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Smart cities use 21st-century internet of things technology to protect citizens, save money, modernize infrastructure and create new revenue opportunities. They can transform a city into a vibrant, world-class community that is globally competitive, safe and improves the quality of life for all citizens.

Smart City Tech Summit is an event network that focuses on different verticals within smart city development. Join municipal decision makers from across the globe to examine the social impact of these technologies through the lens of economic development, education and workforce development as attendees learn, experience and share best practices to implement their own smarter city.

Upcoming Events

Smart City Tech Summit | Public Safety

To Be Announced

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Kansas City, MO 64108

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Behind the Scenes: Public Safety Summit 2017

Patrick Woods, CISO Missouri State Highway Patrol and FBI’s CJIS Security and Access Subcommittee

Will Ash, Senior Director of Security Sales, Cisco Systems

Joel Cherkis High Performance Goverments Smart Cities

Joel Cherkis, Global Vice President of Infrastructure, Government, Education, and Health for Oracle’s Industries Solutions Group


Featured Keynote – Patrick Woods, Missouri Highway Patrol

Featured Keynote – Patrick Woods, Missouri Highway Patrol

Opening Keynote – Joel Cherkis, Oracle

Opening Keynote – Joel Cherkis, Oracle

Luncheon Keynote – Will Ash, Cisco Systems

Luncheon Keynote – Will Ash, Cisco Systems

Keynote Panelist – Justin Dickstein, Black & Veatch

Keynote Panelist – Justin Dickstein, Black & Veatch

Event Agenda

Smart City Tech Summit – Public Safety

October 18-19, 2017

Plexpod Westport Commons | Kansas City, MO
Powered by Think Big Partners

Day 1 - October 18, 2017

8:00 AM – 4:15PM

Registration Open
Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 – 8:30AM

Welcome Coffee Bar and Networking

8:30 – 9:10AM

Opening Session: Smart Cities Must Be Safe Cities – The Role of Smart Technologies, Big Data and How Communities Must Think About Modern Public Safety Challenges | Herb Sih, Think Big Partners and Bob Bennett, CIO of City of Kansas City, MO

10:20 – 10:40AM

Coffee Break

10:40 AM – 11:35 AM

Keynote Address: Behind the (Cyber) Scenes of One of The Nation’s Most Notable Law Enforcement Crisis Events | Patrick Woods, CISO Missouri State Highway Patrol and FBI’s CJIS Security and Access Subcommittee

11:40 AM – 1:10 PM

Lunch and Keynote Panel: Creating a Master Plan for a Smart City

Bob Bennett, CIO of City of Kansas City, MO
Justin Dickstein, Black & Veatch
Steve Wimsatt, Ruckus Wireless
Harshvardhan Barve, Johnson Controls
Moderator: Herb Sih, Think Big Partners

1:20 – 2:20 PM

Track 1

2:20 PM – 2:40 PM

Cookie Break

2:45 – 4:15 PM

Cutting-Edge Technology Showcase | An energetic series of 5-minute presentations from companies building next-generation and progressive smart city technologies.

4:15 – Evening

Conversations and Cocktails

Day 2 - October 19, 2017

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Registration Open
Exhibit Hall Open (closes at 5:00pm)

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Sunrise Fitness Challenge | A brisk walking tour of historic downtown KC (optional)

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Speed Networking Breakfast | Move Your Feet While You Eat, Meet and Greet

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Opening Keynote: High Performance Government: Smart Cities – Why Now? | Joel Cherkis, Global Vice President, Infrastructure, Education, Government, and Health, Oracle

9:35 – 10:05 AM

Facilitated Reverse Pitch: Government Edition | City leaders share their real-world safety and security problems to promote thoughtful discussion on possible solutions

10:05 – 10:35 AM

Collaboration Campfire | An orchestrated networking break that matches profiles of attendees to foster meaningful connections to advance your agenda

11:40 AM – 12:45 PM

Lunch and Keynote Address: Cisco IoT Threat Defense | Will Ash, Senior Director of Security Sales, Cisco Systems

1:50 – 2:10 PM

Energy Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Closing Session and Exhibit Hall

Hosted by

Do you have an emerging technology in the smart city public safety space? Apply to be a part of the Smart City Tech Summit: Public Safety Cutting-Edge Technology Showcase. APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, SEPT. 29

Cutting-Edge Technology Showcase: Apply Now

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Call (816) 842-5244 or Email scts@thinkbigpartners.com

 Who Should Attend

Government Officials, City Leaders & Smart City Project Managers

Learn how smart technologies can:

  • Reduce costs and complexities of public safety
  • Evaluate technologies to combat domestic terrorism and active shooter threats
  • Protect citizens from future incidents
  • Learn new best practices

Technology Providers

Take hold of the opportunity to:

  • Engage with today’s decision makers who are in public safety and security
  • Showcase the power of your technology solutions
  • Discover new customer security needs
  • Expand your network and develop new partnerships

Organizations With Security Needs

Schools and other high profile targets:

  • Find technology solutions to fit your unique needs
  • Share knowledge through cross industry collaboration
  • Understand new lessons learned from experts
  • Identify holes in your current security plan


Black & Veatch

Ruckus Wireless

Yellow Dog Networks

Regent Power

World Wide Technology

World Wide Technology



Archangel Cyber




Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls




Smart Cities Connect

Smart Cities Connect


Smart Cities Must Also Be Safe Cities

The role of smart technology in ensuring public safety has never been more important than today.

Smart City Tech Summit: Public Safety is an event that focuses on creating thought provoking conversations, delivering insights and developing a deeper understanding of the challenges that cities face when looking at advanced technologies and tactics to make sure cities remain safe, secure and prepared for the next unplanned crisis incident.

Attendees will learn from leading technologists about proven and emerging technologies that can prevent, detect or manage day-to-day safety and security and unplanned events like domestic terrorism, cyber-terrorism and natural disasters.  This is an opportunity to gain insights from other cities that have incorporated smart technologies for best practices and lessons learned. Meet companies from all facets of the public safety technology space, from emerging startups to established industry leaders, who have cutting-edge solutions on display for you to see, touch and even use during this event. Interact with other cities and large industrial users facing similar safety and security challenges and discuss strategies used to overcome them.

2015 Active Shooter Incidents. “It is important, too, that training & exercises include not only an understanding of the threats faced but also the risks & Options available in shooter incidents.” – U.S. Department of Justice/FBI, A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the US between 2000 & 2013.

 The Epicenter of

Smart City Development

Kansas City, Missouri will be the host city for this event, which is home to one of the world’s largest Smart and Connected City public-private partnership projects. Kansas City’s expertise will allow attendees to gain additional knowledge of smart city best practices, Internet of Things technology insights and experience.

This two-day event will feature world-class public safety and technology speakers and showcase leading technologies that will help you make your city, company or project safer and more secure. Learn about the roles that big data, predictive analytics and various hardware and software solutions can play in making your city smarter and safer.