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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


Speakers & Agenda

Smart Cities Week will feature dynamic speakers from across the smart city ecosystem.

Wednesday, October 2
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Morning Plenary – Keynote Address: Introduction to Smarter Cities 2025 and Hyperconnected Cities; Fireside Chat: Building Smart Regions – Collaborating Across Boundaries (and how to make it work for your city and state)
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Networking Break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Spotlight Sessionscity readiness hub
Smart for All: Access and Connectivity for Under-Resourced Communitiesboardroom 1
Switching on Darwin – Smart Cities from the Top End of Australialab
The Smart State: Collaboration and Innovation in the Commonwealth of Virginiastage
Building Resilience into Communities Impacted by Natural Disasterboardroom 2
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
The Resilient Water Utility of the Futureagora
City Readiness Hub: Seat Pleasant, MD & Montgomery, ALcity readiness hub
Top Five Strategies for Ensuring that your Smart City is Secureboardroom 1
The Smart and Connected Built Environment (and How to Make it a Reality)institute
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Workshop: Creating Civic Data Governance Practices in Your City, Region or State
2:30 pm - 2:30 pm
General Sessions Adjourn
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mobile Workshop: Anacostia River Boat Tour
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop: Financing 3.0—Making Your Smart City Project a Reality with Federal, State, Local, Private and Crowd-Sourced Resources