3rd Annual Smart Cities International Symposium Coming to Chicago

  • Posted by Daniel Coran
  • November 28, 2018 6:23 PM GMT
The three-day Symposium in Chicago focuses on in-depth networking and information sharing among key players at the cutting edge of Smart City innovation.

The 3rd Annual Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition, January 22-24, 2019 in Chicago brings together thought leaders and practitioners from around the world to explore the most recent technology advances, business models, and lessons learned to date in making the Smart City a reality.

Expert speakers will examine the experiences of municipal governments who are pushing the envelope and moving toward actual implementation of the Smart City vision. The emphasis is on implementation strategy, case studies, best practices and the development of compelling business models for transitioning to the 21st Century Smart City.

Topics to be addressed in January include:

  • Putting People First in Sustainable Urban Development
  • Refining the Smart City Vision: Innovative Approaches and Strategies
  • Shaping Smart City Development with Strategic Partnerships
  • The Array of Things and the Future of the Smart City
  • Viva Las Vegas, Where Tech is Used for Good
  • Is America Prepared for Energy Democracy?
  • Modernizing Our Cities: The Role of the Utility and Other Players
  • Energy Independent Smart Cities
  • Different Approaches To Structuring A Smart Cities Movement
  • Catalyzing Smart Communities: Changing Parameters, Players And Structures
  • Communications Protocols and Networks for Smart City Communications
  • Enhancing sustainability, accessibility and livability
  • Key emerging technologies and applications
  • And more


“The Symposium is a unique opportunity for thought leaders at the edge of Smart City innovation to network in a focused environment with fellow senior executives,” says Daniel Coran, editor of the Smart Grid Observer and program manager for the 2019 event.  “The information-sharing and cross-silo interaction is of critical value for municipalities undertaking the Smart City transition.”

A Sample of Confirmed Speakers:

- Dr. George Crabtree, Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National
- Danielle Dumerer, CIO & Commissioner, Department of Innovation & Technology, City of Chicago
- Gerben Van Straaten, CEO, World of Walas
- Craig Lewis, Founder & Executive Director, Clean Coalition 
- Tim Antoniuk, Associate Professor, Design Studies, University of Alberta
- Dr. Danielle Kizaire, Co-Founder,Bronzeville Urban Development
- Rebekah Scheinfeld, Commissioner, Department of Transportation (CDOT), City of Chicago
- Melissa Washington, Vice President, External Affairs and Large Customer Service, ComEd
- Andrew Feuerborn, Director of Data & Analytics, City of Aurora
- Wilfred Pinfold, CEO, urban.systems
- Michael Sherwood, CIO, City of Las Vegas 
- Nancy Hamill Governale, Founder, Zero Energy Lab, Illinois Institute of Technology
- Carlos Nouel, Vice President, Innovation and Development, National Grid
- Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx- Daniel Lauf, Program Director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, National Governors Association 
- Larisa Dobriansky, Chief Business & Policy Innovation Officer, General Microgrids
- Syed Zaeem Hosain, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Aeris
- Elizabeth A. Kocs, PhD, Director, Energy Initiative, University of Illinois at Chicago


The main conference on January 23-24 will be preceded by a half-day workshop on “The Future of Mobility” on January 22.  The workshop takes a look at key developments in the e-mobility space, their likely impact on current infrastructures, and how best to implement and manage change in the transportation sector order to optimize the overall smart city vision.

Organizations who have participated in prior editions of the Symposium include:  Ascend Indiana, BioCrossroads, Black & Veatch, Bloomberg BNA, Bosch Software Innovations, British Consulate-General, Bronzeville Microgrid, BuildingIQ, CCJM Engineers, Ltd., Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, Chicago Now, Chicago Transit Authority, CIDETEC-IPN, Cisco Systems, City Digital (UIL), City of Indianapolis, City of Kalamazoo, City of Kansas City, City of Milwaukee, City of Minneapolis, City of San Jose, City of Syracuse, City of Tucson, Cityzenith, ComEd, CompTIA, Copenhagen Capacity, Cornell University, Cubic Transportation Systems, Cushman & Wakefield, Deloitte, Drawbridge Solutions, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C., EastBanc Technologies, The Japan Research Institute Ltd., Elevate Energy, Fujitsu, GPD Group, GreenPreneu, Grumman/Butkus Associates, HERE, HomeGrid Forum, IGS Energy, Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, Illinois.gov, Indy Chamber, Infobright, InformationWeek, INRIX, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), IPgallery, ISEIF, Itron, Indiana University / Purdue University Indiana, Johnson Controls, Kollabio, McWane Ductile, Meeting of the Minds, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Microsoft, Mosaico Digitale U.S.A., Navigant, Nissan North America, Inc, Open Geospatial Consortium, Persistent Systems, POLCO, PowerSecure, University of Kansas, Scottish Development International, Silver Spring Networks, SJR Partners, Smart Grid Cluster, Smart Grid Consumers Collaborative, Smart Utility Systems, Society of Environmental Journalists, SPIDR Tech, The University of Chicago, Tucson Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service, UI Labs, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Minnesota - Regional Competitiveness Institute, Uptake, USGBC-Illinois, Vectren Corporation, Verizon Wireless, West Monroe Partners, Willdan/IIT, Zytronic, and others.

The Symposium is organized by the Smart Grid Observer,  an online information portal and weekly e-newsletter serving the global smart energy and clean tech industries. For more information and to sign up for a free subscription, visit www.smartgridobserver.com


For full information and to register for the conference, visit www.smartcities-symposium.com