Big Data is My Co-Pilot – The Role of Data in Designing Modern Transportation and Mobility Solutions for the 21st Century (includes Autonomous Vehicles and other Public Transit)

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Session II, Track A: 1:20-2:20 PM


The next major revolution in transportation is coming, but is your city ready to deal with all the data it will generate? The rapid progress of transportation and mobility technologies (to include autonomous vehicles, smart traffic lights, etc.) and increasing rate of deployment of connected infrastructure components will create numerous opportunities to make our transportation systems more efficient and effective. This session will explore ways your city can leverage big data to both enable the deployment of next generation transportation technologies and ensure they provide maximum benefit.


Mike Grigsby

CIO, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

Mike currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), providing strategic vision and leadership for information technology operations. The KCATA provides regional transit service in a bi-state area across seven counties and 119 municipalities.

A veteran of both military and law enforcement, a former business owner and corporate executive, Mike’s broad range of knowledge and experience provides him with a unique perspective and approach, allowing him to identify and implement solutions across a broad spectrum of resources and disciplines.

Mike serves as a member of the Kansas City Smart City Advisory Board and State of Missouri Cybersecurity Task Force. He is deeply committed to leveraging emergent technologies like Internet of Things, Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Roadways, and Integrated Communication Systems, to promote better services and enhance user experience. He is a public advocate addressing Civic Technology, Smart City Solutions, Public Safety Technology, and Transit Services.

In addition to his duties with the KCATA, Mike is a frequent lecturer and organizational development consultant. He has instructed courses at the US Army Command and General Staff College, Abilene Christian University, and Texas State Technical College. He has consulted with numerous corporations including Wal-Mart, General Dynamics, Sun Financial Systems, Schlumberger South America, Arvin-Meritor, Haliburton, National American University, and VNU Media. Mike has been a keynote speaker for numerous events throughout the United States and abroad on a variety of subjects including Information Technology, Leadership, Organizational Development, and Professional and Personal Growth. Mike resides in Kansas City with his family.

Hunter Johnston

Vice President of Transportation & Mobility, Think Big Partners

Hunter Johnston serves as Vice President of Transportation and Mobility for Think Big Partners. In this role he works with clients and partners to develop mobility strategy and roadmaps that help create novel approaches to the mobility problems facing cities . His team leverages cutting- edge technologies like autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, and big data to develop new consumer services that enhance the lives of citizens.  

Prior to his role at Think Big Partners, Hunter worked for Tesla Motors. There he led teams charged with establishing the brand’s market presence in the Midwest by strategically cultivating new markets for expansion and gained extensive knowledge of alternative fuel vehicles and self-driving car technology.

Wes Geisenberger

Public Sector Citizen Experience, Oracle

Wes Geisenberger is a Public Sector Account Manager for Oracle. In this role he consults local public sector agencies on all aspects of citizen experience and interaction to create positive citizen outcomes. He helps several government organizations leverage technology surrounding Service, Outreach, Policy Automation, Knowledge/Content Tools, Social Media, and Data Management.

Wes takes pride in driving innovation and enacting change around Open Government, Community/Economic Development, Smart City Projects, and Improved Citizen Experiences.


Wes graduated from George Mason University with degrees in Government & International politics, Islamic Studies, Economics and History. In his spare time, he plays competitive Ultimate Frisbee.