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CityLaunch offers over a dozen sessions featuring leading experts in topics like big data, small cell technology, clean tech, shared mobility, broadband, and more. Panels are geared toward all aspects of envisioning and implementing smart city principles and best practices. From new mobility to digital adoption and transformation, from digital equity to citizen engagement you’ll leave CityLaunch with an actionable roadmap for immediate deployment in your organization. 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.

CityLaunch 2019 - Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 10, 2019

3:00 PMRegistration Opens
Penny Lane
4:00 PMVIP Reception
The Edge
Open to invited guests only
5:00 PMWelcome Reception
The Edge
Join Exhibitors and Sponsors in a fun networking reception. Open to all conference attendees.

Monday, March 11, 2019

7:30 AMRegistration
Penny Lane
Breakfast with Exhibitors
The Edge
8:30 AMOpening Plenary Session - Welcome from Hosts
Legends 1-4

Jim Madaffer, Chairman, Connected Communities Collaborative
Nishal Mohan, President, mohuman
Kamran Saddique, Co-Executive Director, City Innovate
8:35 AMWelcome to San Diego
Todd Gloria, California State Assembly Majority Whip
8:40 AMKeynote: From Smart Cities to Cities that Dream
Peter Hirshberg, Principal, Maker City Project | Founder & Chairman, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts | Former Apple Executive
9:00 AMPlenary Panel 1: The Timeline for Digital Adoption
Legends 1-4

A diverse group of leaders will discuss national perspectives on the drivers of digital adoption and the future of smart and connected communities from the federal government to nonprofits to technology providers.

Moderator: Ben Levine, Executive Director, Metrolab Network

Michal Ziv-El, AAAS Science and Technology Fellow, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, National Science Foundation
Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Hardik Bhatt, Leader, Smart Cities & Mobility Business, Amazon Web Services, Former Chief Digital Officer and State CIO of Illinois
10:00 AMNetworking Break with Exhibitors
The Edge
10:30 AMPlenary Panel 2: Digital Transformation for Citizen Impact
Legends 1-4

This panel will explore the different perspectives and approaches underway to transform cities into smart and connected communities with advanced networking, data, IoT and AI that serve cities and their citizens.

Moderator: Amardeep Prashad, Director of Partnerships, City and County of San Francisco

Jay Nath, Former CIO of San Francisco, Co-Executive Director, City Innovate
Michael Sherwood, Director of Technology and Innovation, City of Las Vegas
11:30 AMNetworking Break with Exhibitors
The Edge
11:45 AMPlenary Panel 3: Smart City Strategic Roadmaps
Legends 1-4

This panel will explore the benefits of creating and the challenges of implementing city strategic roadmaps and plans.

Moderator: Scott Chadwick, City Manager, City of Carlsbad

Dennis Gakunga, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista
Bob Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer, Kansas City, Missouri
Tracy Colunga, Innovation Team Director, City of Long Beach
12:45 PMLunch with Keynote: Impacts of Smart and Connected Transportation
Legends 1-4
Ryan Snyder, Principal, Active Transportation, Transpo Group
2:00 PMBreakout Sessions: Elements of a Smart and Connected Community Strategic Plan
What Governments Need to Know About Creating Smart and Connected Community Roadmaps
Legends 5

Governments need roadmaps! This panel and discussion will explore the realities and practical steps for creating smart and connected roadmaps. It will address navigating inter-government coordination, best practices, budget, assets management and procurement, citizen engagement, and creating a sustainable plan.


Jim Madaffer
President and CEO, Madaffer Enterprises
Jeremy Ogul
Public Affairs Director, Madaffer Enterprises
Dennis Gakunga
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista
Bob Bennett
Chief Innovation Officer, Kansas City, Missouri
Mari Silbey
Director Communications, US Ignite
Scott Chadwick
Chief Operating Officer, City of Carlsbad
Promoting Digital Equity in Cities Through Citizen Engagement
Legends 6

This session will address creating a city roadmap that delivers digital equity through citizen engagement. It will explore the state of the digital divide, engagement challenges, tools, entrepreneurship, and partnerships for demographic specific engagement from city problem definition to implementation of a technology solution.


Nishal Mohan
President, mohuman
Deb Socia
Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Melanie Nutter
Principal, Nutter Consulting
Santiago Garces
Pittsburgh Department of Innovation
Debra Lam
Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech
Mike Contreras
General Manager of Public Sector, Topcoder
Daniel Kunin
Chair, Flint Smart City Initiative & Founder, Swiftlet Technology
Learn how open innovation models and smart city deployments are helping address community challenges
Encore 3

After introductory remarks from Henry Chesbrough, the pioneer of open innovation, attendees will discuss the effectiveness of different open innovation models. During the second half of the workshop we’ll hear from over a dozen government leaders on their lessons learned from deploying smart city technologies.


Henry Chesbrough
Professor and Executive Director at the Center for Open Innovation at UC Berkeley, author Open Innovation: The new imperative for creating and profiting from technology
Jay Nath
Executive Director, City Innovate
Keith B. Jones
Managing Partner and Owner, Ace Parking
Almis Udrys
Office of the Mayor of San Diego
3:00 PMNetworking Break with Exhibitors
The Edge
3:30 PMContinuation of Breakout Sessions 1, 2 and 3: Elements of a Smart and Connected Community Strategic Plan
4:30 PMVendor Expo
The Edge
5:30 PMCityLaunch Smart City Blueprint Awards
The Edge

CityLaunch will host a sponsored reception to feature invigorating lightning talks from the finalists of the inaugural Smart City Blueprint Awards. Awards will be presented to cities with the best in class smart city strategic plans and initiatives.

Smart City Blueprint Awards 2019 Finalists:
City of Chula Vista
City of Las Vegas
City of San Diego
City of Pismo Beach

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

7:30 AMRegistration Available
Penny Lane

Breakfast with Exhibitors
The Edge
8:30 AMOpening Plenary Session
Legends 1-4
8:35 AMSpecial Announcements
City of San Diego Startup In Residence Program
Leah Rowell Wiggs, Program Director, Startup In Residence at City Innovate
Erik Caldwell, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of San Diego

Connected Communities Collaborative Launch and Purpose
Jim Madaffer, Chairman, Connected Communities Collaborative
9:00 AMPlenary Panel 4: The Holy Grail of Smart Cities: Digital Equity through Citizen Engagement and Entrepreneurship
Legends 1-4

The nations digital equity leaders will discuss national perspectives on digital equity and the digital divide ranging from access to broadband to inclusive citizen engagement and technology adoption, to entrepreneurship and economic development with governments.

Moderator: Nishal Mohan, President, mohuman

Debra Lam, Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech
Rondella Hawkins, Telecommunications and Regulatory Officer, City of Austin
Chandra Ward, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Melissa Medina, Congressional App Challenge
10:00 AMNetworking Break with Exhibitors
The Edge
10:30 AMPlenary Panel 5: Smart and Connected Megaregions
Legends 1-4

This panel will explore the evolution from smart city to smart regional approaches for digital transformation and economic development. Our case study will feature a megaregional initiative with leaders who will share their efforts, successes, challenges and lessons learned in creating a smart region.

Moderator: Rhonda Binda, Co-Founder, Venture Smarter and Executive Director, Smart Regions Initiative

Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego
Gary Halbert, City Manager, City of Chula Vista
David Graham, Chief Innovation Office, City of Carlsbad
Steph Stoppenhagen, Director of Business Development for Connected Communities, Black & Veatch
11:30 AMWrap-Up Session: First Responder Drone Program, City of Chula Vista
Legends 1-4

Get a glimpse of the future of public safety in this closing presentation. The City of Chula Vista has the only police department currently authorized by the FAA to use drones as first responders. Police officials will explain the challenges and benefits of deploying drones in response to 9-1-1 calls.

Mayor Mary Salas, City of Chula Vista
Chief Roxana Kennedy, Chula Vista Police Department
Captain Vern Sallee, Chula Vista Police Department
Lieutenant Chris Kelley, Chula Vista Police Department
Fritz Reber, CAPE

11:50 AMClosing Remarks, CityLaunch 2020, Adjourn the 2019 CityLaunch Conference

Jim Madaffer, Chairman, Connected Communities Collaborative

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