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19 Oct 2021 – 21 Oct 2021

Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference and Expo 2021


Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center - 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745, Washington, DC, United States

Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo offers the most comprehensive conference, exposition and accelerator of smart city innovation in North America. It delivers premium networking and educational opportunities with a keen focus on city leaders and their priorities. Working closely with the technology community, they bring together the largest collection of intelligent systems providers for energy, infrastructure, networks, data management, urban mobility, citizen engagement and governance solutions.

Nokia is sponsoring the event with a booth, demos and participating or organizing the following panels:

Cyber Security for Cities

19 October 2021 - 14:25-15:00 EDT

Every CIO knows that when it comes to cybersecurity attacks, it’s a matter of when, not if. The stakes are especially high for the public sector, as securing interconnected digital systems is as critical to maintaining citizen/resident trust as it is to ensuring resilient city operations. In this panel experts focus on best practices on how to plan and prepare your organization with purpose-based cyber solutions.

  • Chelsea Collier, Editor-at-Large, Smart Cities Connect Media & Research (moderator)

  • Mike Allison, Head of Government and Cities, Nokia North America (speaker)

  • Mike Cannon, CTO, Stafford County Virginia (speaker)

  • Glen Gulyas, Chief Strategy Officer, Onclave Networks (speaker)

  • Joel Scharlat, Director of Operations, Cyber Bytes Foundation (speaker)  (@jscharlat)

A new approach for city wide digital transformation

21 October 2021 - 10:00-10:55 EDT

Smart cities offer the promise of greener, prosperous, more livable and safe communities for all of their citizens. Robust, proven technologies like 5G, Optical Networking, Industrial IOT and machine learning allow for the creation of intelligent and integrated city platforms that can provide a foundation for true city innovation. Smart cities and communities can benefit from a high-performance network foundation and robust city-grade platforms to bring together the intelligence within their smart city applications and services to fuel the continued economic and social growth of their city. Many cities, who are in the midst of their smart city transformation, are realizing that to capture the full benefits of their initiatives, a new and more cohesive approach is needed. In this session, we will review a few use cases on how to finance and operationalize this digital transformation.

  • Jason Kalkman, Principal Solutions Architect (PSA), Nokia Enterprise (moderator)

  • Mike Allison, Head of Government and Cities, Nokia North America (speaker)  (@smartcityc)

  • Shawn Parker, Vice President of Business Development & Government Affairs, SiFi Networks (speaker)

  • Avi Patwardhan, Managing Director, Jacobs Smart City Practice (speaker)

  • Larry Tittle, Founder and CEO, ClearWorld (speaker)