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Thursday, April 28, 2022

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Welcome
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Ron Nirenberg
Ron Nirenberg
City of San Antonio, Mayor of San Antonio
Jim Perschbach
Jim Perschbach
Port SA, President & CEO
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Opening Keynote: Intelligent Infrastructures
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Steve Pier
Steve Pier
Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), Deputy Executive Director
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Panel: Digital Equity & Broadband
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Candelaria Mendoza
Candelaria Mendoza
City of San Antonio, Digital Inclusion Administrator
Marina Gavito
Marina Gavito
SA Digital Connects, Executive Director
Kelty Garbee
Kelty Garbee
Texas Rural Funders, Executive Director
John Speirs
John Speirs
Office of Broadband - Harris County, Program Manager

Join Candelaria Mendoza, Digital Inclusion Administrator for the City of San Antonio for a discussion about the current and future state of digital equity and broadband development for the Texas Region. This panel will highlight real-world experiences addressing the digital divide from panelists representing both public & private, and urban & rural perspectives.

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Fireside Chat: Unlocking Innovation in Local Government
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Jennifer Sanders
Jennifer Sanders
Dallas Innovation Alliance, Executive Director
Brian Dillard
Brian Dillard
City of San Antonio, Chief Innovation Officer
John Peterek
John Peterek
City of San Antonio, CMO
Jesse Bounds
Jesse Bounds
City of Houston, Innovation Director
Jason JonMichael
Jason JonMichael
City of Austin, Assistant Director - Smart Mobility

The CoVID-19 pandemic challenged cities around the world to seek innovative approaches to service design and delivery. How can local governments create sustainable pathways for innovation inside government? What role can both smart city technology, and residents play in shaping equitable futures for smart cities? Join Chief Innovation Officer Brian Dillard for a Fireside chat exploring these themes with regional leaders focused on creating the conditions for innovation to thrive in their communities.

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Smart City Highlight
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Emily Royall
Emily Royall
City of San Antonio, Smart City Administrator
Jenna Wallace
Jenna Wallace
City of San Antonio, R&D Coordinator
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Panel: Securing the Smart City
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Patsy Boozer
Patsy Boozer
City of San Antonio, Cheif Security Officer
Will Garrett
Will Garrett
PortSA, VP Cybersecurity
Jeff Fair
Jeff Fair
SA Chamber of Commerce, Cybersecurity Council, VP Cybersecurity & Economic Development
Tiffany Tremont
Tiffany Tremont
Silotech Group, President, and CEO
Brian Gardner
Brian Gardner
City of Dallas, CISO

Innovations in smart city technology including artificial intelligence, IoT, and digital twin technology also create new cybersecurity vulnerabilities that cities must urgently address. This panel explores key themes in cybersecurity for local government and industry, and highlights innovative approaches to securing the smart city from industry professionals, local, and regional government representatives.

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Fireside Chat: Mobility Futures
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Tomika Monterville
Tomika Monterville
City of San Antonio, Transportation Director
Sajid Khan
Sajid Khan
Intel, Global Director, Smart Cities & Transportation
Demonte Alexander
Demonte Alexander
VIA Metropolitan Transit, Government Affairs Manager

Transportation is a key theme of the Infrastructure Investments & Jobs Act, and a dynamic space for smart city innovation, including autonomous vehicles, dynamic pricing, EV charging, drone delivery, E-scooters, and other last-mile solutions. This panel of city leaders and innovators will discuss their priorities for mobility, and the greatest challenges they face in transforming mobility outcomes for residents. This fireside chat moderated by Tomika Monterville, Transportation Director for the City of San Antonio, will look at best practices and lessons learned from practitioners facing an evolving mobility landscape, industry disruptions, as they forge a new path to develop mobility services of the future.

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Lunch

LUNCH NOT PROVIDED THROUGH CONFERENCE -- There will be on site restaurants with several options to purchase meals

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Road Map Session - 1 : Intelligent Infrastructure

How can our transportation, energy, and environmental systems be more responsive, inclusive and resilient? Intelligent infrastructure refers to the development of facilities and systems that improve how residents and visitors experience San Antonio.  

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Panel: Data Dignity: Building Responsible Data Ecosystems
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Matthew Reat
Matthew Reat
City of San Antonio, Performance Excellence Administrator
Jenell Moffett
Jenell Moffett
Downtown Austin Alliance, Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Alberto Gomez
Alberto Gomez
Irys, Co-Founder
Justin Bruce
Justin Bruce
Tyler Technologies, Director, Customer Success
Jiannan Cai
Jiannan Cai
UTSA, Assistant Professor UTSA

Data Dignity is about building responsible data governance, data sharing practices, tools and policies that enable data-informed decision making, while respecting digital rights and resident privacy. What is the potential for data in cities, what are some of the best practices emerging for data governance, and how do cities tackle the challenge of transforming the way they use data to evaluate their performance and better deliver services? This panel moderated by Matthew Reat, Performance Excellence Administrator for the City of San Antonio, will unpack the many dimensions in which data can be seen as a service, resource, and engine for smart city development.

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Fireside Chat: Digital Services for All: Building Public Interest Digital Governance
Emily Royall
Emily Royall
City of San Antonio, Smart City Administrator
Dustin Haisler
Dustin Haisler
e.Republic, Chief Innovation Officer
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Road Map Session - 2: Data Dignity

Data Dignity is about building responsible data governance, data sharing practices, tools and policies that enable data-informed decision making, while respecting digital rights and resident privacy. How can our community manage data safely and securely to improve operations and increase transparency? Data Dignity is about building responsible data governance, data sharing practices, tools and policies that enable data-informed decision making, while respecting digital rights and resident privacy.  

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Pilot & Pivot! Forging Actionable R&D Partnerships
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Victor Fishman
Victor Fishman
Texas Research Alliance, Executive Director
Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis
City of San Antonio’s Office of Innovation, Interim R&D Administrator

Research and development is a cornerstone of smart city development, but integrated R&D into local government requires building lasting relationships with universities and the research sector. What are the mechanisms cities can use to build partnerships with universities, and how successful are they? In this panel you will hear from regional trail-blazers building R&D partnerships to power smart city development including members from the Texas Research Alliance, Good Systems at UT Austin, and MetroLab. 

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Managing Innovation: Financing and Procurement for Cities of the Future
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Anne Haynes
Anne Haynes
Austin Economic Development Corporation, CXO. Chief Transactions Officer
Chris Foreman
Chris Foreman
Marketplace.city, Chief Executive Officer
Ron Epperson
Ron Epperson
Texas State University, Executive Director
Chelsea Collier
Chelsea Collier
Digi.City, Founder

How can cities effectively fund, procure and manage the technologies they need to build better futures? What opportunities does the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) present for city governments to build capacity and resources? This panel will cover innovative means of technology procurement, and how to leverage existing resources to enhance capacity and fund innovation.

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The Outlook: SmartSA Partnership
Brian Dillard
Brian Dillard
City of San Antonio, Chief Innovation Officer
Steve Young
Steve Young
VIA, VP Technology & Innovation
Jonathan Tijerina
Jonathan Tijerina
CPS Energy, Vice President of Enterprise Risk & Development
Robert Pina
Robert Pina
San Antonio Water System, Sr. Director of Enterprise Solutions
Jo Ana Alvarado
Jo Ana Alvarado
San Antonio Housing Authority, Director Innovative Technology
Shawna Arroyo
Shawna Arroyo
San Antonio River Authority, Information Technology Director

Perspectives from the SmartSA Partners. SmartSA is a smart city partnership with eight San Antonio based public agencies, including the City of San Antonio, CPS-Energy, VIA Metropolitan Transportation, San Antonio Housing Authority, San Antonio Water System, Edwards Aquifer Authority, Bexar County Appraisal District, San Antonio River Authority, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. These partners come together to leverage data and technology to help San Antonio become a more connected, inclusive and resilient community.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

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Welcome
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Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia
Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia
San Antonio City Council, District 4 Councilmember
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Panel: Participatory Futures: Best practices and New Modes of Civic Engagement
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Lauren Tarin
Lauren Tarin
City of San Antonio, Smart City Specialist
Michael Henderson
Michael Henderson
University of Texas in Austin, School of Design & Creative Technologies
Cliff Zintgraff
Cliff Zintgraff
San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology, Chief Learning Officer
Jamie Eustace
Jamie Eustace
Sterling Municipal Library, Director
Cristina Flores
Cristina Flores
New Politics Academy, Director of Partnerships and Growth
Ryan McClain
Ryan McClain
Hello Lamp Post, Head of Community Engagement

Can we imagine new ways to not just engage residents, but actively collaborate with them on building the future? Community engagement is evolving. It is an opportunity to discover innovative ways to connect with residents, and incorporate them into decision-making processes but doing so is complex. How do we develop engagement methods that respect and incorporate diverse cultures and needs? What best practices, tools, and new opportunities can we utilize to better inform, involve, and incorporate our resident voices? This panel moderated by Lauren Tarin, Smart City Specialist for the City of San Antonio, will explore how we can create space to ensure all perspectives are taken into consideration when shaping the future of our cities. 

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Road Map Session - 3: Participatory Futures

Can we imagine new ways to not just engage residents, but actively collaborate with them on building the future? Community engagement is evolving. It is an opportunity to discover innovative ways to connect with residents, and incorporate them into decision-making processes but doing so is complex. How do we develop engagement methods that respect and incorporate diverse cultures and needs? What best practices, tools, and new opportunities can we utilize to better inform, involve, and incorporate our resident voices? This panel moderated by Lauren Tarin, Smart City Specialist for the City of San Antonio, will explore how we can create space to ensure all perspectives are taken into consideration when shaping the future of our cities. 

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Fireside Chat: Smarter Cities Toolkit
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Chelsea Collier
Chelsea Collier
Digi.City, Founder

The Digi.City Smart(er) Toolkit is an integrated collection of human-centered practices and technologies designed to enable local city-makers to better understand and improve equitable outcomes for complex urban issues. This is the result of years of research and conversation with smart city ecosystem leaders to learn about challenges and aspirations. 

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Panel: Smart Education, Smart Communities
Rhiannon Pape
Rhiannon Pape
City of San Antonio, Smart Cities Special Projects Manager
Domingo Ruiz
Domingo Ruiz
South San High School, Esports Director
Carl Settles
Carl Settles
E4 Youth, Executive Director
Megan Steckly
Megan Steckly
Comp-U-Dopt, CEO

The Smart Education, Smart Communities panel will be moderated by Rhiannon Pape, Smart Cities Special Projects Manager for the City of San Antonio, and will bring together a diverse group of innovators who recognize the future of education has a strong foundation in technology but is also firmly rooted in the idea of moving beyond the confines of the classroom walls. Panelists will discuss their own creative developments in teaching and engagement, how IoT technology supports their initiatives, and the future of learning. From esports to local history- How do we support and join this movement? What are the challenges, what’s the goal? Smart Communities are built by those who embrace Smart Education and this conversation lays groundwork for the path forward.  

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Lunch

LUNCH NOT PROVIDED THROUGH CONFERENCE -- There will be on site restaurants with several options to purchase meals

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Panel: Access & Inclusivity in Smart Cities
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Louise Craig
Louise Craig
City of San Antonio, Experience Architect
Helen Ramirez
Helen Ramirez
City of Brownsville, Asst. City Manager
Luke Norris
Luke Norris
Granicus, Vice President - Platform Strategy & Digital Transformation
Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez
San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, City’s Disability Access Advisory Committee Chair, City of San Antonio & Recruitment Specialist

How can we build infrastructure and services that are inclusive to everyone? What are the barriers to access, and how can local governments address these? What kinds of technologies can support access and inclusivity in smart cities? Join Louise Craig, Experience Architect for the City of San Antonio, as she discusses with public sector and industry leaders best practices and emerging solutions for building more responsive government.

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Road Map Session - 4: Digital Services for All

How can we build digital services that are accessible and inclusive? Digital Services for All addresses building online and digital services that respond to residents’ lived experiences and the realities of today’s digital divide.  

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Smart City Highlight
Michael Hyacinthe
Michael Hyacinthe
Wimee.TV, CEO & Founder
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Networking Closeout

Opportunity to visit demo booths one final time before Sandbox event 

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SmartSA Sandbox

The Texas Smart Cities Summit is pleased to host SmartSA Sandbox! SmartSA Sandbox is a family-friendly smart cities event hosted by SmartSA and the City of San Antonio. It's an outdoor, festival-style event that is an interactive space for residents to: 

  • Get informed about SmartSA, smart cities, and the pilot projects upcoming or underway in their Innovation Zone, and how they can continue to be involved,
  • Imagine, explore, and question the role new technologies play in San Antonio neighborhoods,
  • Discover connections between smart city technologies and data by providing hands-on activities involving pilot technologies,
  • Explore local innovation featuring innovative programs, services and opportunities offered by partners in each Innovation Zone,
  • Identify new opportunities for future SmartSA pilot projects


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