CityLaunch 2020








March 22 – 24, 2020

Connected Communities Collaborative is excited to present CityLaunch 2020.

This year’s theme is “Transportation for the Smart City” offering three conference tracks: Mobility as a Service (MAAS); the first ever Smart Mobility Certification for Traffic Engineers; and Data/Open Data – including cyber security and more. Whether you’re new to smart cities or you’re well on your way to becoming a connected community, CityLaunch will help get you to the next level.

3 Tracks

Mobility as a Service (MAAS)
Mobility as a Service (MAAS)

Sessions will focus on the Future of Mobility, Autonomy, IoT, MAAS, ITS, 5G, CAV and what it all means, Parking Systems and new advancements, Electrification of Transportation and much more.

Data-Informed Government
Data-Informed Government

Interactive workshops and panels will focus on emerging standards of excellence for data sharing, open data, performance management and other strategies for applying data in city government. This track will also explore the challenges of managing privacy and data security in city government.

Smart Mobility Certification for Traffic Engineers

Smart Mobilty Certification

Training sessions will focus on System Reliability, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Leveraging Investments and Funding Smart Mobility. Discuss concepts of resiliency, redundancy and reliability for Smart Mobility systems, review the current state-of-the-art in ITS and how it fits within the framework of an overall Smart Mobility ecosystem, review funding sources both traditional and non-traditional necessary to accelerate towards a Smart City, and highlight best practices and methods for vendor engagement and evolving technology in a way that doesn’t overwhelm cities to achieve the goal of a smarter world.

This information-packed conference will showcase new solutions and explore how smart mobility is reshaping our cities. Hear from experts on how to accelerate and take advantage of mobility products and services all designed to help tackle urban mobility challenges faced by cities and economies, large or small. Learn how your city can become more intelligent by investing in smart city initiatives to increase road safety for automobile drivers by optimizing traffic management with live data insights.

Traffic Engineers can register up for our Smart Mobility Certification program and learn how leveraging existing investments can help reduce the overall cost of becoming a Smart City.

CityLaunch is about more than smart cities, it’s about bringing leading innovators and technologists together with city leaders to create a digital future accessible for all.


Private Sector:

Early Bird $750 | Regular $950

Government Sector:

Early Bird $500 | Regular $600

Smart Mobility Training and Certification:

Connected Communities Collaborative will be offering 6 hours of training/coursework during the CityLaunch 2020 conference in order to become Smart City certified. Attendees will need to attend the 6 hours of coursework and take an online exam within a week of the conference. There will be an additional fee of $125 for course materials and testing. Attendees will need to register for the conference and pay the additional fee in order to take the test to become certified.

Testing & Materials $125

Early bird rates are valid until February 28, 2020.

Confirmed Speakers

Hasan Ikhrata

Considered one of the preeminent transportation planning experts in the nation, Hasan Ikhrata is the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). SANDAG is the leading research, planning, and transportation agency for the San Diego region. Mr. Ikhrata has more than 30 years of experience in the arena of Transportation Planning in the Southern California Region, in both the private and public sector.

As Executive Director of SANDAG, Mr. Ikhrata directs day‐to‐day operations of the agency and implements policies set by its governing board. In addition, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the SANDAG Service Bureau, the nonprofit public benefit corporation chartered by SANDAG.

Mr. Ikhrata holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union, a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and transportation from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Mr. Ikhrata is an adjunct professor in the business school at California State University, Northridge.

Prior to joining SANDAG in 2018, Mr. Ikhrata worked for Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

Randy Iwasaki

Randy Iwasaki was appointed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) Board on April 16, 2010. In his role as Executive Director, he administers the one-half percent sales tax program. The Authority is also the Congestion Management Agency, so he makes recommendations on how state and federal transportation funds will be used in Contra Costa. He created GoMentum Station the largest secure autonomous/connected vehicle proving grounds in the US. He continues to work with Silicon Valley companies to provide innovative solutions to congestion relief.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Iwasaki was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2009 as Director of the California Department of Transportation. He was in charge of the operation of the California state transportation system, including more than 50,000 lane miles of state highway, intercity passenger rail, and more than 250 general aviation airports. He oversaw an annual budget of almost $14 billion and a staff of more than 22,000 people.

Iwasaki serves on a number of national transportation panels and committees. He is the past Chairman of ITS America. He was appointed to the National Freight Advisory Committee and served as the Chair of the Committee. Most recently in 2016, Eno Transportation and Shared Mobility Strategies identified Randy as one of the top 10 public sector transportation innovators. In 2013, he was inducted into the ITS America Hall of Fame in recognition of his ability to deliver innovative ITS solutions for the transportation system in California. In 2009, he was named to Government Technology’s list of 25 “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers”. This annual award is given “to recognize the hardest working and most innovative individuals in the public sector” and in 2008 was the recipient of the Thomas H. McDonald Memorial Award, which is considered the highest award presented by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for “rendering continuous outstanding service over an extended period of time or have made some exceptional contribution to the art and science of highway engineering.”

Iwasaki earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, where he currently serves on the School of Engineering’s Industrial Advisory Board. In 2017, he received the Sandra Gardebring Ogren Leadership Award as one of the honored alumni from Cal Poly. He also earned a Master of Science Degree in Engineering from California State University, Fresno.

Barry Einsig

Barry Einsig is a Principal of CAVita, responsible for business development and execution of the strategic advisory programs. Einsig will work closely with Econolite President & COO and CAVita Principal Abbas Mohaddes, and CAVita Principal Peter Sweatman.

Einsig joins CAVita following six years with Cisco Systems, Inc., where he was an executive responsible for global automotive and transportation solution development. Einsig helped launch Cisco’s leading innovative solutions in several new markets, including connected and automated vehicle, rail, roadways, and mass transit.

Prior to Cisco Systems, Einsig was the Director of Transportation/Strategic Development for Harris Corp. (Washington D.C.) where he was one of the founding members of the Broadband team to lead the company into the LTE market. While at Harris, Einsig received a patent for the use of video over LTE networks.

He is a member of Singapore CARTS Committee focused on Connected and Highly Automated vehicle systems. He has worked globally with customers in all modes of transportation, including: Network Rail, Deutsche Bahn, Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Port of Hamburg, SFMTA, Transport For London, BNSF, WMATA, AMTRAK, DART, PA Turnpike, TMR Australia, Metrolinx Toronto. Einsig is a published authority on ITS, infrastructure systems, and connected vehicle applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA).

Eric Raamot

Eric Raamot is Econolite’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Mr. Raamot manages every aspect of the Company’s day-to-day firmware, hardware, and system software development operations, as well as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) integration and support. In addition, he is responsible for production line support in the manufacture of Econolite’s many embedded products. He was instrumental in developing Econolite’s groundbreaking Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) software – Centracs® ATMS.

Prior to being appointed Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Raamot was Vice President of Engineering. Previously to that, he was Econolite’s Director of Systems Engineering in charge of software design and development and customer support.
Mr. Raamot has served on various standards committees including NTCIP, NEMA, and ATC. Additionally, he is involved with several university research programs. He is a recipient of the “2010 Best Paper Award” from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Signal Systems Committee for his collaborative work with Purdue University on Railroad Preemption Performance Measures.
Before joining Econolite, Mr. Raamot was responsible for firmware and software development, as well as systems integration for AECOM Systems Integration Group, which was later acquired by Econolite.
Mr. Raamot holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from the Transportation Engineering program at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Gwen Shaffer

Dr. Gwen Shaffer is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations at California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches courses on internet regulation and communication law. Her research on topics such as broadband connectivity and data privacy explore ways in which digital exclusion and algorithmic bias compound existing challenges. Dr. Shaffer chairs the City of Long Beach’s Technology and Innovation Commission, which is currently conducting research meant to gain insights into residents’ understanding of what it means to live in a “smart” city. Through a survey and focus group discussions with community members, commissioners hope to learn which investments in technology residents prioritize—for example, investments in transportation or renewable energy—and how Long Beach residents interact with internet connected devices and infrastructures. Ultimately, the Technology and Innovation Commission will help develop data privacy-protection tools the city of Long Beach can implement.

Ryan Kurtzman

Smart Cities Manger – City of Long Beach

Ryan Kurtzman is the Smart Cities Manager for the City of Long Beach, where he is leading an initiative to create an inclusive, responsive, and innovative City government that leverages technology to improve connectivity, mobility, digital equity, and economic outcomes for all residents. He also leads the City’s open data and data governance initiatives. Before that, Ryan worked for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti where he supported the City’s Great Streets Initiative and park equity goals. He graduated from UCLA with a Master in Urban and Regional Planning degree with a focus on transportation policy and planning. Ryan lives in Long Beach where he enjoys biking along the beach, jogging, and reading science fiction.

Rick Tiene

Infrastructure for Mission Secure, Inc and in that role Rick works with all aspects of the company to unsure the highest level of value and effectiveness for MSi’s customers. Rick joined MSi after helping to build Alertus Inc., into the most trusted in-building alert system.  

Prior to joining Alertus, Rick helped found and build Roam Secure and the Roam Secure Alert Network, the first emergency communication platform that successfully included large-scale high-speed text messaging to cell phones and other wireless devices, revolutionizing first responder and citizen notification in emergencies. During this time Rick was elected to the board of the Partnership for Public Warning.

Since joining MSi, Rick has interacted closely with key people at all levels of government as well as industry partners and quickly been recognized as a leading advocate for the necessity to secure Operational Technology (OT) systems as they become more integrated into IT systems and other intelligent infrastructure that government, industry and the public are becoming more reliant on. Rick has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and serves on several important Cyber Security committees.

What People are Saying

“The inaugural City Launch Conference brought the country’s top leaders together who are building smart and connected communities to better collaborate especially as we see cities taking more regional and people centric policy approaches to technology. With the partnerships forged I am excited to see the success to follow.” 

Rhonda Binda

Co-Founder, Venture Smarter &
Executive Director, Smart Regions Initiative

“CityLaunch had a unique and intriguing process for ensuring all were able to benefit from the experience of the participants. It was refreshing to take part in a process that respected the collective wisdom of those in the room and used that resource to create a set of actions steps that may help to address hard to solve problems. I will certainly be participating again next year!”

Deborah Socia

Executive Director, Next Century Cities

“Great group of attendees and speakers. Collaborative format with opportunities to develop actionable plans for my city and meet peers. Terrific event; I will be back in 2020.”

Bob Bennett

Chief Innovation Officer, Kansas City

“I was very impressed with the level of interest attendees had.”

Ryan Snyder

Principal, Transpogroup

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Connected Communities Collaborative is a 501c(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping local governments strategically integrate and leverage technological innovation to enhance economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and quality of life. Technology is bringing rapid change in many sectors including personal mobility, transportation, land-use, wireless, goods-movement and more. Connected Communities Collaborative works to give local governments the strategies, tools and training they need to take advantage of connected and smart city technologies.

Connected Communities Collaborative is financially supported through grants and sponsorships, and from revenues generated from the annual CityLaunch conference.

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