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7:15 am – 9:15 am – Busses running from Sheraton Crown Center to Plexpod Westport Commons

7:30 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast Downstairs in the Westport Room

7:45 – 8:450am



Lindsey Frost, Mehan Jayasuriya

Gigabit 101 and Internet Health

Mozilla fuels a movement for a healthier internet. Through programs like the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund and the NSF-WINS Challenges, we’re working towards an internet that’s more accessible, inclusive, decentralized, and secure. Join us to learn more about how your city can become part of the Internet Health movement  and – most importantly – to meet and mingle over breakfast.

9:00 – 9:40am


Medallion Theater

Karen Stephenson

The Soft Tissue of an Innovation Ecosystem

Dr. Karen Stephenson (NetForm International specializing in social network analysis) will be presenting the results of the KC Connector Project–a unique effort to recognize, support and connect the many people doing great things in our community to further the education of our young people and/or develop a supportive community for entrepreneurs and new businesses!

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The project aims to generate an exciting community conversation that explores different models of leadership by identifying and celebrating key community members that make things happen. Come learn more and join us in a community conversation. This project, conducted in collaboration with Jocelyne Helbling (Emergent Visual Analytics, LLC) and Edith Gummer (Director of DataStrategy at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University) is sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

9:40 – 9:50am

Medallion Theater

Herb Sih

Launch of Kansas City Living Lab

The Kansas City Living Lab is intended to be the mechanism by which entrepreneurs, innovators and corporate partners can engage with the City of Kansas City, Mo. to develop new services and data applications across the city’s smart city infrastructure.

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Think Big Partners, a Kansas City-based incubator, accelerator, coworking space and smart city think tank, leads this effort that makes Cisco’s local data lake publicly available for the first time. Herb will conduct a more in-depth session on the Lab’s mechanics in an afternoon session.

10:00 am-11:30 am

Medallion Theater

Bob Berkebile, Robb Drinkwater, Dominique Davison, Tom Chapman

The Aesthetics of the Smart City

It’s easy to get sucked into the virtual aspects of the digital city or to think of buried vs aerial fiber as the key aesthetic concern in next generation infrastructure, but virtualization notwithstanding, cities will exist as physical places with real objects occupying space for the forseeable future.

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As we increasingly instrument the physical world, there are real considerations about what that looks like, from how small small cells really are to how the sensors and video cameras we string around our city affect our sense of space. And the spaces themselves—those created by, within, and around the built environment—hold real implications not just for our widgets but for how we manage the economic and cultural realities of the future.

10:00 – 10:20am

Bob Berkebile

How Architecture and Design Can Encourage an Ecosystem

As an architect and father of modern thinking about sustainable building practices, Bob Berkebile is well-equipped to contextualize the current move toward innovation spaces and innovation districts.

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One of his latest projects, in fact, is our conference site itself. Berkebile’s firm designed Plexpod Westport Commons—an adaptive reuse of a former middle school—with an eye toward bringing together “community connectors”, fostering collaboration, and spurring economic development by investing in the innovation ecosystem.

10:20 – 10:40am

Robb Drinkwater

Chicago and the Array of Things

When Argonne National Lab and the City of Chicago embarked on their Array of Things project, they recognized real community challenges and concerns about putting sensors into neighborhoods—not the least of which was what the things looked like.

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They launched a collaborative design process that helped neighborhood residents take ownership of not just the look and feel of the new technology, but how it would interact with the neighborhood.

10:40 – 11:30am

Bob Berkebile, Robb Drinkwater, Dominique Davison, Tom Chapman

Panel Discussion with Q&A

The panel discussion will be joined by Dominique Davison, an award-winning architect, tech entrepreneur, US Ignite and Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund grantee, and founder of the interactive planning and design tool PlanIT Impact; and Tom Chapman, who brings an innovation economy perspective as a city economic developer and a venture capitalist with a keen sense of space, emphasis on humanity, and a deadpan bullshit detector.

10:00 – 11:30am


1923 Room

Brian McKiernan, Alex Camesas, Lindsey Frost, John Carney, Katie Boody


Tech-Driven Outcomes in Health Care and Education

Health care and education are in some ways holy grails of digital promise. Telemedicine and distance learning have been promoted as ready use case for gigabit networks, and indeed, it’s not hard to see how this technology is transforming these critical ecosystems.

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Yet when you look at a systems level around health/education and IT in the US in the past over the past 30 or 50 years, you can make an argument that the connection between IT and outcomes is pretty thin. In this session a group of practitioners looks at the impact of tech on outcomes, and how emerging technology can act as a catalyst for rethinking, reworking, or redeveloping the community partnerships needed for systematic (and individual) impact.

10:00 – 10:20am

Lindsey Frost

Pilot to Scale in Education: Mozilla, Hive and the Gigabit Community Fund

Mozilla dove into the gigabit world with US Ignite early in the gigabit city movement, but their work has been based in a broader context of Internet health and preservation. And alongside their technical interests, Mozilla built the Hive Learning Network model for piloting and scaling a variety of tech innovations in formal and informal learning settings.

10:20 – 10:40am

Alex Camesas

Pilot to Scale in Education: Catalyst @ Health 2.0

Health 2.0 recognizes the broad promise that IT plays in reshaping our healthcare system, and while they don’t have a gigabit-specific program, they have plenty of experience supporting innovation challenges to connect new tech opportunities with intractable problems—and a good sense of what challenges and opportunities that work presents.

10:40 – 11:30am

Brian McKiernan (moderator,) Alex Camesas, Lindsey Frost, John Carney, Katie Boody

Panel Discussion with Q&A

Lindsey and Alex are joined by a pair of experts who look at the systematic impact of innovation, though not necessarily through a technology lens.

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John Carney leads the Center for Practical Bioethics, which tracks how technology tools affect the dignity of the human person. Katie Boody founded and runs the Lean Lab, an education incubator that extends beyond digital tools to explore new types of pedagogy, community engagement and student-teacher-parent interaction. The discussion will be led by Brian McKiernan, who is an educator by trade and deeply invested in community health projects as a Kansas City, KS/Wyandotte County commissioner.

11:00am – 3:00pm

Community Exhibits at the Grand Hall

Our “trade show” at the Gigabit City Summit is a little different. Midday Wednesday you will have an opportunity to learn from our sponsors, from grassroots organizations in Kansas City, and from other initiatives throughout the GCS community. Learn about active projects, programs and technologies that are creating change on the ground.

11:30am – 1:00pm – Lunch sponsored by Google Fiber

11:30 – 1:00pm


Gerald Smith, Bob Berkebile

Inspiration Theater: A Tour of Plexpod Westport Commons

The Gigabit City Summit has a new home this year, and it shares with us a commitment to sustainable ecosystem building. The former Westport Middle School was reimagined as an innovation hub based in midtown Kansas City. The long vacant building has seen new life with the help of Plexpod, a modular coworking and ecosystem support context that first took shape in suburban Lenexa, KS and continues to grow throughout the region and the country. Tours will depart the Annex (outside and across the courtyard from the main entrance) at 11:30, 12:00, and 12:30.

12:00 – 12:30pm

Room 1L

Craig Settles

Building Cities Smartly Using Broadband

Maybe it’s time to re-visit the drawing board. Building a municipal or co-op network doesn’t have to be as difficult or as expensive as some communities assume. This session addresses several fundamental activities broadband teams could execute more efficiently. It also challenges preconceived notions about building networks.

1:10 – 2:40pm


Medallion Theater

Cullen Hoback, Deb Socia, Andrew Rodgers

Do Not Pass Go, A Film Premiere

This City Spotlight session is a documentary film account of Greenlight, the community broadband network in Wilson, NC, and their attempt to expand service into nearby Pinetops, where residents claim their Internet speeds top out at 1.5 Mbps.

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Filmmaker Cullen Hoback joins for a discussion afterward with Next Century Cities’ Deb Socia, with a focus on real and perceived battles between muni networks and incumbents and city, state, and federal government action.

1:00 – 1:30pm


Room 1K

Bill Wallace

US Ignite Workshop

It is hard to believe it has been over five years since US Ignite was established to spur the creation of gigabit applications in order to maximize the impact of gigabit cities. US Ignite’s organizational growth provides a parallel story to cities who increasingly look to draw the lines between emerging tech infrastructure and applied tech with real community impact.

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Executive Director Bill Wallace will coach delegations on how they can get involved in US Ignite’s work, either formally through the Smart Gigabit Communities program or by adopting some best practices of participating communities.

1:30 – 2:30pm


Room 1K

Barrett Sydnor

Metro Delegation Workshop

You’ve heard some interesting ideas and had some interesting conversations, but that’s not enough. This interactive workshop will begin to generate the who, what, and how of making interesting ideas real projects in your community. Attendees will receive written documentation of session output. Limited to 15 attendees. While encouraged, not all members of a metro delegation need attend.

1:30 – 2:00pm


Room 1L



Inspiration Theater: Working With Data for Better Services, New Innovations

1:30 – 2:00pm

Room 1L

David Doll

Data: The New Infrastructure for Smart Cities

You will sometimes hear the phrase “data is the new oil” which plays on its ability to generate revenue streams but also suggests that it is a consumable resource. Another point-of-view is that data is essential infrastructure, tied to our physical and human infrastructure, and that the ecosystem that supports it must be designed and maintained in an intentional way for our cities to thrive.

2:00 – 2:30pm

Room 1L

Herb Sih

Kansas City Living Lab Workshop with Think Big Partners

Think Big’s Herb Sih will dive into the particulars of the newly launched Kansas City Living Lab. The data sets that emerge from sensors along Kansas City’s downtown smart city corridor provide an array of opportunities to create new products and services. Sih will walk workshop participants through the kinds of data available, the process for accessing, and how the Living Lab will help facilitate partnerships with the city.

2:45 – 4:30pm


Medallion Theater

Jeannette Eicks, Tony Luppino, Bobby Thompson, Stephen Hardy, Elizabeth Reynoso

Data, Privacy and the Internet of Things

Data is a sprawling, complicated topic that is compounded by the explosion of connected devices and computing power able to leverage the information they collect. This session addresses just a few of the myriad issues that arise in an increasingly data-rich environment: how the city and citizen navigate privacy concerns, how cities make that data usable, and how the data and usage platform can empower citizens to make changes in their community.

2:45 – 3:15pm

Jeannette Eicks, Tony Luppino

Privacy Frameworks for Smart Cities

Law professors from Vermont Law School and UMKC are working with others in an interdisciplinary team to explore what types of data are being collected in smart city deployments and open data initiatives, how it is being collected, stored and released, and the relative roles and responsibilities of various participants in the associated processes.

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This initiative, which is a KCMO-initiated project in the MetroLab Network portfolio, is applying “people first” approaches to fashioning model policies that include timely citizen participation/representation and robust oversight, and seeking to develop a technology-based toolkit to gauge and facilitate compliance with such policies.

3:15 – 3:40pm

Bobby Thompson, Stephen Hardy

Data as a Service, Platform, Utility

As cities become more data savvy, the tools to use the data and connect them to outcomes become more important. It is not always easy to sort through which of the tools are best for which functions and how they complement or compete with one another. Two emerging companies in this space—Xaqt and mySidewalk—talk about how to evaluate functionality and interoperability in city data management.

3:40 – 4:00pm

Elizabeth Reynoso

Civic Tech Collaboration

The technical aspects of data management are in some ways easier than the adoption, usage and socialization needed for all these emerging data to have real, positive impact on our communities. Living Cities is in the last months of a multi-year partnership with Code for America and the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership dedicated to data-driven pilot projects in a dedicated cohort of US cities.

4:00 – 4:30pm

Panel Discussion with Q&A

Jeannette Eicks, Tony Luppino, Bobby Thompson, Stephen Hardy, Elizabeth Reynoso

2:45 – 4:30pm


1923 Room

Rachel Merlo, Mitsi Herrera, Harrison May, Angela Siefer

Tech and Equity: Opportunities in Rebuilding Infrastructure

Digital inclusion is about more than Internet access and know-how. The connected world continues to expand, technology pushes forward, and the innovations of today are the inclusion challenges of tomorrow. As cities make new investments in tech-enabled and tech-enabling infrastructure, it is important that we don’t structurally reinforce existing divisions within our cities.

2:45 – 3:10pm

Rachel Merlo

Infrastructure and Community Impact: The Google Fiber Model

Google Fiber has received a lot of attention for its crowdsourced marketing approach, but that has not been their only innovation in community engagement.

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One of the most visible hires in each new market, well before build out, is a community impact manager. Google Fiber’s go-to-market approach has created a new kind of community engagement that tries to connect technology infrastructure to community impact and offers lessons for other kinds of tech adoption

3:10 – 3:25pm

Mitsi Herrera

Equity and Inclusion in City Technology Adoption

Mitsi Herrera with Montgomery County, MD works with the local government authority on the nuts and bolts of infrastructure deployment—permitting, pole attachments, bus stops and fiber.

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Her scope of work and interest is much broader, including youth training and seniors. She will provide important insights on how concerns about equity and inclusion can inform the less visible parts of city infrastructure builds.

3:25 – 3:40pm

Harrison May

Infrastructure and Community Skill Building

The W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center has been bringing Internet access and digital skills training to the east side of Kansas City for over 40 years.

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Over the last few, Harrison has been working to install a mmWave backbone and mesh wifi networking equipment to bring expanded access to the community, but also to train community members in critical networking skills and open up new pathway to employment.

3:40 – 4:30pm

Angela Siefer (moderator), Rachel Merlo, Mitsi Herrera, Harrison May

Panel Discussion with Q&A

Angela Siefer of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance will share NDIA’s view on how the access conversation overlaps the smart city conversation and lead a panel discussion.

5:00 – 7:30pm


1923 Room

Jase Wilson, Evan Absher, Karen Stephenson

Emerging Models for Community Collaboration / Evening Reception (sponsored by Kauffman Foundation)

Over two days, we have looked at numerous ways in which various elements of the civic ecosystem intersect with emerging technology—with particular emphasis on how the “hard” infrastructure—the hardware, the built environment, the things that make up the Internet of Things—are institutionally connected to the people, programs, and efforts that are both agents and recipients of technology’s impact.

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We haven’t spent a great deal of time this year on financing and the public-private models that are so en vogue in smart city circles. Jase Wilson started Neighborly not just to disrupt the municipal bond market, but to create meaningful tiebacks between citizens and their infrastructure via financing.

While in Silicon Valley now, Jase would have certainly been identified as a Connector several years ago. Dr. Karen Stephenson’s KC Connector study, presented in today’s morning session, mapped connectors and their connections in the greater Kansas City area. Now during the last plenary event of the 2017 Gigabit City Summit, we want recognize these amazing individuals; they are our Kansas City luminaries. They may not have an “institutional name” backing them up, but they form the real backbone of the local innovation ecosystem. So let’s honor them and grow an even greater network by connecting our KC connectors with our Summit attendees.

6:00 – 7:45pm – Busses running from Plexpod Westport Commons to Sheraton Crown Center