Webinar Archive

Smart Disruptors: Re-imagining American Cities

Zencity co-hosts a special webinar with Denise Linn Riedl, CIO of South Bend, Indiana. This session focuses on the acute needs and challenges that CIOs have faced since the COVID-19 outbreak. Denise shares strategic solutions and discuss how her role has changed throughout this challenging time.

  • David Denker, Customer Success Manager, ZenCity (moderator)
  • Denise Linn Riedl, Chief Innovation Officer, City of South Bend, IN

Smart Disruptors: Re-imagining American Cities

When it comes to smart cities, disruption can take on several meanings. From a tech perspective, it’s about innovation. But from a public sector perspective, disruption is more about doing things differently, which can often mean bringing in new people, new perspectives and new processes. Listen as these smart city leaders talk about how they are disrupting, lessons learned and advice for the future.

Chelsea Collier, Editor-at-Large, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research (moderator)

Jordan Davis, Director Smart Columbus, Columbus Partnership
Christine Galib, Senior Director, Accelerator Programs, Director, The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator
Kimberly LaGrue, Chief Information Officer, City of New Orleans
Patricia Zullo, Senior Director, Smart City Solutions, Spectrum Enterprise

An Integrated Approach to Smart Streetlight Deployment & Management: Lessons Learned from Chicago, London & More

Smart streetlight deployments require full lifecycle management of networked lighting controllers across multiple organizations and platforms. Taking an integrated approach allows cities and utilities to connect the full supply chain of smart nodes, compress installation schedules, accelerate benefits to communities, ensure data integrity across back-office systems and enhance operational efficiency for ongoing system management. If you are considering or in the planning stages of a smart streetlight initiative, this session will help you prepare for what’s next with insight from smart streetlight deployments, including best-practices and lessons learned from leading practitioners at Sustainable Urban Strategies, TerraGo Technologies, and Urban Control.

Bob Borzillo, President, Sustainable Urban Strategies
Bob Borzillo is a recognized industry leader who has been at the forefront of the smart cities movement with a tenure marked by the successful delivery of groundbreaking technology solutions. Formerly the Vice President of Smart Cities for Itron and a partner in several startups, he possesses over 30 years of experience in managing utility technology solutions.

Dave Basil, President & CEO, TerraGo Technologies
Dave Basil has more than 30 years of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur with a track record of building innovative, high-growth, market-leading software companies. He previously held senior executive positions at RedCloud Security (acquired by Avigilon), Metron Aviation (acquired by Airbus), ERA (acquired by SRA International), MainControl (acquired by MRO Software), and General Electric.

Witek Wojas, Operations Director, Urban Control
Witek Wojas is an expert at delivering successful smart city IoT outcomes. He is focused on achieving digital transformation of urban environments with innovative solutions tailored to the unique needs of municipalities. He advocates for improving the lives of citizens and the environment with the introduction of disruptive new technologies.

Maximizing The Lifecycle of Your Pavement, Bridges, and Right-of-Way Assets

Join Pitney Bowes and Aberdeenshire Council as we explore how government agencies and authorities maximize the impact of every asset through effective and proactive management strategies.

Learn directly from how Aberdeenshire Council in the UK leverages intelligent infrastructure management to better coordinate and manage their pavement and right-of-way assets as they look toward how Internet of Things (IoT) may be used to streamline and pre-empt ongoing asset management and maintenance in the future.

August 22, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT

Powering Sustainable Cities: NRG Energy and City Leaders Discuss Key Trends and Pathways to Success

Public sector professionals are working to achieve ambitious sustainable energy goals at the community scale during a time of massive change in the power sector. With perspective from moderator Dylan Siegler, Sustainability Expert at NRG Energy, panelists from next-gen-energy cities share their supply-side power secrets — from PPAs to batteries to virtual power plants — interpret key trends, and map the landscape for cities starting their sustainable energy journeys.

1:30-2:30 PM CT

  • Dylan Siegler, Sustainability Specialist, NRG Energy
  • Garrett Wong, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Climate and Energy, City of Santa Monica, California
  • Yael Gichon, Energy Strategist, City of Boulder, Colorado
  • Zach Baumer, Climate Program Manager, City of Austin, Texas

Beyond the Bulb: How Smart Outdoor Lighting Drives Smarter Grids and Cities

The humble streetlight has come a long way, creating new opportunities for utilities, cities and the public. This webinar will provide a look at how outdoor lighting can act as a hub for smart metering, smart grid, and smart city solutions.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

12:30-1:30 PM CDT

About the Speaker:

Charlie Nobles is the Marketing Director for Network Lighting Solutions at Sensus, a Xylem brand. Sensus helps a wide range of public service providers—from utilities to cities to industrial complexes and campuses—do more with their infrastructure to improve quality of life in their communities.


Startups That Work: What It Takes To Win Business With Smart Cities

Join us for a conversation with the three Smart Cities Startup Challenge finalists: Smarter Sorting, Tolemi, and SPLT. We’ll discuss:

– the unique role of startups in smart cities,
– advice for startups looking to work with cities,
– important partnerships and lessons learned, and
– next steps for the young companies and current challenges

Learn with us, and bring your questions!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

2:00-3:00 PM CDT

  • Chelsea Collier, Editor-At-Large, Smart Cities Connect
  • Barak Epstein, Co-Founder, SmartAustin
  • Andrew Kieve, Co-Founder, Tolemi
  • Anya Babbitt, Founder and CEO, SPLT
  • Charlie Vallely, Smarter Sorting

Solutions for the Future: How Three Companies Pave the Way for Smart Communities

Join us to learn more about three companies with a vision for the future of the smart city and a solution to get us closer. All three guest panelists will speak at Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo in June; so catch them ahead of time as they dish about driving solution priorities, ideal partners, innovation, and the work they’re doing behind the scenes.

June 6, 2017

2:00-3:00 PM CDT

  • Laura Benold, Managing Editor, Smart Cities Connect
  • Rich Erb, Executive Director, Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
  • Geo George, Senior Manager State & Local, Salesforce
  • Micah Kotch, Managing Director Urban-X / MINI Business Innovation, Urban-X
  • Randolph Wheatley, Vice President of Product Marketing, Sensus

Research Made Real: How University Partnerships Make Us Smarter

Join us for a discussion of the dynamic interplay between city and university for the advancement of smart technology. In some of the most progressive smart cities, this partnership leverages the best that each has to offer: institutional research and a test bed to bring those ideas to life.

May 18, 2017

1:00-2:00 PM CDT

  • Laura Benold, Managing Editor, Smart Cities Connect
  • Alec Manfre, CEO, Bractlet
  • Ben Levine, Executive Director, MetroLab Network
  • Debra Lam, Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology; former Chief of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh

Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Program Information Session

Join The PAWR Project Office to learn more:

  • Details about the recently released Request for Proposals, the PAWR program, and key dates
  • Technical focus areas for the emerging solutions that PAWR seeks to support
  • Research goals for advanced wireless use cases
  • PAWR Project Office’s role and organization during project selection and project execution

May 9, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM CDT

  • Laura Benold, Managing Editor, Smart Cities Connect
  • Bill Maguire, US Ignite; Founder, Connected Communities Consulting LLC
  • Kaushik Chowdhury, Associate Professor, Northeastern University; PAWR Project Office Academic Outreach Director

The State of Cities: How Does Statewide Policy Affect Smart Cities?

State policy can have a profound impact on smart cities by influencing priorities, establishing advanced infrastructure, and emphasizing regional initiatives that cross municipal boundaries. In Indiana, the state’s Technology and Innovation Council has a pulse on innovation and believes that IoT could accelerate the state’s innovation economy over the coming years.

Learn more about how they got started, the challenges they’ve faced, and how they persevere toward a smarter future as a state.

April 20, 2017
1:00-2:00 PM CDT

  • Chelsea Collier, Editor-At-Large, Smart Cities Connect
  • Mark Lawrance, Vice President of Engagement and Innovation Policy at Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and Director of the Chamber’s Technology and Innovation Council
  • John McDonald, CEO of ClearObject, Chair of State Chamber Technology and Innovation Council, and President-Elect of Venture Club
  • Lauren Riga, Associate Faculty Member, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

The Power of Regional Smart City Partnership

Join us along with leaders from the City of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista who will share how their regional partnership and collaboration on smart city initiatives enriches both of their communities.
Leaders David Graham and Dennis Gakunga will discuss current and future smart city projects in their specific cities, how they have rallied community and internal city support for smart city pilots and projects, and how they are actively working to expand their smart city initiatives to a regional scale.

March 21, 2017
2:00-3:00 PM CDT

  • Chelsea Collier, Editor-At-Large, Smart Cities Connect
  • David Graham, Deputy Chief Operations Officer, City of San Diego, California
  • Dennis Gakunga, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista, California
  • Jason Anderson, President, Cleantech San Diego


Getting Smart on Gigabit: How Applications Impact Communities

Join us along with leaders from the Smart Gigabit Communities of Phoenix and Lafayette who will share some of the smart gigabit applications they have in place, the impact of applications on citizens, and how the support of a community ecosystem affects success. Also joining will be a representative from US Ignite who will share insights on what it means to be a Smart Gigabit Community and the broad impacts of applications work across the country.

February 21, 2017
1:00-2:00 PM CST

  • Chelsea Collier, Editor-At-Large, Smart Cities Connect
  • Dominic Papa, Executive Director, Institute for Digital Progress, located in Phoenix
  • Dr. Michael Dunaway, Institute Director, National Incident Management and Advanced Technologies (NIMSAT), University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Scott Turnbull, Technical Leader for Smart Gigabit Communities, US Ignite


Getting Smart on Gigabit: The Community Ecosystem

Join us along with leaders from the Smart Gigabit Communities of Chattanooga and Albuquerque who will share how they are fostering local innovation ecosystems to support sustainable gigabit applications development that use next generation internet technologies for smarter cities.

Also joining will be a representative from US Ignite who will share insights on what it means to be a smart gigabit community and how cities around the country are getting started.

January 19, 2017
1:00-2:00 PM CST

  • Chelsea Collier, Editor-At-Large, Smart Cities Connect
  • Dr. Nishal Mohan, National Community Leader, US Ignite
  • Peter Ambs, Chief Information Officer, City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Ken Hays, CEO, The Enterprise Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee


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