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December 4-5, 2018|Las Vegas, NV





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Speaker Line-Up | In-Depth Conference Program | Booking Discounts


Built around the core outcomes of Investment & Partnerships, Mobile & Frictionless, Healthy & Sustainable, Connected & Seamless, the conference tracks will enable an in-depth examination of technologies, business models and partnerships shaping development towards these common goals.

08:30 - 09:00
The Smart Cities State of the Union

With the appetite for smart city investment set boil over, take the temperature of the industry as we head into 2019. Map out where the true impacts and opportunities lie.

  • Take a macro view of the investment landscape. Look across US, European and Asian markets to see what tech and projects are making the biggest impact on a global scale
  • Ecosystem, Ecosystem, Ecosystem. Discuss the shift in the market towards ecosystem building. Embrace collaboration and openness to maintain relevancy!
  • Explore case studies of leading deployments of smart city tech and services. Understand the successful factors to learn from the pioneers!
08:30 - 09:00
What Investors Want: Evaluating the Potential for a Deal

Investors are primed and ready to act, but not all projects are born equal. Hear how to pull the levers which attract financiers. Don’t miss the money boat!  

  • Hear the criteria used by investors for assessing projects, e.g. market demand for services, ROI, pay-back period to identify the investor that is right for each specific project
  • Evaluate your organisation; from talent to org. chart and culture. Hear from investors what organisations they find attractive
  • Understand the legal and regulatory framework surrounding smart city investment. Remove the red tape standing in the way of financial backing
08:30 - 09:00
Finance vs. Funding: What Models Are at Play?

Smart Cities aren’t your typical investment; encompassing multiple sectors and business models; from ICT to energy. Make sense of the often complicated terms surrounding funding and financing. 

  • Show me the value! Map out a project’s business model to determine the ‘value’ it is generating. If you want investors you need a clear revenue proposition!
  • Understand who would be interested in funding/ financing the project. Is it best for public funding, private financing from the PE/ VC community or can it live on its own revenues?
  • Create a project procurement and delivery strategy. Assess the options on the table incl. ventures, P3s, privatization or even franchising
08:30 - 09:00
Delivering Win-Win Private/ Public Partnerships

Public Private Partnerships – It’s the phrase on everyone’s lips. With financiers and tech vendors ready to partner, explore the key investment model that will unlock smart cities.

  • Explore the need for creating a third-party. See how partnerships and consortia are crucial to enable public and private organisations to speak the same language
  • Target the low hanging fruit. Look to bus shelters, billboards, small cell leasing and kiosks etc. for P3s opportunities where revenue is already proven to exist for both sides
  • Partnerships not Privatisation: Utilize P3s to fund trials/ pilots and create an initial business case for wider scale deployments and infrastructure projects

City of St Louis Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons Chief Technology Officer City of St Louis

08:30 - 09:00
The Procurement Process: Stop Pitching, Open Up, Start Collaborating

Tech companies; ditch the ‘tech looking for a solution’ approach – it’s alienating your customers. Businesses and cities; open up your processes – it’s slowing down innovation!

  • Ditch the widgets to become solution focused. Collaborate around the real needs of your customer to meet the strategic targets of businesses rather than focusing on devices
  • Create genuine partnerships. Explore P3’s to create proof of concept and get buy-in for further investment in smart services
  • Get inside the civic procurement framework, incl. state bid lists, RFPs. Move towards transparency and inclusivity in a system that permits both tech giants and start-ups Andrew Watkins President and COO

08:30 - 09:00
Forget the Tech: Smart City Success is a Human Challenge

Whilst the power of urban tech is transformative, confront the question; is your organisation prepared, ready and skilled to embrace this new data driven world.

  • Is your organization prepared for change? Build C-suite buy champions for smart services. Create a culture where innovation rather than the status quo is the ultimate goal
  • Understand what training and support is required to capitalize on new data driven services. Make every worker data savvy!
  • Support technology with training. Empower the organisation with the knowledge to truly operate and derive the most insights from new services

City of St Louis Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons Chief Technology Officer City of St Louis

08:30 - 09:00
The Urban Data Economy: From Cost to Revenue Centers

Cities don’t make money, they spend money. Cities don’t value data, it’s an asset business. Discuss how to turn dumb assets into smart revenue generating platforms.

  • Think like a business. Audit the data being generated by existing assets to understand its value. Can it generate revenue, reduce overheads or enable new services? (or all three)
  • Assess your organisational competencies, to assess whether data analytics capacity can be done in-house or requires 3rd party support
  • To sell or not to sell (data). With cities sitting on a goldmine of information, establish your privacy red lines to see how sharing data with commercial partners can drive new revenues

Company_Name Chris Chiancone Chief Information Officer City of Plano

08:30 - 09:00
Venture Capital: Backing the Next UrbanTech Unicorn

Hear a panel of leading VCs and accelerators discuss the rapidly evolving world of Urban Tech start-ups.

  • Show me the disruption! Look at segments, incl. energy, mobility and the built environment, to see where start-ups are making the biggest impact on incumbent business models
  • Understand the challenges faced by start-ups in the smart city space, incl. procurement and referencing. Remove the barriers to working with innovators
  • What’s next? Investors predict the technologies that will have the biggest market influence in the next 12-24 months. Place your bets and make sure you back the right unicorn…
08:30 - 09:00
Mobility 2.0: Managing the System of Systems

Roadways, sidewalks, intersections, public transit, TNCs; the mobility landscape is getting ever more complex. This is complicated further as the transport industry pushes forward with autonomy.

  • Explore the role of government, tech providers, automakers and operators in managing the mobility system of systems to create a ‘one stop’ mobility solution.
  • Discover how one of the leading mobility providers works with cities as a trusted private partner to launch new services (i.e. bikeshare) to enhance low emission urban mobility
  • Get to grips with how multi-modal mobility (e-hailing, public transit, bikes etc.) will enhance urban transportation by offering convenience and choice, bringing value to residents and cities alike

Company_Name Robert Kellman Global Head of Government Affairs and Policy for Bikeshare Uber

08:30 - 09:00
Smart Parking: The First Step to Revenue & Sustainability

It’s estimated that 30% of urban traffic is vehicles searching for a parking space. Debate how smart parking can be the key to driving revenue, reducing congestion and changing vehicle usage habits.

  • Maximise revenue by effectively distributing the demand for parking though smart data analytics to make the most use of available infrastructure
  • Debate cutting-edge parking developments beyond sensors (i.e. cameras, wireless, induction loops, smart parking meters) to create a tech roadmap
  • Enhance user experiences (i.e. payments, spot identification, location search, time notifications) whilst also reducing emissions and traffic caused by roaming vehicles
08:30 - 09:00
Shared Mobility & Microtransit: Blurring the Lines of Public & Private Transportation

Urban mobility is in dire need of revamp. With the tech. innovation outstripping implementation, discover how blurring public and private transit can enable rapid service activation at low costs.

  • Get to grips with how a zero emission microtransit mobility model is augmenting urban transportation by complementing traditional public transit and private transportation
  • Delve into the complexities of P3s to understand how the private and public sectors with the help of a third launched an effective mobility service with no capital investment
  • Everyone is a winner -Discuss added monetization opportunities outside of the traditional service (i.e. advertising) and how P3 models can boost city revenue whilst improving the life of citizens at no extra cost to the tax payers

Company_Name Kris Bailey COO Electric Cab of North America

Company_Name Russ Ziegler Strategic Account Manager Polaris

Company_Name Mark Minden Vice President of Emerging Markets Electric Cab of North America

08:30 - 09:00
Mobility as a Service: Possibility or Pipe Dream for North America

It could work in the public transit orientated Europe but is MaaS realistic in the North America’s car-centric cities.

  • Examine the infrastructure and tech platform required to deliver genuine intermodal mobility from sharing data sets to real time updates to system interoperability
  • Drive the shared mobility revolution – Find ways to transform the American traditional mobility from car centric to shared intermodal mobility by enabling access and availability of service

Company_Name Justin Holmes Director of Communications & Public Policy Zipcar

Company_Name Sylvano Carrasco VP Connected Car Getaround

Company_Name Rahul Sonnad CEO Tesloop

08:30 - 09:00
Solving the Final Mile: Urban Transportation in the On-Demand World

The e-hailing and ‘Prime’ Rubicon has been crossed. Consumers are no longer willing to wait. Assess the impact on-demand transit services.

  • Leverage connected fleet management solutions (FMS), incl. diagnostics, workforce management and maintenance to drive efficiency, productivity and sustainability in fleets
  • Create a platform that aligns on-demand services with a sustainable urban mobility network to avoid adding vehicles to already congested cities
  • Understand how retailers and e-commerce platforms are adapting their urban distribution centres and networks to supply the needs to the urban same day supply chain

Company_Name Andrew Savage Vice President of Strategic Development and Founding Team Lime

08:30 - 09:00
Autonomous Vehicles & The City: Real Time Urban Test Bed

Self-driving vehicles are already carrying fare paying passengers on US roads. See how Automakers, Tier 1s, Cities and TNCs need to collaborate on testing today, to take urban AVs to scale.  

  • Create a safe urban testbed for SDCs to evaluate the systems impact and new use-cases arising from this seismic shift in transportation
  • Utilize autonomous vehicle pilots to determine the future of city planning from prioritised lanes and curb usage to parking reduction and traffic efficiency
  • The autonomous future is upon us – Discuss the intrinsic need for collaboration from the private and public spheres to prepare people for AVs – perception matters!

Company_Name Ryan Snyder Principal of Active Transportation Transpo Group

08:30 - 09:00
Sharing Cars for the Sharing Economy

Peer to peer car rental is provides great alternatives to current mobility models and empowers city residents. But what are the real benefits from the P2P car rental model?

  • Delve into the economic impact of P2P car sharing for citizens, how it generates revenue improves residential income and offsets cost of car ownership
  • Discuss the environmental impact of the P2P car sharing model by reducing the number of vehicles on the road and thus Co2 emissions on a city-wide scale
  • Discuss tactics to drive adoption of car sharing services and shared mobility models. Encourage American’s to break from the culture of vehicle ownership

Getaround Sylvano Carrasco VP Connected Car Getaround

08:30 - 09:00
Energy Disrupted: Entering the Era of Distributed Urban Energy

The century old model of energy generation and distribution are in flux. Tackle this issue head-on to create a strategy where DER support the next generation urban smart grid. 

  • Get to grips with the new energy players enabled by DER incl. energy brokers as the energy industry re-aligns business models in the digital age
  • A smooth operator: Understand how to utilize batteries to remove the two peak curve and smoothen out the consumption and load profile
  • Urbanisation = a huge opportunity for the energy industry. But growth can lead to fragility. Build an energy development strategy that puts resiliency at its core.

Company_Name Jack Clark Head of department Energy DNV GL

08:30 - 09:00
The Green Campus: Making Sense of Microgrids

Microgrids promise increased renewables, tariff arbitrage and even energy trading. See why businesses are breaking free from the grid.

  • Explore the economics of the open energy market. Calculate when it makes sense for companies to independently generate energy and sell it back into the grid?
  • Utilize tariff arbitrage take advantage of battery technology to purchase energy in low tariff periods and deploy at peak times
  • From micro to nano. Get inside the technology and the potential ROI and TCO to identify the tipping point for urban consumers and businesses to invest
08:30 - 09:00
A.I. and Sustainable Smart Buildings

See how to create an IoT platform and suite of services that drives sustainability, a superior experience for users and cost savings to the bottom line.  

  • The Big Payback? From smart HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) calculate the ROI to build a business case for tech adoption
  • Build a business case to reject the status quo and embrace renewable energy sources, clean air and smart IoT technologies
  • Identify the technologies, including LED lighting which transform the working environment. Enable the healthy and productive workplace of the future
08:30 - 09:00
Electric Transportation: The Blessing or Curse for Utilities?

With number of electric vehicles on the road set to increase, confront the question; is the power network primed to cope with their deployment?

  • Sidewalk, Office, Depot, Mall? Plot out the optimal network, factoring in slow, fast and wireless charging, required to support the update of EVs in cities
  • Get to grips with bi-directional charging. EVs to become a key node in the urban energy network, enabling a smoother grid and increased resiliency
  • The Next Great Revenue Stream? With sustainability threatening the revenues of energy companies, assess how utilities can leverage EVs as mobility moves from gas to the grid

Company_Name Patrick Kelly Program Manager EDF Renewables

08:30 - 09:00
Closing the Loop: Delivering The Urban Smart Grid

use IoT sensors and A.I. monitor and fix the grid in real-time.

  • Harness automated systems to monitor the network conditions in real time. Distribute more power through the existing infrastructure without the need for upgrades
  • Understand how A.I. can identify scenarios, response patterns and outcomes much faster than current grid monitoring. Remove the human and say goodbye to downtime.
  • Demand Response Management: Control the mix of available renewable energy and efficiently manage transmission the grid
08:30 - 09:00
Smart Waste: IoT (The Internet of Trash)

Waste doesn’t occur to a timetable. So why should waste collection? Utilize tech to create a healthy urban environment for citizens and employees.

  • Leverage IoT sensors to enable real-time waste management and create dynamic route optimization of the waste collection vehicle fleet
  • With growing mandates to reduce commercial waste, harness data to meet targets and create transparency of processes
  • Use analytics and usage patterns to optimize the locations of trash bins. Create urban a healthy urban experience based on the real needs of citizens  
08:30 - 09:00
Smart Water: Fixing a Leaking Network with Analytics

Harness smart technology to protect the quality of water supply, whilst managing the increased demand from mass urbanisation and reducing water waste.

  • Quantify the problem. Use sensors to of how much water is lost > depleting of resource additional cost and potential additional damage as well
  • Combine high-definition pressure sensing and machine learning to give an accurate picture of water detection and usage
  • Explore the role of smart devices in the home to alert the consumers on how to save water and strengthen conservation efforts

Company_Name Mariel Devesa Global Head of Business Development Phyn

08:30 - 09:00
Privacy & Governance: In Data Sharing We Trust!

Can your customers, citizens and workforce trust you with their data? In an increasingly data savvy climate, confront the legal, ethical and societal expectations on data collection, storage & sharing.

  • Understand the complex legal and ethical concerns of data sharing within public private partnerships, from data ownership issues to algorithmic bias and propriety data analytics
  • Forget big data, it’s all about focused data. Target which data sets are vital for the solution you are providing to avoid collecting data which is being stored to no avail
  • Put consumers first in your data strategy. Delve into the consumer’s data privacy rights to nullify potential threats to personal privacy posed by smart cities

Company_Name Keikoh Park National Director/Senior Vice President and Global Compliance Counsel JLL

Company_Name Gail Gottehrer Principal Akerman

08:30 - 09:00
Sensor Check: Leverage Existing Datasets to Pick the Low Hanging Fruit

What hardware is already installed? What data is already collected? What is the value of this data? Audit existing infrastructure to see what can be done.

  • Turn dumb data into smart data by examining how better analytics of existing assets can drive real results for new pilots and programs at a low paying point
  • Identify the problem first and work your way back to truly recognise the data sets you need, the hardware required and ultimately who your future partner will be
  • Transform the way city government think. Shift focus from tactical issues to strategic thinking. Move from today’s reactive organization to a high performance one

Company_Name Chris Chiancone Chief Information Officer City of Plano

Company_Name Dr. Luis Taveras Chief Information Officer City of Buffalo

Company_Name Lauren Haynes Smart Cities Product Manager Arity

08:30 - 09:00
A Framework for the Future: The Open Smart City Platform

The single vendor big ICT approach is dead. Interoperability and ecosystems are king. See how to develop an urban tech platform which embraces innovation and is future-proofed for next-gen breakthroughs.

  • Build networks which allow data sets to be leveraged between current and future applications and devices in order to provide real IoT scalability
  • Break through the siloed structures of enterprise and city org. charts. Go beyond immediate needs to build a long-term architecture that can leverage data across all departments
  • Understand the need for platform openness between tech players. Overcome challenges around standardisation and security to create interoperable urban tech solutions

University of Southern California Jerry Power Assistant Professor – Institute for Communications Technology Management University of Southern California

Oracle Canada Franco Amalfi Director of Innovation Oracle Canada

08:30 - 09:00
Living on the Edge/ Head in the Clouds: Powering Real-Time Urban Connectivity

Can today’s urban infrastructure support the explosion in real-time data processing and enable smart devices to make smart decisions on-demand?

  • Build a connectivity framework that supports both high bandwidth cellular/ Wi-Fi and low-power wide area networks (LPWAN) to allow the flexible Edge & Cloud to work in harmony.
  • Understand the different processing power and storage needs for each application to decipher which need to be run on over the Cloud and which can be processed on the Edge
08:30 - 09:00
Smart Lighting: The Gateway to Connected & Seamless Cities

It might seem simple, but grasp how the connected urban IoT starts with smart lighting.

  • Examine how to leverage Lighting as a Platform to deliver IP connectivity across the urban network. Create a base to build the next gen of smart urban services
  • Harness the power of LED lighting to deliver increased efficiency and cost savings to the bottom line
  • Enhance occupational well-being. Discover how smart lighting can deliver a spectrum that improves efficiency, well-being and safety in the workplace

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08:30 - 09:00

The ecosystem stands at the beginning of an Urban Tech explosion as a new wave of game-changing startups recognize cities as the next frontier for innovation.

The Urban Tech Showcase will bring to the headline stage the most inspiring entrepreneurs delivering a new generation of data-driven business models, services and technologies that tackle the opportunities created by future cities. It will feature 3 hand-picked startups in each of the following areas:

  • Mobile & Frictionless
  • Healthy & Sustainable
  • Connected & Seamless

Forget the status quo to re-think what is possible in the urban future.

08:30 - 09:00

An innovative space for collaboration and planning you won’t find at any other event. Held on Day 2 The Scrums will give action to the opportunities and case studies outlined on Day 1.


Built around a typical urban scenario of ‘Impactsville USA’, delegates will break into focused scrum groups to address the creation and delivery of a practical strategy around the themes of Mobile & Frictionless, Healthy & Sustainable or Connected & Seamless.

Facilitated by three expert scrum masters, groups will feature a cross section of stakeholders to create an urban development action plan structured around financing, public private partnerships, procurement, technology, piloting and implementation.


The scrum masters will evaluate the outcomes of their groups and take to the keynote stage to share the strategies from each theme with all attendees. 


The conference will conclude with an interactive discussion panel where the scrum masters take your questions and discuss collaborative industry next steps.


The post event IMPACT Report featuring the scrum strategies and analysis from scrum leaders will be shared with all attendees.

Gareth Ragg

Gareth Ragg

Co-Founder & Head of Strategy

UK: +44 (0) 207 375 7555


Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson

Co-Founder & Program Director

UK: +44 (0) 207 375 7589


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Speaker Line-Up | In-Depth Conference Program | Booking Discounts