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Session Themes

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What’s Working Now
Getting Ready for Tomorrow
Practical Policy and Governance
Spotlight Sessions and Progress Reports

Session Formats

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Facilitated interactive discussion on the plenary stage with audience Q&A.


Classroom-style session with one-four subject matter experts, presentations or exercises and learning objectives.


Small, interactive roundtable discussion with up three subject matter experts who set the context and launch directly into a dialogue with participants.


Up to seven speakers seated in a semi-circle surrounded by participants. 5-7-minute presentations by each speaker with related themes.

Pressure Cooker

Up to six speakers around a table debating a timely issue. Moderator asks a series of five questions for the speakers to discuss and debate.


Presentations featuring data about pilot projects and technology implementation findings.

City Readiness Hub

Official from one mentor city with officials from up to two mentee cities discussing and sharing solutions to a common issue or challenge

Wednesday, October 2
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Opening Plenary
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Networking Break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Spotlight Sessionscity readiness hub
Digital Citizen Services – Successes and Failurespressure cooker
Smart for All: Access and Connectivity for Under-Resourced Communitiesstage
Next Gen Connectivity: Low Power, Mesh and 5G Masterclassinstitute
Innovative Models for Contracting and Procuring Digital Infrastructure (and how to make it work in your city)boardroom 1
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
The Real Time City — How Cities are Integrating Streaming Data, Advanced Analytics, AI and Citizen Engagement to Improve Well Beingstage
Smart Payment Practices – City Officials and Providers Share Their Findingslab
Building Smart Regions — Collaborating Across Boundaries (and how to make it work for your city and state)boardroom 1
The Water-Energy Nexus – Conserving Resources for Improved Efficiency and Service Deliveryagora
Spotlight Sessionscity readiness hub
1:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Mobile Workshops
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm