Recap: Innovation & Planning Workshop October 26 & 27

On October 26th and 27th, Think Big Partners hosted its third Smart City Tech Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, and its second focused on Innovation & Planning. Think Big gathered municipal, county, and state leaders from across the country to discuss how smart communities can use 21st-century Internet of Things technology to better the lives of their residents. Participants examined the social impact of these technologies through the lens of economic development, education, and workforce development, and discussed how to improve quality of life by making their communities more vibrant, globally competitive, and safe.

This version of the Summit began with an overview from Think Big’s leaders on the broad goals and guiding vision that Kansas City utilized to build the “World’s Largest Smart and Connected City”, before turning the presentation over to City Manager Troy Schulte. The Manager described in detail how Kansas City is utilizing its Smart City investment to “expand the capacity of existing resources” in order to better provide services to its residents. He also detailed the City’s return on investment, including revenue, cost savings, operational efficiency savings, and “implicit returns” like data mining and analytics. The session ended with attendees drafting their own Smart City roadmap and multi-stakeholder ROI scorecards, building on the themes of the afternoon. The themes included issues like economic growth, doing more with less, public safety, modernizing existing technology, and internal culture change.

Day two of the Summit started with Kansas City Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett, who highlighted each partner included in the City’s initiative, as well as their various roles in the ecosystem. Attendees then heard from Smart City Tech Summit partners Cisco, Sprint, and Xaqt, as well as University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law professor Tony Luppino. The panel described the data flowing off the deployed infrastructure, and reviewed both the potential applications and the potential policy questions associated with that data.

In the afternoon session of day two, participants heard from a panel of Kansas City’s Smart City partners, moderated by Think Big Partners and featuring World Wide Technologies, Smart City Media, Sprint, Sensity Systems, and ECCO Select. Panelists further detailed their organizations’ roles, and drove down into implementation challenges associated with the initiative. The Summit then featured breakout sessions and presentations from partners Sprint, Hitachi, Oracle, Xaqt, Sensity Systems, Splunk, and World Wide Technologies on their Smart City Solutions. The Summit wrapped up day two by returning to participants’ draft ROI scorecard and ROI analysis facilitated by Think Big. Think Big also guided participants through development of a 90-day Smart City plan to take home to their own communities.

Ultimately, Smart City Tech Summit attendees walked away with a full understanding of how Kansas City structured and implemented its Smart City initiative, a broader understanding of the ecosystem of existing Smart City technologies, and a detailed analysis of their own ecosystems to take back to their communities. Similar to the first Planning and Innovation workshop, satisfaction among the group was high and Think Big plans future Smart City Tech Summit events. Stay tuned!

Event Summary

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

12:00-5:30 pm – Smart City Planning & Innovation Workshop (at Think Big)
5:45-6:15 pm – Streetcar Tour: An Economic Development Success Story Enabled by the Smart City (Meet at Think Big)
6:15-8:00 pm – Welcome Dinner with Smart City Leaders at Michael Smith

Thursday, October 27, 2016

9:00 am-4:30 pm – Smart City Planning & Innovation Workshop (at Think Big)

Innovation & Planning Workshop Attendees

  • Sprint
  • Sensity
  • Bitlab
  • Streetline
  • Hitachi
  • Kansas City Economic Development Corporation
  • Black & Veatch
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • ECCO Select
  • World Wide Technology
  • Pinsight Media
  • Xaqt
  • Cisco
  • Oracle
  • City Post
  • Splunk
  • City of Charleston, South Carolina
  • City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Southern Company
  • Alabama Power
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • City of LIncoln, Nebraska
  • City of Hartford, Connecticut
  • CBB Traffic
  • State of Kansas
  • City of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Smart Cities Council
  • City St. Charles, Missouri
  • DuraComm Lighting  
  • Intelag
  • UVAX
  • City of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
  • St. Louis East-West Council of Governments
  • City of Olathe, Kansas
  • City of Los Angeles, California
  • City of St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Missouri Department of Transportation

Thank you to our October Innovation & Planning Workshop Partners

Smart City Tech Summit: Innovation & Planning Workshop Partners

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