Smart Cities International Symposium

Chicago, IL, United States

It is predicted that by 2050 about 64% of the developing world and 86% of the developed world will live in urban areas. The global smart cities market is expected to reach USD 237.6 billion by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 18.9% from 2019. Furthermore, nearly all global population growth from 2019 to 2030 will be absorbed by cities -- about 1.1 billion new urbanites over the next 11 years.

New insights and solutions are urgently needed in order to manage the scarce resources that will be impacted by this trend, as well as operate new and regenerated urban spaces. New generations of sensor networks, Big Data analytics, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications are being deployed in public and privately managed physical spaces to meet these requirements, though many challenges remain. Municipal governments around the world are currently formulating their Smart City strategies - now is the time to engage and learn from industry peers at the forefront of this key trend.

The 4th Annual Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition, 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:

  • Leveraging the smart energy grid for other municipal applications
  • Smart lighting advances, platforms and business models
  • Smart transportation and parking
  • Environmental monitoring and waste management
  • IoT applications and communications networks for enabling the Smarter City
  • Learning from the leaders: key smart city developments around the world
  • Market trends and growth drivers: challenges and opportunities
  • Phased, cost-effective approaches: efficiency measures that can fund additional steps
  • Building a culture of performance via data analytics and benchmarking
  • Enhancing sustainability, accessibility and livability
  • Key emerging technologies and applications
  • And more

Why Participate?

  • Chicago's Smart City Leadership: As a center for smart city application and deployment, Chicago is uniquely situated to lead the national conversation about moving toward the city of the future.
  • Focus on Implementation: The conference places primary focus on actual implementations, key case studies and lessons learned to date, in order to formulate real-world success strategies going forward.
  • Technology Innovation: Exhibits in the coffee break and luncheon area allow for quality networking with industry thought leaders and interaction with cutting-edge innovations
  • Senior-Level Executive Attendees: The Symposium is uniquely designed for senior decision-makers, CIOs, and executives charged with making the smart city a reality in today's environment
  • Emphasis on Qualty Networking: Ample time is reserved for focused, one-on-one meetings and high-value interaction among attendees

Who Should Attend?

  • Government policy makers and managers
  • Mayors and municipal leaders
  • Urban planning professionals
  • Telecommunication companies
  • Electric, water and gas utilities
  • Developers and construction companies
  • Electric vehicle and transportation organizations
  • Financial and investment professionals
  • Smart grid and communication technology providers
  • IT and Big Data analytics companies
  • Standards and regulatory organizations
  • Industry associations


  • Dr. George Crabtree, Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jerry Quandt, Executive Director,Illinois Autonomous Vehicle Association
  • Ben Prochazka, Vice President,Electrification Coalition
  • Michael Pegues, Chief Information Officer, City of Aurora
  • Maria S. Bocanegral, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Bryan Tillman, Project Manager, 360 Energy Group
  • Susan Mudd, Senior Policy Advocate, Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Ann M. Schlenker, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National La
  • Timothy Milburn, Advisor and Partner, Green Ways2Go
  • Jerry Quandt, Executive Director, Illinois Autonomous Vehicle Association
  • Elizabeth A. Kocs, PhD, Director, Energy Initiative, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Edith Makra, Director, Environmental Initiatives, Metropolitan Mayors, Caucus
  • Nancy Hamill Governale, President, Facilities Research
  • Anil Ahuja, Author, Integration of Nature & Technology for Smart Cities, President, CCJM Engineers, Ltd.
  • Stacey Mansker-Young, Deputy Commissioner of Policy, Planning, and Management, Department of Innovation and Technology. City of Chicago
  • Anna Whipple, Chief Information Officer, City of Des Moines
  • Dale Pennington, President & CEO, UtiliWorks Consulting, LLC
  • Atisha Varshney, Senior Urban Designer / Planner, WRT, LLC
  • Steve McNew, Senior Managing Director, Technology, FTI Consulting, LLC
  • John Robinson, Partner, Marazine Venture, Partner, Bluehouse, Investments
  • Maria Velissariou, PhD, Chief Science and Technology Officer, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
  • Ted C. Fishman, Author of China, Inc. and Shock of Gray
  • Amber Autumn, Founder & President, Green Ribbon Foundation
  • Dr. Dick Co, Executive Scholar, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Maksim Ovtsinnikov, Project Manager, Cybernetica AS - Estonia
  • John Zhang, Chief Engineer, Electrical & Innovation Technology, City of Chicago
  • Randall Schwartz, Principal Consultant, Wireless 20/20
  • Morris A. Ellison, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Marcus J. Lemon, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Malcolm Dowden, Legal Director, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Bruno Peters, Deputy Regional Director, Canada West, IBI Group
  • Alexandra Fisher, Policy Analyst, Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), Washington D.C.
  • Larisa Dobriansky, Chief Business & Regulatory Innovations Officer, General MicroGrids
  • Michael Hale, Consultant, Cloud Computing (AWS), Prime TSR
  • Chris Foreman, Chief Executive Officer,
  • Morne Erasmus, Director, Smart Cities, CommScope

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Chicago Conference Center
205 W. Wacker Drive, 60605
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Suite 202

Located in downtown Chicago's Loop, the Chicago Conference Center is steps away from the city's magnificent lakefront with world-renowned Millennium and Grant Parks, marvelous museums, restaurants and retail shopping.

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Event details
Organizer : SGO
Venue : Chicago Conference Center, Chicago, IL, United States
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-21839