Agenda

A full-conference day featuring plenary sessions and concurrent tracks on key pillars of civic innovation.

8:00-9:00 am

Breakfast

9:00-10:20 am

Connected Cities (R)evolution: A Curator’s Panel (Plenary)

Ruthbea Clarke, Gordon Feller, Chelsea Collier

We examine where the Smart City conversation’s been and where it’s headed as we establish an insight-driven framework for the rest of the conference. A panel of practitioners will unite for a high-level view of the Smart City concept with a more detailed look at key factors, including the role of cities vs. countries, urban vs. rural areas and new models of decision-making and governance, particularly in the context of public/private partnerships.

10:20-10:40 am

Reception Break

10:40 am-12:30 pm

Utilities and Infrastructure As A Governing Model (Concurrent)

Andy Huckaba, John Burchett, Kevin Honomichl, Christopher Mitchell

Navigating the complexities of geographically defined political/municipal boundaries when deploying technology like fiber networks is no easy feat. Utility companies offer a model not just for implementation, but also for how we govern and think about infrastructure. This session will provide a closer look at this model, including how it enables governance, funding, and maintenance.

10:40 am-12:30 pm

Drafting a Digital City Playbook (Concurrent)

Andrew Rodgers, Bruce Clark, Lev Gonick, Dominic Papa

Technology projects tend to be more successful when they’re a piece of the larger puzzle, not just the sole emphasis. City leaders who have been there will draw from their real-world experiences to help you create a holistic, strategic plan that provides not only a foundation for planning and implementation, but also desirable outcomes. Even if new technology isn’t immediately on your city’s radar, now’s the time to have these conversations and plan for what’s ahead.

12:30-1:30 pm

Lunch

1:00-3:00 pm

Inspiration Theater

David Sandel

Small groups will gather in an intimate, workshop-oriented session to facilitate discussion, brainstorming and planning around a particular solution, innovation or idea. These sessions are also an ideal opportunity to examine any challenges that might be hindering a project and work together to identify possible solutions.

City Spotlight Sessions: City government officials and leaders will convene in smaller, workshop-style groups to share and discuss ideas, challenges and successes related to planned civic projects or existing implementations.

Metro Delegation Workshops: Small groups comprised of two to three metro delegations will gather for facilitated workshop time. Participants are encouraged to share details about some of the challenges they’re encountering and get recommendations, insight and fresh perspectives to keep projects moving forward.

3:20-4:40 pm

The Truth About Wired and Wireless (Concurrent)

Doug Hohulin, Amy Zents, Jim Baller, Mehan Jayasuriya

There’s long been debate about the potential of wireless networks driving their wired counterparts to obsolescence, yet they’re actually complementary technologies. In this session, join us to examine this notion and also provide practical considerations for wired and wireless infrastructure planning that can be used now and in the decades to come.

3:20-4:40 pm

How Cities Should Ask For Help: Managing the RFP Process (Concurrent)

Jeff Gavlinski, Allen Meyer

RFPs often play a fundamental role in fiber network projects, yet they can be overly broad—and that increases the likelihood of receiving a generic response to your request for proposal. Join us for insights to help cities better manage their requests in a way that more effectively covers the complete planning spectrum from holistic engineering needs to civic outcomes (and reduces the risk of receiving a cookie cutter feasibility study instead of what you a need: a specific project proposal).

4:50-5:30 pm

The Quest for a New Utopia: From Cybernetics to Smart Cities

Anthony Townsend

We live in a world defined by urbanization and digital ubiquity, where mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones, machines dominate a new “internet of things,” and more people live in cities than in the countryside. In his keynote address, noted urbanist and technology expert Dr. Anthony Townsend, author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for A New Utopia, takes a historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies from the rise of the great industrial cities of the nineteenth century to the present. Dr. Townsend will examine the way cities worldwide are deploying technology to address both the timeless challenges of government and the mounting problems posed by human settlements of previously unimaginable size and complexity.

5:30-7:00 pm

Opening Day Reception

7:30 pm

Community Connection Dinners

It can be easy to get lost at a conference and not make the connections you had hoped for. At the Gigabit City Summit, we strive to give delegates the time and venues to make that less of a problem. From a casual opening reception to small group dinners hosted by various organizations to themed happy hours we make it easy and comfortable for you to make the connections and have the conversations that bring extra value to you and your delegation.

A day of interaction with multiple content tracks and breakout sessions.

7:30-9:00 am

Gigabit 101 Breakfast Sponsored by Mozilla

While we enjoy the most important meal of the day, our friends at Mozilla will help attendees better understand the world of gigabit fiber. It can be a nebulous concept (and popular buzzword), but Mozilla will cut through the tech speak to help enhance your understanding of gigabit fiber and why it’s important.

9:00-10:00 am

The Soft Tissue of an Innovation Ecosystem (Plenary)

Karen Stephenson

Technology projects tend to focus on the physical—the equipment, the infrastructure, and the data; yet people and relationships play a critical role in planning and implementation. This session will help you build the social structures that will help you effectively leverage your physical infrastructure to produce outcomes. That includes identifying the right people for the project, then empowering them to use their energy and talents to make things happen.

10:10-11:30 am

The Aesthetics of the Smart City (Concurrent)

Dominique Davison, Tom Chapman, Bob Berkebile

How do you design for a technology-driven city in a way that also accounts for aesthetic considerations (now and in the future), not just efficiency and public safety? Gain insights to help determine what your technology implementation looks like, increasing the likelihood of long-term project success.

10:10-11:30 am

Tech-Driven Outcomes in Healthcare and Education (Concurrent)

Alex Camesas, Lindsey Frost

Education and healthcare are two industries that have seen a steady stream of technology applications—yet the results have largely underwhelmed. We will examine why, as well as how to manage these challenges in ways that offer valuable guidance that’s applicable across a variety of other industries.

11:00 am-3:00 pm

Community Exhibits

We don’t do the standard pipe and drape exhibit hall, and we don’t have the standard exhibitors, either. While we encourage our sponsors to showcase their products and services, we put great emphasis on how community organizations are meeting the challenge of both using ultra-high speed broadband and helping their constituents and stakeholders to take advantage of that technology. We don’t restrict our exhibits to just local programs, either. If you work with or for a community organization that is making a difference, we encourage you to contact us about being an exhibitor.

11:30 am-1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00-3:00 pm

Inspiration Theater

Small groups will gather in an intimate, workshop-oriented session to facilitate discussion, brainstorming and planning around a particular solution, innovation or idea. These sessions are also an ideal opportunity to examine any challenges that might be hindering a project and work together to identify possible solutions.

Metro Delegation Workshops: Small groups comprised of two to three metro delegations will gather for facilitated workshop time. Participants are encouraged to share details about some of the challenges they’re encountering and get recommendations, insight and fresh perspectives to keep projects moving forward.

City Spotlight Sessions: City government officials and leaders will convene in smaller, workshop-style groups to share and discuss ideas, challenges, and successes related to planned civic projects or existing implementations.

3:00-4:30 pm

Data, Privacy and IoT (Concurrent)

Jeannette Eicks, Tony Luppino, Chris Crosby, Bob Bennett, Elizabeth Reynoso

Policy continues to lag behind the rapid evolution of technology use and data collection, especially as the Internet of Things continues to grow in scope and functionality. We’ll guide you through various issues that cities should proactively consider, including public rights vs. private rights, privacy, responsibility and effective communication that improves the general population’s confidence in the technology and how it’s used.

3:00-4:30 pm

Tech & Equity: Opportunities in Rebuilding Infrastructure (Concurrent)

Harrison May, Denise Linn, Rachel Merlo, Angela Siefer, Mitsi Herrera

What began as a conversation around digital inclusion and ensuring infrastructure was efficiently and fairly deployed has, more recently, expanded into a conversation about digital equity. Position yourself to have thoughtful, productive conversations about both digital inclusion and digital equity with insight and tips from experts convening in Kansas City from across the globe.

4:45-6:30 pm

Emerging Models for Community Collaboration and Reception

Jase Wilson

As innovative technology implementations grow in cities throughout the U.S., many cities are opting to increase capacity through the creation of (or partnership with) civic and community organizations. Get a closer look at some of these organizations, including how they’re often better equipped to handle the technology infrastructure, innovation economy and social upheaval that results from changing technology. The speakers will also offer some practical considerations, including operational best practices and implementation, to position both cities and their partners for continued success.

7:30 pm

Community Connection Dinners

It can be easy to get lost at a conference and not make the connections you had hoped for. We try at the Gigabit City Summit to give delegates the time and venues to make that less of a problem. From a casual opening reception to small group dinners hosted by various organizations to themed happy hours, we make it easy and comfortable for you to make the connections and have the conversations that bring extra value to you and your delegation.

Enjoy half-day of guided tours around Kansas City’s top innovation sites, as well as City-Vendor Connect Work Sessions.

8:30-11:30 am

Community Tours

One of the most popular elements of the Summit, the Tech Tours take place on Thursday morning. This year we are planning at least three community tours, one around digital inclusion, another around the entrepreneurial ecosystem and co-working spaces, and a third that highlights some of the smart city infrastructure along the downtown streetcar corridor. Tours will end between 11:30 am and 1 pm with lunch provided. You’ll meet, see, and get to talk to not only the people running these programs but the people taking advantage of these opportunities.

11:30 am

Lunch

9:00 am-4:00 pm

City-Vendor Connect: Work Sessions with Next Century Cities

Your city delegation has questions, challenges, and ideas–and our vendors want to work with you to find answers and explore new possibilities. That’s why we’re excited that our partners at Next Century Cities will Host City-Vendor Connect on the final day of the Gigabit City Summit. This unique event will bring together cities looking for innovative partnerships to expand broadband access and vendors offering a variety of proposed solutions.

Next Century Cities Joins with KC Digital Drive to Host City-Vendor Connect Event on August 3, 2017

Networking Event Will Bring Together City Leaders and Vendors to Foster Innovative Partnerships

Registration is free. Please register by clicking on the link below. If you have any questions, please reach out to Deb Socia via email at deb@nextcenturycities.org.

Agenda from 2016

Agenda from 2015