bridging the Gap: 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications” (Joint Venture Silicon Valley, 2016), co-author of “Carrier & Public Wi-Fi” (Mobile Experts LLC – 2015), co-author of “Evaluation of RF Network Testing” (Anritsu, Bird Technologies, CommScope, & Motorola – 2013), and has written feature articles for IEEE Microwaves Magazine, CIO Review, MissionCritical Communications, EETimes, Make:Magazine, QST, Urgent Communications, Mission Critical, and RCR Wireless. He has presented and moderated panels at CDX Global Forum, APCO, IWCE, CTIA, TC3, ESC, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, Wireless West, State Of The Valley, IIT Bombay Heritage Fund, MIT Club of Northern California, Alberta Wireless Connections, RCA Technical Symposium, and Connectivity Week.

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Daniel Woldesenbet
Alameda County Public Works Agency
Director

Daniel Woldesenbet is an experienced public sector executive with decades of leadership, professional engineering and management experiences. Currently, as the Director of the Alameda County Public Works Agency, he oversees the planning, engineering, construction, maintenance and operation of extensive public infrastructure. Daniel also serves as the General Manager of the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District that manages the District’s natural resources, channels, levees and associated flood control infrastructure, and serves as the County Engineer for Alameda County.

Daniel is a champion of several initiatives including promotion of sustainable practices that advance environmental stewardship as a core value to service delivery; implementation of technology-driven innovations to enhance customer service; and strategic knowledge sharing through employee engagement.

Daniel is the recipient of the “Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year,” award from American Public Works Association. He served as the President of the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC), and was recognized as the 2013 County Engineer of the Year by CEAC.

Daniel holds Ph.D. and Masters (MPA) in Public Administration/Policy, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and BS in Civil Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

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Deborah Acosta
City of San Leandro
Karen Addato
High Tech Rover
Hassan Ali
Mueller Systems
Austin Ashe
GE
Jason Anderson
Cleantech San Diego
Philip Bane
Smart Cities Council
Jesse Berst
Smart Cities Council
Bas Boorsma
Cisco
Charles J. Brennan
City of Philadelphia
Rose Broome
HandUp
Kevin Burns
City of Miami
Lilian Coral
City of Los Angeles
Gregory C. Curtin
CivicConnect
Amanda Eaken
Natural Resources Defense Council
Gordon Feller
Meeting of the Minds - Cisco Systems HQ
Andrew B. Fremier
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
Daniel Flaming
Economic Roundtable
Roberta Gamble
Frost & Sullivan
Sara Gardner
Hitachi
John R. Gillison
City of Rancho Cucamonga
Lisa M. Gillmor
City of Santa Clara
Cheptan Gupta
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Regina Hopper
Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)
Ellen Hwang
City of Philadelphia
Maria Kachadoorian
City of Chula Vista
Dahlia Kelada
S&C Electric Company
Ro Khanna
California’s 17th Congressional District
Ky Le
Santa Clara County – Office of Supportive Housing
Ted Lehr
City of Austin
Steve Liang
University of Calgary | SensorUp Inc.
Maria MacGunigal
City of Sacramento
Michael Mattmiller
City of Seattle
George Percivall
Open Geospatial Consortium
Tina Quigley
RTC
Charles Ramdatt
City of Orlando
Charles Ramdatt
City of Orlando
Michelle Rudnicki
IBM North America Public Sector
Shireen Santosham
City of San Jose
Adam Stoker
UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC)
Alfred Tat-Kei Ho
School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
Pablo Tomasi
IHS Markit
George D. Thomas
New Urban Informatics
Halil Toros
Economic Roundtable - SAS Institute
Vinn White
Deloitte
David Witkowski
Joint Venture Silicon Valley - Oku Solutions LLC
Daniel Woldesenbet
Alameda County Public Works Agency

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Monday, May 8
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Smart Cities Readiness Workshop     Room 201
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Utilities Advancing Cities: A Collaborative Workshop For Identifying Gaps And Next Steps     Room 201
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Smart Cities Council Water Task Force Meeting     Room 205
Tuesday, May 9
9:00 am -10:30 am PLENARY SESSION     Room M1 & M2
• Welcome: Jesse Berst, Founder and Chairman, Smart Cities Council, and Philip Bane, Managing Director, Smart Cities Council
• Keynote: Vinn White, Specialist Leader, Deloitte, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation
• Plenary Discussion: Next-Generation Smart Cities (From the CIOs Who are Building Them)
Deborah Acosta, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Leandro
Charles J. Brennan, Chief Information Officer, City of Philadelphia
Maria MacGunigal, Chief Information Officer, City of Sacramento
Michael Mattmiller, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle
Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Jose
10:30 am -11:00 am Coffee Break     Expo Hall
Solution and Innovation Sessions     Hub Theater
11:00 am – 12:00 pm INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS
• Smart Transportation: Your Multi-Modal, Single-Payment Future     Room M1 & M2
Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Andrew B. Fremier, Deputy Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Moderator: Regina Hopper, President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
• Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence… and How Your City Can Benefit     Room M3
Ted Lehr, IT Data Architect, City of Austin
Chetan Gupta, Chief Data Scientist, Hitachi
Moderator: George D. Thomas, Managing Director, New Urban Informatics
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch     Expo Hall
Solution and Innovation Sessions     Hub Theater
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS
• The Experts Advise: How Cities Should Implement Analytics     Room M1 & M2
Thomas Beyer, Principal, Deloitte
Lilian Coral, Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles
Sara Gardner, Chief Technology Office, Hitachi Insight Group
• Smart Water – How Cities are Making Every Drop Count (and Every Drop Safe)     Room M3
Hassan Ali, General Manager, Mueller Systems
Dan Repp, Deputy Director for Utility Services, City of Morgan Hill
Moderator: David Witkowski, Executive Director of the Wireless Communications Initiative, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Coffee Break     Expo Hall
Solution and Innovation Sessions     Hub Theater
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm SOLUTION DIALOGUES
• Procurement Tools and Financing Strategies for the Smart City     Room M1 & M2
• Smart Water for a Resilient City     Room M3
• Lessons from the Frontline: How Smart City Pioneers are Using Analytics     Room 205
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm PLENARY SESSION     Room M1 & M2
• Solution Dialogues Report Out
• Plenary Discussion: Leading Technology Innovators Discuss New Approaches for Addressing Poverty and Homelessness
Karen Addato, Executive Director, Hi Tech Rover
Rose Broome, Founder and CEO, HandUp
Daniel Flaming, President, Economic Roundtable
Ky Le, Director, Santa Clara County, Office of Supportive Housing
Halil Toros, Chief Statistician, Economic Roundtable – Principal Analytical Consultant, SAS Institute
Moderator: Philip Bane, Managing Director, Smart Cities Council
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Reception     Expo Hall
Wednesday, May 10
7:45 am – 9:00 am Marketplace of Ideas Breakfast     Room 205
9:00 am – 10:15 am PLENARY SESSION     Room M1 & M2
• Welcome: Lisa Gillmor, Mayor, City of Santa Clara
• Keynote: Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17)
• Dialogue with Smart City Readiness Challenge Grant Winners
Kevin Burns, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Department, City of Miami
Ellen Hwang, Program Manager for Innovation Management, City of Philadelphia
Ted Lehr, Data Architect, City of Austin
Bryan Luellen, Director of Public Affairs, IndyGo
Charles Ramdatt, Project Manager, Public Works Department, City of Orlando
Moderator: Stuart Cowan, Chief Scientist, Smart Cities Council
10:15 am -10:45 am Coffee Break     Expo Hall
Solution and Innovation Sessions     Hub Theater
10:45 am – 11:45 am INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS
• Local to Mobile – Disrupting City Services and Citizen Engagement with Mobile Technologies     Room M1 & M2
Daniel Woldesenbet, Director, Alameda County Public Works Agency
John Gillison, City Manager, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Moderator: Gregory C. Curtin, Founder and CEO, CivicConnect
• Why and How to Prepare Your City For Self-Driving Cars     Room M3
Doug Johnson, Principal Transportation Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Tracy Larkin-Thomason, Deputy Director, Nevada Department of Transportation
Adam Stocker, Innovative Mobility Researcher, UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center
Vinn White, Specialist Leader, Deloitte
Moderator: Ashleigh Patterson, Manager of Business Innovation, Daimler
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch     Expo Hall
Solution and Innovation Sessions     Hub Theater
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS
• Meeting of the Minds Case Study of the San Diego Regional Smart City Ecosystem     Room M1 & M2
Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego
Austin Ashe, General Manager, Intelligent Cities, Current, powered by GE
Maria Kachadoorian, Deputy City Manager, City of Chula Vista
Moderator: Gordon Feller, Consultant, Cisco Systems HQ and Meeting of the Minds, Co-Founder
• 3D Urban Models for Smarter Cities     Room M3
Alfred T. Ho, Professor, School of Public Affairs & Administration, University of Kansas
Patrick Hogan, World Wind Project Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
Steve Liang, Associate Professor and Director of GeoSensorWeb Laboratory, University of Calgary
Moderator: George, Percivall, CTO, Chief Engineer, Open Geospatial Consortium
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Coffee Break     Expo Hall
Presentations     Hub Theater
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm PLENARY SESSION     Room M1 & M2
• Keynote: Towards a New Digital Deal
Bas Boorsma, Internet of Things & City Digitatization, Cisco
• Plenary Discussion: Tomorrow’s Smart Cities Industries: Projections by Leading Analysts
Bas Boorsma, Internet of Things & City Digitatization, Cisco
Roberta Gamble, Partner and Vice President, Frost & Sullivan
Pablo Tomasi, Sr. Analyst IHS Markit
Moderator: Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
• Department of Energy Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Participation Recognition 

Next Generation Transportation

Smart Transportation: Your Multi-Modal, Single-Payment Future
City leaders and technology providers will discuss the evolution of transportation in cities. Topics will include connected and autonomous vehicles, transit integration, high-speed rail, multi-modal transit/single payment and shared platforms, with a focus on how cities can work with providers to facilitate an integrated transportation system.

Why and How to Prepare Your City for Self-Driving Cars
Analysts and tech companies are betting on the rapid deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles – and city planners and elected officials need to be ready. Learn how policy makers, planners and developers are getting their policies, streets and citizens ready for this transition.

Digital Transformation

Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence… And How Your City Can Benefit
New investments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are expected to reach $1.2 billion this year, up from $681 million in 2015. City leaders are seeking to capitalize on profound computational advancements to improve delivery of utilities, public safety, transportation and facilities services, while balancing the challenges of managing big data along with policy, citizen engagement and regulatory hurdles.
City officials, analytics providers and investors will discuss what AI services and support cities need are how they are turning big data into deep knowledge while also addressing the cybersecurity and privacy concerns associated with these technologies.

Stretching Dollars and Making Sense of Smart Streetlights
Cities can stretch their investments by rolling out several smart city initiatives at one time as opposed to taking a piecemeal approach. Streetlights have typically been the first rung on the smart city ladder, and when high-efficiency lighting is accompanied by public wifi, public safety and traffic monitoring, environmental sensing, electric vehicle charging and other features, cities can reap the benefits rapidly and cost effectively.

Resilient Cities

Lessons from the Real World: What Cities Are Doing Today to Be More Resilient
Municipalities are investing in distributed energy resources such as storage, electric vehicles, distributed generation and microgrids to provide improved resilience and reliability, reduce costs to ratepayers, recover more quickly from disruptions and reduce emissions.
City officials and utility representatives will discuss planning for, financing and managing these assets and how they are moving their businesses and consumers towards a new model of energy distribution and management.

Safeguarding Your City’s Water Future
Opportunities for conservation, efficiency, cost savings and interoperability abound when water utilities employ smart metering and monitoring technologies. With most California water districts already using – or considering using – smart meter and monitoring technologies, much progress has been made towards addressing the state’s drought.
Engage in a discussion with water utility executives, and sensor and other technology providers to learn about the benefits to both cities and consumers as well as how to achieve water conservation objectives.

The Future-Friendly Approach to Smart City Communications
Telecommunication is fundamental to the smart city, making it vitally important to understand the many emerging – and competing – network options available today and those anticipated in the future.
Telecommunications providers and city CIOs will present case studies and lessons learned about their own experiences developing network roadmaps that provide both interoperability and situational awareness of the city. They will also explore trends across different regions and what is coming next in municipal telecommunication networks.

Citizen Engagement in a New Era

The Mobile-First Approach to City Services
Learn from leading technology service providers along with city CTOs and CIOs about how local governments are using mobile apps and smart technologies to facilitate citizen services and engagement.
Examples include electronic payments, real-time citizen reporting of local conditions, smart monitoring of water and electricity use and 311 applications for voice controlled digital assistants.

The Four Steps to a Winning Smart City Action Plan
Businesses, non-profits and universities have built partnerships with local governments to create more sustainable, resilient and inclusive regions. Identifying the core needs of cities through citizen assessments and other tools is critical to building and unrolling solutions that works for all members of the community.
Learn how innovative cities drive initiatives forward faster and more efficiently.

Digital Payments: Why, How and When (Hint: Now!)
Along with real-time citizen reporting and 311 access, cities have introduced mobile payment applications allowing citizens to submit electronic payments of property taxes, water or trash collection bills, parking tickets and other fees.
Learn from innovative providers and municipal customers who have successfully implemented bill paying technologies. Speakers will address the factors to consider when selecting a provider along with what systems are selling in different markets.

Innovations in Industry-City Collaboration

City-Vendor Collaboration: Procurement Tools and Strategies for the Smart City

Tomorrow’s Smart Cities Industries: Projections by Leading Analysts

Meeting of the Minds: Collaboration to Create a Smart City Ecosystem

Fitting the Pieces Together: Tech Solutions for Human Service Challenges

INNOVATION ALLEY SHOWCASE AND AWARDS

Centrally located within the Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley Expo Hall, Innovation Alley Partners receive a full complement of benefits to ensure maximum exposure. Criteria for Innovation Alley Partners:

  • Privately held company started less than three years ago or with less than 15 employees
  • Annual sales 2016 does not exceed $2M
  • OR a registered non-profit

 

All Innovation Alley Partners will receive a tabletop exhibit in the Exhibit Hall. In addition, the first 10 confirmed Innovation Alley Partners will be invited to give short presentations about their civic technology applications, products and services and will be eligible for the Innovation Alley Awards. The Innovation Alley Showcase will take place in the exhibit hall during lunch on Tuesday, May 9, and will be judged by a panel of city leaders and investors against the criteria described below. Judges will also meet with the Innovation Alley Partners informally at their booths within Innovation Alley. The two winning companies will be announced during the conference closing session on Wednesday, May 10.

2016 Innovation Alley Award Winners

Connectivity Award
Placemeter

Environmental Impact Awards
OperaSoft
StratIS

Award Categories

The 2017 Innovation Alley themes are open government and community action and include, but are not limited to, the characteristics described below.

• Embodies technology that makes governments more effective
• Contributes to improved public safety, health and wellbeing and/or conservation of resources
• Promotes or enhances the infrastructure needed for the smart city of the future
• Facilitates transparency of information, decision making and policy
• Strengthens citizen participation in civic life
• Supports economic opportunity and equality

Criteria

Criteria against which Innovation Alley participants will be judged include:
• Meets a demonstrated or anticipated future need
• Innovative characteristics or approach
• Effective user interface
• Mobile-friendly
• Widespread applicability

Judging Process

The judging panel will include city leaders and investors who will watch the demonstrations and meet with start-up representatives informally within Innovation Alley.

The judges will select two winners of the 2017 Innovation Alley Awards based on the number of criteria met and the extent to which individual criteria are achieved.

Awards will be presented during the Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley closing plenary session. Following the conference, the Smart Cities Council will collaborate with the winners to issue a press release.

For more information please contact Danielle Miller Wagner at danielle.wagner@smartcitiescouncil.com or Lieven Marien at lieven.marien@eu.smartcitiescouncil.com.

If your company is looking to increase its profile, develop new business, launch a new product or service or reinforce your market leadership in the smart cities sector, Smart Cities Week® is the ideal venue. Open the door to a world of opportunities.

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    — Meghan Cook, Program Director - Center for Technology in Government (University at Albany, State University of New York)

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    — Pascal Bonin, Mayor - City of Granby

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