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About Connected Communities Collaborative

Connected Communities Collaborative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local governments strategically integrate and leverage technological innovation to enhance economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and quality of life. Connected Communities Collaborative works to give local governments the strategies they need to take advantage of smart city technologies. 

Connected Communities Collaborative’s signature production is CityLaunch, held annually in San Diego, California. CityLaunch is the kickoff to a year-long series of educational and networking meetings, seminars and online trainings for local government officials, vendors and smart city researchers and practitioners. CCC programming is designed to bring together novice and veteran smart city leaders in working groups to share best practices and build relationships that provide ongoing support to achieve local goals. 

Attend CityLaunch 2019

  • Learn how to develop a smart city strategic roadmap tailored to your city
  • Receive hands-on coaching from practitioners with a track record of success
  • Leave with a blueprint for success
  • Gain access to a full suite of ongoing resources, including monthly webinars
  • Enhance your conference with your choice of 4 Technical Tours
  • Network with civic leaders from peer cities and meet leading technology providers and practitioners
  • Reimagine your city services with technologists and innovators from across the US

Government & City Leaders

Elected officials, city managers, CIOs, CTOs, IT directors, data managers, innovation chiefs, policy analysts and business systems specialists who are interested in launching cohesive and strategic smart city programs dedicated to transforming local government services with technology and data analytics

Businesses and start-ups

Companies, VCs and organizations in the smart city, connected community, cleantech and digital infrastructure spaces 


Individuals and academics involved in urban technology research and development who are looking for local government partners, , investors, and build professional networks in the tech ecosystem

Conference Program

View details of the CityLaunch conference program with sessions featuring experts in big data, small cell technology, clean tech, autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing, broadband, and more.


Jason Anderson
President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego

Mari Silbey
Director of Communications for US Ignite

Kamran Saddique
Executive Director of City Innovate

Peter Hirshberg
Founder, Maker City Project

Nishal Mohan
President of MOHUMAN

Amardeep Prasad
Director of Partnerships, Office of Civic Innovation

Lea Deesing
Assistant City Manager
at City of Riverside, Former Chief
Innovation Officer

Jay Nath
Executive Director
of City Innovate

Deb Socia
Executive Director
Next Century Cities

David Graham
Chief Innovation Office
City of Carlsbad

Ben Levine
Executive Director of Metrolab

Jim Madaffer
President and CEO, Madaffer Enterprises


Sponsor at CityLaunch 2019

Let CityLaunch put you in front of the City Managers, CIO’s, CTO’s, elected officials and other decision makers in the market. Choose one of the below platforms or contact us to customize one just for you.

Exhibit at CityLaunch 2019

The exhibit area is open throughout the conference and is the site for the receptions, continental breakfasts and breaks, allowing you to maximize time with attendees. As an exhibitor you will have a “Back Stage” pass to the VIP reception where you and all sponsors have an exclusive audience with the most sought-after decision makers in advance of the Welcome Reception.

MARCH 10-12 2019

CityLaunch 2019 Conference
Hard Rock Hotel

Downtown San Diego
207 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

877-INTLCCC (877-468-5222)

Dennis Gakunga
City of Chula Vista

As the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chula Vista, Dennis leads the City’s Office of Sustainability and Smart City campaign. His responsibilities include managing the implementation of a wide range of sustainability programs and smart city initiatives. His previous experience includes serving as a department director and assistant director for multiple municipalities and public agencies in Texas and California. Dennis has also worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting, IBM Business Consulting and PWC Consulting. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Information Systems and Management Sciences from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Tracy Colunga
City of Long Beach

Tracy Colunga has served as the City’s Neighborhood Relations Officer since 2015. Under her leadership, the City has garnered $3.1 million in federal, state, and private grants to work with residents to co-create human-centered solutions that improve safety and livability. She spearheaded the development of Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan, the City’s Language Access Policy implementation and most recently My Brother’s Keeper Long Beach Local Action Plan implementation. In addition, she oversees the Long Beach Human Relations Commission and the Long Beach Gang Reduction and Intervention Program. She administered the U.S. Department of Justice Weed and Seed Grant for the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department from 2007 to 2012. She started her career with the City of Long Beach as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator in 2006.

Amardeep Prasad
Director of Partnerships, Office of Civic Innovation

Amardeep ‘Dee’ Prasad is dedicated to fostering civic innovation by empowering cross-sector partnerships. Before joining the team, Dee was an inaugural staff member with Fuse Corps, helping to launch and scale the nationally recognized civic fellowship program. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University and is an Alumni of Fresno State’s American Humanics Leadership Program. Follow @deebrar

Leah Wiggs
Program Director
Startup In Residence at City Innovate

Leah Wiggs – Bio Coming Soon

Scott Chadwick
City of Carlsbad

Chadwick has served as chief operating officer for the City of San Diego since 2013. During his tenure, Chadwick gained national recognition for using technology to improve service, increase transparency and boost community engagement. Chadwick has also won praise for accelerating the completion of major infrastructure improvements, including an ambitious five year goal to repair 1,000 miles of streets, which is on track to finish a year ahead of schedule.
He began his career at the City of San Diego as a labor relations officer, eventually working his way up to human resources director in 2009. Prior to joining the City of San Diego, Chadwick served in the United States Army and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University.

Bob Bennett
Chief Innovation Officer, Kansas City

Bob Bennett became the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in January 2016 after a 25-year career in the US Army.
Bob’s role in the Mayor’s office is to find solutions to help the city run efficiently and effectively. He leads the Smart City initiatives, a suite of projects including: data analysis, Public Wi-Fi, digital kiosk installation, and smart lighting programs in the city’s downtown core.
Kansas City’s initiatives earned an Edison Award (Gold) for “Collective Disruption” and civic innovation in 2017. Bob is currently working on plans to extend Smart City infrastructure throughout the 318 miles of KCMO with an emphasis on Digital Inclusion and partnering with Avis on deployment of the first fully Connected Vehicle Fleet in a municipality. As a West Point grad with degrees ranging from systems engineering to public communications, Bob is a natural problem solver.

Almis Udrys
Office of the Mayor of San Diego

Almis Udrys was appointed by Mayor Faulconer to establish the City of San Diego’s new Performance & Analytics Department. Almis brings to the department over a decade of local as well as statewide policy and operational experience. He began his career evaluating and improving state government operations at the California State Auditor’s office and then continued as a health care policy consultant for the State Legislature. Almis then served as a key strategist to legislative leadership in negotiating a bi-partisan budget agreement with the Schwarzenegger Administration that included pension reform and a rainy day fund ballot initiative.
More recently, while serving in various advisory roles at the City, Almis has delivered results on issues including open data, water diversification, strategic planning, economic development, and infrastructure funding. Almis has been a guest lecturer and panelist and has a master’s degree in public policy from Pepperdine University, as well as a bachelor of arts degree with highest honors in international business and Spanish from Hillsdale College. He is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.