DAY TWO — NOVEMBER 3, 2016
Location: Room W-178 McCormick Center; West Building
Registration and Networking
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Timothy Downs, Content Director, Smart Gig Media LLC
The City as a Platform – Transitioning the City into a Vibrant Digital Hub
The “smart infrastructure” that enables local government leaders to manage traffic, monitor water usage in real-time, make adjustments to the electric grid based and more, also enables a whole suite of new services that have not historically been the purview of government. This panel provides a forward-looking view of what a ‘smart city’ as a platform is; what it enables; and what the ultimate value is for governments and residents.
Chris Crosby, President & CEO, Xaqt
Tom Touchet, CEO, Smart City Media
CASE STUDY: City Digital and UI Labs
City Digital is a Chicago-based consortium focused on data-driven urban innovation within the built environment. It uses Chicago as a testbed for technology and demonstration, focusing on four critical impact areas: Energy Management, Physical Infrastructure, Transportation, and Water and Sanitation. This session focuses on case studies of City Digital experiments that can be replicated and extended to have an impact in other cities.
Steve Fifita, Executive Director, UI Labs
KEYNOTE: Brenna Berman, Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago
CASE STUDY: University of Chicago’s Array of Things
Get behind the headlines and gain a deep understanding of Chicago’s Array of Things (AoT), a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes that have been installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use. You’ll hear as the project’s leaders from Argonne National Laboratory discuss the real-time, location-based data generated by the sensor network, which has the potential to allow researchers, policymakers, developers and residents to work together and take specific actions that will make Chicago and other cities healthier, more efficient and more livable.
Moderator: Jason Harris, Head of Clients, Obsidian
Charlie Catlett, Senior Computer Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
Peter Beckman, Co-director of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering
Senior Fellow in University of Chicago’s Computation Institute
KEYNOTE:Vijay Sammeta, CEO, Civic Foundry; Former CIO, City of San Jose
Smarter Lighting: Smarter City Applications with Immediate ROI
The role of the city’s lighting system is quickly evolving. Once, it was only thought of as a way to illuminate dark streets and sidewalks. Now the next generation of street lighting will be connected, which can lower energy costs, while also providing an infrastructure platform for a multifunctional communications network for the “smart city.” This session will highlight recent deployments of connected or smart lighting technologies, and explore future applications that will be run on these new networks.
Essam El-Beik, Illinois Century Networks
Transportation: What Industry is Doing today and What It Means for Cities Tomorrow
The government/regulator/policy person must understand what is happening from a technology point of view. Autonomous Vehicles and Vehicle-to-Everything connectivity has reached a significant milestone with R&D in various technology areas converging and critical standards being adopted recently. This session provides a comprehensive summary of where the industry is today and where it will be by 2020, and where it will go from there. This discussion will also examine the salient points from the recently released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidance on automated cars.
Ryan Snyder, Principal, TranspoGroup
PANEL: Citizen Engagement, Adoption and Partnerships
No matter what the technology infrastructure discussed — Gigabit broadband, smart city applications, next gen transportation – what matters most for civic leaders is adoption, engagement and utilization of the digital infrastructure. This panel examines examples of partnerships, policy, tools and techniques from civic leaders and their private sector partners in and around Illinois.
Dave Lyons, Sustainability Consultant, Greater Dubuque
Greg Stopka, Membership Director, Alliance for Innovation
Herb Kiryliw, Director, NIUNet Broadband Development, Northern Illinois University
Connecting the Dots Between Broadband & Economic Development Growth
In any infrastructure project, municipal government leaders must weigh benefits versus costs to understand the return. For broadband networks, it is no different. This workshop will help you connect the dots between broadband and economic development. We will provide tools and methodologies to quantify the benefits for your region and show how that can be used to make the case for investing in broadband projects and programming. The economic impact scenarios of driving more effective use of Internet applications are calculated from SNG’s economic impact model and based on our Digital Economy Database of over 35,000 businesses who have reported how they are connected, using, and benefitting from Internet applications.
The take-aways from this workshop are:
• Why businesses need broadband
• Quantifying the benefits of broadband in terms of increases in GDP, growth to the tax base, and new jobs
• Why SmartGig planning and support is needed to realize local economic development
Workshop Leader: Michael Curri, President, Strategic Networks Group