Event Details

Smart Regions Congress Event Brief - Updated 2/13/2018

Event Overview:

At the Smart Regions Congress leaders will convene from around the country at all levels of government to have a high level discussion highlighting successful and active efforts, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to build smart regions. The event is presented by Venture Smarter as a part of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative.

Thursday, February 15th, 2018:

  • 3:00pm Event Start

  • 7:00pm Event Close

Detailed Agenda:

  • 3:00pm: Welcome, Introductions and Speakers (Rhonda Binda, Venture Smarter)

    • 3:00: Introduction (Zack Huhn, Venture Smarter)

    • 3:05: TJ Costello (Cisco North America)

    • 3:10: Chief of Police Tom Synan (Newtown, OH)

    • 3:15: Jake Rishavy (Colorado Smart Cities Alliance)

    • 3:20: Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA 13)

    • 3:30: Bob Bennett (CIO, Kansas City, MO)

    • 3:35: Commerce Secretary Esther Lee (The Commonwealth of Virginia)

    • 3:45: Under Secretary Andre Hentz (Dept of Homeland Security Science & Tech)

    • 3:55: Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (Federal Communication Commission)

  • 4:05pm: Smart Regions Announcements (Venture Smarter and Friends)

  • 4:15: BREAK (10 Minutes, Complimentary Refreshments Available)

  • 4:25pm Panel: Connectivity and Security in Smart Regions

    • Moderator: Mitchell Kominsky

    • Panelists: TJ Costello, Andre Hentz, Bob Bennett

  • 5:10: BREAK (5 Minutes, Change Panels, Refreshments Available)

  • 5:15pm Panel: Intelligent Transportation and Infrastructure Planning

    • Moderator: Zack Huhn

    • Panelists: Thea Walsh, Robyn Bancroft, Jason Goldman, Gabe Klein

  • 6:00pm: Media Reception Hosted By Rhonda Binda

  • 7:00pm: Event Close

Media Partners:

  • Smart Cities Dive

  • Scoop Media Group (StateScoop, FedScoop, CyberScoop)

  • Invited: Politico, Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill, DC Inno

General Event Details:

  • At The National Press Club (13th floor of the National Press Building)

  • In the Holeman Lounge (moved to accommodate event and reception)

  • Garage and street parking available, near multiple metro lines

  • Address: 529 14th Street NW, Washington DC, 20045

Reception Details:

  • Media Interviews may be scheduled

  • Attendee and Participant Networking

  • Passed horderves

  • Full bar (drink tickets included with registration)

  • Step and Repeat Photo Banner Area


* PREVIEW TOPICS IN THE LATEST BLOG POST - 5 topics that leaders will discuss at the Smart Regions Congress in DC


Technology and Policy - Beyond City Limits

Working together to build smart cities and regions rooted in connectivity, mobility, security, and sustainability

Speakers and forum leaders will explore success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to build smart cities and regions that put people first. Interoperable technologies, evolving policies, dynamic project funding, and collaborative partnerships are required to build the future that uses technology as a tool to improve people's lives - and in doing so, optimizes or replaces outdated government systems and infrastructure.

Smart Regions aim to solve our most pressing regional needs, from defeating the digital divide to enhancing transportation systems and infrastructure. They are built to enhance the quality of life for all people, regardless of socioeconomic or geographical barriers. Smart Regions boost social mobility and catalyze economic development in urban, suburban, and rural cores.


- The White House Office of Management and Budget

- The United States Congress Caucus on Smart Cities

- United States Department of Transportation

- United States Department of State

- National Institute of Standards and Technology

- Department of Homeland Security

- Several COGs and MPOs from Denver to Cincinnati to DC

- The Data Coalition

- Washington DC Economic Partnership

- Elected officials from The Congress and Senate

Questions? (e) [email protected]


Collaboration drives smart city success stories. In 2016 Venture Smarter launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives to support smart city technology and policy collaborations that reach beyond municipal boundaries aimed at empowering leaders to pursue regionalized growth. Working with Metropolitan Planning Organizations, city, county, and state leaders, and academic and industry partners, the Smart Regions effort focuses on building public-private-partnerships that promote interoperable and secure smart growth as leaders leverage advances in technology and the Internet of Things to optimize or altogether replace outdated systems and infrastructure. Ultimately, Smart Regions and related collaborations help leaders create better places to live, work, and visit while deploying solutions that alleviate, not burden already strained municipal budgets.

These efforts require technology and planning process standards, engagement with community groups and stakeholders across sectors, and control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Of course, they also require political and bureaucratical support, creative financing, and clear plans aimed at measurable goals and outcomes. (Ask us about The Guide to the Technology and Process to Build A Smart City and Smart Region.)

  • When: Thu Feb. 15
    3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Address: 529 14th Street NW
    Washington DC,US

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