Knight Smart Cities Forum

September 18 & 19, 2018 | #smartcities18 

The Study at University City, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia

Monday, Sept. 17:

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Registration open in lobby

Tuesday, Sept. 18:

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.: Breakfast (provided)

8:45 a.m.: Welcome

  • Alberto Ibargüen, President, Knight Foundation | @ibarguen

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: The Digital Transformation of Cities: Philadelphia’s Story

How can legacy institutions adapt and thrive in the digital age?

  • Alberto Ibargüen, President, Knight Foundation | @ibarguen
  • James Francis Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia | @JimFKenney‏

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.: Break

9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.: Knight’s Smart Cities Strategy

What does a people-centered Smart City look like, and why does it matter?

  • Lilian Coral, Director/National Strategy + Technology Innovation, Knight Foundation | @lcoral

9:50 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Beyond Definition: Approaching “Smart” with City Innovators

What do we need to build a common operating framework for the Smart City?

  • Moderator: Lilian Coral, Director/National Strategy + Technology Innovation, Knight Foundation | @lcoral
  • Speakers:
    • Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School | @scrawford
    • Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Former Chief Information Officer, City of Boston | @jfh
    • Debra Lam, Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech
    • Mark Wheeler, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Philadelphia | @Wheelmrk

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: A Roadmap for Resident-Driven Autonomous Vehicle Strategies

What approaches can get residents in the driver’s seat for the design, planning and delivery of this disruptive technology?

  • Moderator: Anthony Townsend, Author of “Smart Cities: Big data, civic hackers, and the quest for a new utopia” | @anthonymobile
  • Speakers:
    • Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit | @markdlv
    • Ashley Hand, Co-Founder, CityFi | @azhandkc
    • Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Jose | @SSantosham

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Ignite Talk: Transforming the Modern Urban University through Neighborhood Innovation

  • Keith Orris, Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations and Economic Development, Drexel University | @DrexelUniv

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Designing with and for Residents

Why should residents be at the center of Smart City building?

  • Moderator: Ellen Hwang, Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives, City of Philadelphia | @ellen_hwang_phl 
  • Speakers:
    • Antwi Akom, Director, Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Research Lab at University of California San Francisco and San Francisco State University; CEO, Streetwyze | @AntwiAkom
    • Paulette Brown-Hinds, Voice Media Ventures, Mapping Black California | @mygoldenstate
    • Rob Phocas, Sustainability Director, City of Charlotte | @ncgronk
    • Christopher Wink, Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of | @christopherwink

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:The Science of Academia and Engagement

How can research move beyond the laboratory and into the hands of residents?

  • Moderator: Andrew Buss, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Innovation Management, City of Philadelphia
  • Speakers:
    • Beth Blauer, Executive Director, The Center for Government Excellence (GovEx), Johns Hopkins University | @biblauer
    • Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation
    • Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Director of the Innovations in American Government Program, Harvard Kennedy School | @GoldsmithOnGov

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Finding a Winning Balance: City and Tech Collaborations

How can government and industry best work together to drive innovation and fulfill needs?

  • Moderator: Sam Gill, VP/Communities and Impact and Senior Adviser to the President, Knight Foundation | @thesamgill
  • Speakers:
    • Mrinalini (Lani) Ingram, Vice President, Verizon’s Smart Communities | @mrinalini101
    • Micah Sifry, Co-Founder and President, Civic Hall | @Mlsif

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Walking Tour of University City: Exploring Case Studies in Smart City Tools and Design

Tour assignments designated on badge.

  • Tour A: University City Science Center & ExCITe Center, 3401 Market Street | @excitecenter 
  • Tour B: Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden Street | @DornsifeCenter (shuttle provided)

6:00 p.m.: Reception

The Study at University City, 2nd Floor

Wednesday, Sept. 19

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast (provided)

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.: Welcome

  • Sam Gill, VP/Communities and Impact and Senior Adviser to the President, Knight Foundation | @thesamgill

9:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Interactive Workshop: Shaping the Smart City

What are strategies to develop local discourse and engagement around Smart Cities?

  • Beth Coleman, Professor of Experimental Digital Media and Director of the City as Platform Lab, University of Waterloo
  • John Harlow, Postdoctoral Scholar, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: From Talk to Action: Developing a Smart City Framework for Philanthropy

What operating assumptions should we hold to be true and how can public, private and philanthropic sectors collaborate to facilitate a resident-centered Smart City?

  • Moderator: Lilian Coral, Director/National Strategy + Technology Innovation, Knight Foundation | @lcoral
  • Speakers:
    • Molly Fowler, Senior Urban Strategist, Intersection Co. | @themollette
    • Brian Komar, Vice President, Community Engagement, 
    • Joel Nichols, Data Strategy and Evaluation Administrator, Free Library of Philadelphia | @joelanichols
    • Susanne Seitinger, Public Sector Marketing, Philips Lighting

12:00 p.m.: Departure (boxed lunch to go provided)