Smart Cities Must Be Safe Cities – The Role of Smart Technologies, Big Data and How Communities Must Think About Modern Public Safety Challenges

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Opening Session | 8:30-9:10 AM


Today’s modern smart city is more than just technology. It is about raising a standard of living for all citizens and public safety is paramount as a foundation to that experience. In fact, without public safety, a smart city does not matter. People must feel safe, secure and the quality of life must be preserved for a person to be able to enjoy the benefits of technology in a smart city.

During this session, we will discuss the state of the industry to reflect the current needs and concerns of public safety. Bob Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, will joins us for a fireside chat to discuss the emerging role that cities can play in developing a safe smart city and the challenges that occur in a dynamic, ever-changing urban environment. We will gain an understanding of both lessons learned from a smart city leader and future vision for a safe smart city.  


Bob Bennett

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Bob Bennett became the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in January 2016. Bob is responsible for making Kansas City a Smart City through effective use of technology that improves citizen experiences in the City. Bob leads the implementation of public WiFi projects, digital kiosk installation and smart lighting programs in the public spaces; in these efforts he works to make technology work for citizens and enhance their experience downtown. In the internal business operations focus area, he is working to digitize city processes, improve data-enhanced decision making and make city hall more efficient. A 25-year veteran of the US Army as both a senior troop commander and policy-level strategic planner, Bob has extensive experience working with big data and digital decision support systems.

Herb Sih Co-founder and Managing Partner Think Big Partners

Herb Sih

Managing Partner, Think Big Partners

Herb Sih is Managing Partner of Think Big Partners. Think Big is a highly specialized professional services firm located in Kansas City, Missouri that helps cities, large companies and startups accelerate growth by creating innovation partnerships, commercializing technologies and fueling entrepreneur-led economic development through programs, events and work spaces. 

Think Big has a trusted network of innovation partners that work together to solve global urbanization problems while also revitalizing local economies through the reinvention of established industries. Think Big’s goal is to help accelerate success, create jobs and develop a network powered by intellectual capital and disciplined execution that can change the world. 

Prior to Think Big, Herb was in the investment industry for 14 years. He has also been on the executive team for several technology companies and is a successful entrepreneur. Prior to his business career, Herb was a helicopter pilot in the United States Army. Herb is an active board member for several businesses, civic and social impact organizations.