4th Annual Smart Cities International Symposium Coming to Chicago, Jan. 21-22, 2020

  • Posted by Daniel Coran
  • January 9, 2020 5:15 PM GMT
The in-depth Symposium focuses on networking and information sharing among key players at the cutting edge of Smart City innovation

The 4th Annual Smart Cities International Symposium, January 21-22, 2020 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 include:

  • Refining the Smart City Vision: Innovative Approaches and Strategies
  • Ransomware: Strategies of Prevention & Mitigation
  • The Role of Blockchain Technology in the Future of Smart Cities
  • Electric Vehicle Charging and Grid Synergies
  • From Smart Cities to Resilient Cities
  • Intelligent Mobility Systems: Technology, Data & the Future of Transportation
  • Leveraging Data and Public Policies to Drive Optimal Outcomes
  • Key Smart Grid Projects and Initiatives:  Learning from the Leaders
  • Developing the Business Case and Monetization Strategy for Smart City Projects
  • Building Utility Communities and the Smart Grid
  • Key Requirements for Smart City Infrastructure
  • Innovation in Smart City Technology Procurement
  • 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 2020 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. Ryosuke Shibasaki, Professor, Center for Spatial Information Science,  The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Dr. Yan Zhou, Group Manager, Vehicle and Energy Technology & Mobility Analysis, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Ben Bartlett, Councilmember, City of Berkeley
  • Bob Bennett, Chair, Cities Today Institute
  • Steve McNew, Senior Managing Director, Technology, FTI Consulting
  • Maria S. Bocanegra, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Stacey Mansker-Young, Deputy Commissioner of Policy, Planning, and Management, City of Chicago
  • Anna Whipple, Chief Information Officer, City of Des Moines
  • Maria Velissariou, PhD, Chief Science and Technology Officer, Institute of Food Technologists
  • Ted C. Fishman, Author of China, Inc. and Shock of Gray
  • Elizabeth A. Kócs, PhD, Director, Energy Initiative, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Anil Ahuja, Author of Integration of Nature & Technology for Smart Cities
  • John Zhang, Chief Engineer Innovation Technology, City of Chicago
  • Morris A. Ellison, Partner, and Chair of Smart Cities Group, Womble Bond Dickinson
  • John Robinson, Partner, Marazine Ventures, and Partner, Bluehouse Investments
  • Michael Pegues, Chief Information Officer, City of Aurora
  • Ann M. Schlenker, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Lab
  • Alexandra Fisher, Policy Analyst, Department of Energy & Environment Washington D.C.
  • Bryan Tillman, Project Manager, 360 Energy Group
  • Dale Pennington, President & CEO, UtiliWorks Consulting
  • Maksim Ovtšinnikov, Project Manager, Cybernetica AS – Estonia
  • And more

The event opens with a full-day workshop on “The Future of Mobility” on January 21.  The workshop takes an in-depth 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