Recap: Innovation & Planning Workshop September 13 & 14

On September 13 and 14, 2016, Think Big Partners hosted its second Smart City Tech Summit in Kansas City, Missouri.  This version of the Summit focused on Innovation & Planning, and 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.

After an infrastructure walking tour the prior evening, the Summit kicked off the next day with a welcome from Kansas City Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett, who provided his Summit colleagues with his vision for a smarter city.  Kansas City’s City Manager Troy Schulte also headlined the morning, speaking not only to the smart city initiative, but to public-private partnerships in general and return on investment.

To demonstrate practical application, the Summit then utilized Kansas City’s current Smart and Connected Community initiative as a focal point and case study, providing participants with an in-depth, behind-the-scenes understanding of the project.  With the help of the City of Kansas City and the City’s partners, the Summit reviewed the project from original concept, through the evolution of the public-private partnership, to the official Phase One launch.  Participants heard from the project’s partners about their roles: Cisco, Sprint, World Wide Technologies, NetApp, Sensity Systems, Smart City Media (City Post), ECCO Select, Pinsight Media+, and Think Big Partners.  Participants also heard presentations from Smart City Tech Summit partners Hitachi, Oracle, Splunk, and Xaqt.

After presentations and a panel discussion about implementation challenges, Summit attendees participated in an open dialogue about smart city initiatives, their ultimate impact, and the largest challenges to successful implementation within their own organizations.  Some of the topics included data utilization, data privacy, financial models, and best practices for policies surrounding smart cities.  Participants also discussed long-term visions (i.e. 20 years in the future), unintended consequences, and scenarios if a smart city component were to break.

Ultimately, Smart City Tech Summit attendees walked away with a full understanding of how Kansas City structured and successfully launched its smart city initiative.  Participants also utilized the lessons learned from Kansas City’s implementation, both good and bad, to help inform conversations with their colleagues during the workshop portion of the Summit.  Satisfaction among the group was high, and, because of the overwhelmingly positive response, Think Big Partners plans to host another Smart City Tech Summit focused on Innovation & Planning on October 26th-27th in Kansas City for those who had conflicts or who are otherwise interested. Learn more.

Event Summary

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

4:30-6:15 pm – Smart City Experience Tour (Meet at Think Big)
6:30-8:30 pm – Welcome Dinner at Tom’s Town Distillery

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

8:00 am-6:30 pm – Smart City Planning & Innovation Workshop (at Think Big)

Innovation & Planning Workshop Attendees

  • Adams County, Colorado
  • Black & Veatch
  • Cisco
  • City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • City of Lenexa, Kansas
  • City of Louisville, Kentucky
  • City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • City of Olathe, Kansas
  • City of Overland Park, Kansas
  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • City of Sacramento, California
  • City of Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • City of Wichita, Kansas
  • Denver South Economic Development Partnership
  • ECCO Select
  • Hitachi Data Systems
  • IDC
  • Jackson County, Missouri
  • KC Digital Drive
  • Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Mosaic Life Care
  • NetApp
  • Oracle
  • Pinsight Media+
  • Sensity Systems
  • Smart Cities Council
  • Smart City Media (CityPost)
  • Splunk
  • Sprint
  • State of Kansas
  • Think Big Partners
  • Unified Government of Wyandotte County & Kansas City, Kansas
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • World Wide Technology
  • Xaqt

Thank you to our September Planning & Innovation Workshop Partners


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