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

The Future of Mobility
The Future of Mobility

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 Mobility Professionals

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.

Gary Halbert

City Manager, City of Chula Vista

Gary Halbert was appointed Chula Vista City Manager in June 2014 after serving as Assistant City Manager and Director of Development Services. Halbert is a certified planner and licensed engineer. As City Manager of the county’s second largest municipality with a population of 250,000, Halbert administers a $270 million annual budget and oversees 10 departments with a workforce of more than 1,000 employees.

Halbert has more than 30 years of experience in local government and has held management positions in city planning, transportation engineering and development services. He began his career working as an engineer in Traffic Operations for the City of San Diego, and came to the City of Chula Vista in October 2008.

Halbert holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Science from the University of California at San Diego and a Masters in Public Administration from San Diego State University. At SDSU, he was a recipient of the John Fowler Scholarship and Graduate Student of the Year. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the American Planning Association (APA) and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF).

Kyle Kozar

Kyle Kozar
Senior Transportation Planner / Bike Program Coordinator
City of Santa Monica

Kyle Kozar is a Senior Transportation Planner/Bike Program Coordinator for the City of Santa Monica. He currently oversees the successful implementation, expansion, and operation of the Bike Share program, and manages other bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects and programs throughout the city, including the new Shared Mobility Pilot Program. Before moving to Santa Monica he worked as Senior Planner for Energy and Environment at the Regional Plan Association in NYC, where his work focused on environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation, and bicycle/pedestrian planning. Kyle holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Tim Harter

Tim Harter
Senior Manager, Government Relations

Tim Harter is Senior Manager of Government Partnerships in Southern California. Prior to joining Bird, Tim worked for Assemblymember Richard Bloom in the 50th Assembly District handling mobility in the Greater Los Angeles area. Tim worked with elected officials in multiple local jurisdictions on issues ranging from homelessness to mobility, he was responsible for assisting local governments on creating an interoperable bike share network amongst all communities in AD50. He is committed to having an interoperable system throughout cities across the Southern California region with connections to mass transit.

Tim has lived in Santa Monica for seven years and was an early adopter of Bird. Tim signed up to become a charger to supplement his income and would collect Birds in the early days of Bird in Santa Monica. Tim lives without a car and proudly uses a combination of Bird and mass transit to commute around Southern California for meetings.

John Keisler

John Keisler
Economic Development Director
City of Long Beach

Bio not yet received

Sarah Ashton

Sarah Ashton
Public Affairs, Southern California

Sarah joined Uber in October of 2016, and oversees the company’s public affairs and policy work in Southern California. Most recently, Sarah served as Faraday Future’s Associate Director of Government Relations & Public Policy, where she developed and drove the emerging automaker’s first national government affairs strategy and portfolio. Sarah was previously with the Obama Administration, where she was the Director of the White House Climate Action Champions Program, launched by the President to accelerate sub-national climate action via cross-agency solutions.
In addition, Sarah also served on the President’s Community Solutions Task Force, a team developed to re-examine Federal programs to improve how the government designs and implements efforts to support local communities across environment, health, economic development, etc. Prior to joining the Administration, Sarah served as the Deputy Director of Global Strategy for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and the Los Angeles City Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Bennett Cyphers

Bennett Cyphers
Staff Technologist
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Bennett is an engineer on the Tech Projects team, where he works on Privacy Badger and HTTPS Everywhere. Before EFF, Bennett was at Access Now and MIT, and he has a Master’s of Engineering for work on privacy-preserving machine learning. He cares about privacy, transparency, data ownership, and digital equity. He wishes ad companies would kindly stop tracking everyone. Outside of work he has hobbies and likes fun.

Lt. Jeff Jordon

Lt. Jeff Jordon
San Diego Police Department

Jeffery Jordan, day to day work as Lieutenant at the San Diego Police Department involves conducting applied research to facilitate evidence-based decisions related to department policies, procedures, and practices. Assignment goals include enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of department operations while focusing on the expressed needs of officers, community members, and public officials.

Molly Daniell

Molly Daniell
Associate Director of City Progress
What Works Cities

Molly Daniell is the Associate Director of City Progress for the What Works Cities initiative. Previously, she worked as a labor law researcher for Verité, a supply chain verification and labor standards auditing firm. In this role, she supported the shrimp and anchovy portfolios in Thailand and Malaysia exposing unknown instances of forced, coerced, or child labor conditions. Molly began her career at the National Priorities Project where she worked on communications, data analytics, and publications designed to demystify the federal budget process and increase transparency. She is also the co-founder of CleanTap, a social enterprise dedicated to the principles of human-centered design to provide portable, hands-free, and affordable hand washing infrastructure in Mumbai, India. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Keith Jones

Keith Jones
Managing Partner and Owner
Ace Mobility Solutions

Keith B. Jones is responsible for corporate vision, strategy and execution for ACE. His leadership brings a cutting edge to ACE’s traditional values. Keith has successfully established ACE as the industry’s leading innovator in technology and operations, which has positioned the company to meet the growing needs of its clients and lead the parking industry into a new era — Mobility Solutions.

Steve Marshall

Steve Marshall
Transportation Technology Partnership Manager
City of Bellevue

Steve Marshall is the Transportation Technology Partnership Manager for the City of Bellevue. Before that Steve was Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions. Steve has served on the boards of numerous civic groups advising the Washington State Economic Development Commission and the Regional Transit Task Force. In 2019 he was selected to serve on the Executive Advisory Board to the Department of Energy’s Smart Mobility Consortium.

He is a frequent speaker and writer on energy and transportation issues, including speaking at the first International Smart Shared Mobility Congress in Guangzhou, China.

Steve graduated from the University of Washington and Harvard Law School with honors.

Nishal Mohan

Dr. Nishal Mohan, PhD
Founder, mohuman

Dr. Mohan’s passion for global social impact stems from a deep-rooted perspective acquired through his experiences of having lived in poverty, an immigrant from under served and under represented parts of society, a scientist, a technologist, and policy architect. His leadership,dedication and presence has gained the attention of various global trailblazers such as President Obama who follows him on Twitter. He serves on multiple international nonprofit boards and has led government, nonprofits, universities, and corporations in transforming communities, cities, and regions through next generation science and technologies.

In 2018, Nishal founded mohuman,a social impact nonprofit and pioneer of smart solutions to digital equity, with like-minded quality, implementing partners across the world to help those most in need. Previously, Nishal directed the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities Program, managing more than twenty-five cities to adopt next generation technologies for smart and connected cities and regions with sustainable innovation ecosystems and economies. Nishal joined US Ignite after serving as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He developed and drove national policies and initiatives across the US Federal Government in Big Data and data science, smart and connected health, and next generation internet technologies and applications for smarter cities.

Dr. Mohan previously founded and served as the Executive Director of the international multi-organizational Virtual Biosecurity Center that built global alliances to drive policies and initiatives for a safer world through biological, chemical and weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation. He also served as the Director of Biology Policy for the Federation of American Scientists and founder of Pandemic Academic LLC, to develop solutions to global infectious diseases. Nishal received his Bachelor’s of Science in biology at CUNY Hunter College and his Ph.D. in molecular biology at Princeton University.

Sheila Dugan

Sheila Dugan
Director of the Center for Government Excellence
GovEx at John Hopkins University

Sheila Dugan is Director of the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. GovEx helps governments use data to improve service delivery and residents’ lives. Before joining GovEx, Sheila worked on state and national broadband adoption programs. As a 2013 Code for America fellow, Sheila helped the City of Oakland develop RecordTrac, an open source web application that helps cities manage and respond to public records requests. Sheila holds Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and a Masters in Public Policy from The College of William and Mary.

Andrell Bower

Andrell Bower
Program Coordinator
Performance & Analytics, City of San Diego

Andrell joined the Performance & Analytics Department to assist the City’s Chief Data Officer in implementing the Open Data Initiative.

Andrell spent the past 10 years working in newspapers in the Midwest and San Diego County. Before joining the City, she worked in the Graphics, Data & Research Department of the San Diego Union-Tribune newsroom. While there, she analyzed and visualized data covering topics such as elections, water use, the local economy, and crime.

Andrell graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Missouri and is completing a journalism master’s degree with a focus in multimedia also from the University of Missouri.

Brad Elsass

Brad Elsass
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Ace Parking

As Vice President of strategic initiatives, Brad leads and oversees unique parking and mobility operations around the country. With over 18 years of management experience in various sectors, including parking, retail and theme parks (working for organizations such as Barnes and Noble, SeaWorld and Disney), Brad strives to provide exceptional service while overseeing management of budgets, revenue collection, customer service, maintenance, client communication and new technology deployment. Leveraging his expertise in an array of areas, Brad leads ACE’s efforts in the development and application of technological advances, including data analytics and image capturing parking management.

Bill Kepp

Bill Kepp
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Ace Parking

With over 30 years in the parking industry, Bill is a seasoned professional in the parking, transportation and innovation fields. Throughout his career, he has held key leadership roles at firms such as Central Parking, Standard Parking and SP+. Bill is an industry veteran with a dynamic eye on providing his clients and team the absolute best when it comes to delivering results. He is passionate about ensuring ACE remains the leader in the parking and mobility industry.

Monica Hernández

Monica Hernández
Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Director of Innovation & Partnerships|916.340.6237 |@SACOG
Instagram: Monica_Hernandez_916
Twitter: @SACOG

Monica Hernández joined the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) in 2007 and is the organization’s first director of innovation & partnerships. Focused on solving challenges through human centered design and building partnerships with the private sector and community-based organizations, she is responsible for the development and implementation of programs including the Innovative Mobility Accelerator, Civic Lab, Transportation Demand Management, the Commercial Corridor Task Force, the SACOG Youth Leadership Academy, and strategic communications across agency plans and programs. In her role she gets to focus on solving mobility and development challenges to accelerate adoption of non-SOV and EV transportation and to facilitate infill.

Ms. Hernández has a passion for leadership and talent development that emerged in her first career as an elementary school teacher. Ms. Hernández is the current chair of Sacramento’s Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative and serves as a mentor for Women’s Transportation Seminar. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Sacramento State and a master of science degree from Purdue University.

In her spare time she is an avid home canner and cyclist. She is currently reading Creative Quest by Questlove and Nudge by Richard Thaler & Cass R. Sustein.

Jennifer Park

Jennifer Park
Director of Certification and Community
Bloomberg Philanthropies
What Works Cities

Jennifer Park is the Director of Certification and Community for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities, the nation’s most comprehensive philanthropic effort to enhance cities’ use of data and evidence. In her role, Jenn created and launched What Works Cities Certification, the first-ever national standard of excellence for well-managed, data-driven local government. She also oversees the What Works Cities Community, a professional network that provides hundreds of city executives, leaders, and staff with access to peers in other cities, leading experts and resources, and virtual and in-person educational opportunities. Jenn leads strategic partnerships, cultivating opportunities to increase demand and support for Certification. Prior to joining What Works Cities, she was at Echoing Green, a global nonprofit providing early-seed funding, fellowship, and strategic support to social entrepreneurs. Jenn received her B.S. in biology at Villanova University and her M.D. at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Lisa Mae Fiedler

Lisa Mae Fiedler
Associate with Certification and Community
What Works Cities

Lisa Mae Fiedler is an Associate with Certification and Community at What Works Cities where she assesses cities’ foundational data practices and supports cities on the path to becoming a well-managed government. What Works Cities Certification is the first-ever national standard of excellence for well-managed, data-driven local government, helping cities benchmark their progress and leverage data to deliver better results for residents. Lisa also contributes to research and data analysis, data management, reporting, and design for the Certification program. Prior to joining the team, Lisa was at the Highway Safety Research Center where she worked for the National Center for Safe Routes to School and supported Vision Zero research. Lisa attended the University of Oklahoma and has a M.A. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Sherwood

Michael Sherwood
Information Technologies Director, City of Las Vegas

Michael Sherwood is the Director of Technology and Innovation for the City of Las Vegas. Sherwood has more than 20 years of management experience, specifically in the field of technology, process improvement and innovation with the majority of that experience being in municipal government operations. Most recently he served as the deputy director of public safety, business services and city technology for the city of Irvine, CA since December 2013. In that capacity he was responsible for budgets of both public safety at $70 million and technology at $8 million. He was responsible for more than 100 professional, technical employees and contractors. In that role he developed and implemented key technology strategies that reduced the annual technology operating costs by more than $1 million. He also provided key leadership in bringing Google Fiber to the city. Prior to that position, Sherwood served as the manager of business services for the City of Irvine, CA from 2012-2013, the chief information officer for City of Oceanside, CA, from 2001-2012 and the information technologies manager for the City of Oceanside, CA from 1997-2000. Before 1997, he served in the private sector. Sherwood earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from Pepperdine University followed by a Master of Science in Executive Management from the University of Southern California.

Robert Hubbard

Robert Hubbard
Manager of Connected Communities,
Public Utilities & Education Channel for the Americas

Robert Hubbard, a San Diego resident, manages Cisco’s Connected Communities, Public Utilities & Education Channel for the Americas.. Hubbard joined Cisco in 2016 to lead a dramatic leap forward in the way Digital Transformation technologies are leveraged for new buying centers in the public and private sector. Since then, he has formed key alliances to deliver line of business solutions for clients, establish new economic models and routes to market. His team has been involved in many of the Cisco Digital Acceleration and Lighthouse City projects in the Americas.

Prior to joining Cisco, Hubbard led the development of HPE’s Big Data Channel in the Americas. His work brought big data analytics, governance and compliance capabilities to HPE’s go to market strategy through Service Providers, Architect & Engineering firms, SI’s, Developers, Resellers and Consultants. Starting in the private sector with some of the largest clients in the Bay Area then moving on to develop public sector and federal markets.

Hubbard started his career as a United States Marine before moving to the civilian sector. He has been involved in information management and technology for 30 years.

Justin Schaefli

Justin Schaefli
Urban Systems Associatees

Mr. Schlaefli is President of Urban Systems Associates. He is responsible for managing projects on a day-to-day basis as well as interfacing with other project team members and decision makers/ government staff. He has over seventeen years of experience specializing in Transportation Planning, Construction, Traffic Engineering and Traffic Operations. He has experience working on both public sector projects as well as private sector development. His experience ranges from conducting traffic studies to specialized access analysis, parking studies, trip generation studies, traffic micro-simulation, signal operations, traffic control and design/selection of ITS solutions. In addition, Mr. Schlaefli has served as a subject matter expert in court, for the State of California and for vendors in the transportation industry. As a Founding Member of Circulate San Diego, Mr. Schlaefli feels that planning for all modes of transportation will be the foundation of our future society.

Mr. Schlaefli’s unique experience includes creating Urban Systems’ industry-leading Signal Lab. This Lab is designed to test and integrate the latest technology and is intended to assist Urban Systems in solving some of the most complex traffic operations challenges. In addition to creating the Signal Lab, Mr. Schlaefli has field experience leading design/build teams. This diverse and wide-ranging experience in the office, the field and the lab keeps Urban Systems at the forefront of the transportation industry.

Reggie Chandra

Reggie Chandra
In | Sync and code | GREEN

Reggie invented In|Sync and code|GREEN. In|Sync a robot that synchronizes traffic lights and reduces automobile crashes by 30%. Code|GREEN uses Artificial Intelligence to automatically collect traffic volumes, create timing plans and control the traffic signals seamlessly. Esquire Magazine recognized Reggie as one of the most inspirational CEOs in the US in 2012.

Sir Richard Branson, after meeting with Reggie declared that: “You should be awarded a Nobel Prize.”
Governors, entrepreneurial/engineering organizations have recognized Reggie for his contribution to society.

The company: Rhythm Engineering was listed in the Inc. 5000 for 5 years. Inc. Magazine listed it as the 64th fastest growing company in the USA. Gartner also lists Rhythm Engineering as a “Cool Vendor.” Rhythm Engineering holds 5 patents and continues to invent new and disruptive products that revolutionize the industry. Rhythm Engineering adaptive solutions operate in 2,700 intersections at 160 cities in 32 states and positively impact about 9,000,000 motorists daily.

Reggie holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, a master’s degree in Traffic Engineering and a Ph.D in Organizational Leadership.

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.” 

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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!”

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Executive Director, Next Century Cities

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