Agenda  // Smart Cincy Summit  
Tuesday April 25th, 2017

Elected and public officials, academic and business leaders, and community stakeholders committed to smart city growth will discuss using technology as a tool on Tuesday, April 25th at Union Hall in the heart of the Greater Cincinnati Region. // Questions? Email

Smart Cincy Summit @ Union Hall 1311 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 //

Smart Cincy Summit @ Union Hall
1311 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 //

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8:00 am - Welcome to Smart Cincy Breakfast

Check InLiving Room (First Floor)

Breakfast and RefreshmentsMain Hall (Second Floor)

9:00 am - Featured Speakers

Local, Regional, and National LeadersMain Hall (Second Floor) and Homeroom (Fourth Floor)

9:45 am - Keynotes

Jon Salisbury: Main Hall (Second Floor)

Daryl Oster: Main Hall (Second Floor)

10:30am - Panels and Round-tables

Smart Cities are Connected Cities: Main Hall (Second Floor)

Building a smart city starts with connecting people, places, things and information. The Internet is becoming less of a want and more of a utility, a means to connect people with information and opportunities. How can we make Greater Cincinnati a more connected region? We have the opportunity to create a model for smart regional growth worldwide, in fact, that is exactly what appears to be happening.

Moderator: Marvin Abrinica, Thrivera


  • Leigh Tami, Chief Performance Officer, City of Cincinnati
  • Rob Scott, Senior Director of Mobile Strategy, Cincinnati Bell
  • Jack Hanley, VP Sales, Telensa
  • John Putnam, VP Sales, Powernet Global
  • Parag Joshi


Automating TransportationHomeroom (Fourth Floor)

In the last century, we automated communication. It’s a new century, and we are on the verge of automating transportation as population growth is only increasing the strain on our existing transportation infrastructure. As we look through human history, every time we’ve had a paradigm shift in transportation, we’ve doubled our quality of life. It will not be without roadblocks, but we’re on the verge of achieving this goal in this century – and perhaps within the next decade.


  • Caroline Duffy, Director of Traffic Engineering/Project Manager Barr & Prevost, a JMT Division
  • Mike Stanley, CEO, Transit X
  • Dr Jonathan Corey, University of Cincinnati Engineering Professor
  • Brenda Oster
  • James Bridgers - RoadAid

Inclusion in Smart CitiesConference Room 402 (Fourth Floor)

The Internet is shattering socio-economic barriers and making our world smaller. VirtualEduca is one of the many groups tackling this problem internationally, while organizations such as Tech Defenders are doing this here in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. How critical is Internet Inclusion and are we taking the right steps to provide equitable access to this basic utility?

  • Rhonda Binda - Executive Director - Jamaica Business Improvement District
  • Bjorn Simmons - Gladiator, Chief Strategy Wizard & Co-Founder of Wyzerr  
  • Michael Beck, President, Midwest Latino

11:15am - Panels and Round-tables

Smart Cities are Mobile Cities: Main Hall (Second Floor)

Improvements to our existing physical transportation infrastructure are necessary to accommodate population growth and business needs. But mobility is about more than getting from place to place; it’s about providing access to education and job training, advancing careers and growing businesses. Smart Mobility is about improving access and outcomes for people.

  • Lyden Foust, Spatial.Ai
  • D Worthington, Loop Global
  • Pete Metz, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Rhonda Binda, Executive Director - Jamaica Business Improvement District
  • Dr. Jonathan Corey, University of Cincinnati


Big Data in Smart CitiesHomeroom (Fourth Floor)

Data exchanges like Cincy Insights have already demonstrated the value of big data in smart planning.They allow us to make better real-time and long-term planning decisions. However, collecting usable data is not as easy as it may seem, and in fact, creating standards and interoperable protocols are required to enable scalability and usability of such portals.

  • Kevin Kirby - Dean, College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University  
  • Michael Smith - Associate Professor, Ohio State University
  • Brandon Crowley, Chief Data Officer, City of Cincinnati
  • Ry Walker, CEO, Astronomer
  • Andy Park, Centric Consulting
  • Jeff Kanel, Centric Consulting


Sustainable Food SystemsConference Room 201 (Second Floor)

15% of Americans are food insecure. 20% of children are food insecure. Often times our food is making us sick. This isn’t about us. This is about the generations to come. A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates several components in order to enhance a community’s environmental, economic, and social well-being. It is built on principles that further the ecological, social and economic values of a community and region. What can Greater Cincinnati learn from leaders in this space? And how can our smart cities use technology to enhance sustainable food systems while connecting our rural, suburban, and urban cores?

  • Oliver Kroemer          
  • John Putnam


Government Innovation 2.0Conference Room 402 (Fourth Floor)

Over the last decade, government began to innovate at municipal, state and federal levels. Now, we are working through the pain points of connecting and utilizing those innovative resources and projects. Governments that embrace innovation have proven to be more transparent and more responsive to their constituents, all while maximizing the usefulness of existing resources and minimizing waste.

  • Natasia Malaihollo, CEO, Wyzerr 
  • Tom Lampe, Campbell County, Ky. Commissioner
  • Michael Fulton, Associate Vice President, IT Strategy & Innovation at Nationwide Insurance
  • Michael Smith, Associate Professor at Ohio State University

12:00 pm - Smart Cincy Luncheons

Social Cities Luncheon: Living Room (First Floor)

Futurist LuncheonHomeroom (Fourth Floor)

Smart City LuncheonMain Hall (Second Floor)

Leadership LuncheonsConference Rooms

1:00 pm - Panels and Round-tables

Smart Cities are Secure Cities: Main Hall (Second Floor)

In 2016, there were 1.6 billion connected devices in smart cities. By 2025, there could be more than 52 billion connected devices that can create better outcomes for emergency response units and law enforcement as well as residents and businesses. However, each one an opportunity to be exploited by malicious actors across sectors, if not planned for properly.

(Also See: Public Safety in Smart Cities, 1:45 p.m.)

  • Brandon Crowley, Chief Data Officer, City of Cincinnati
  • James Sullivan, IoT Solutions Group, AT&T
  • Kevin Kimener, Clasp Advisors, 
  • Jon Salisbury, CTO, Nexigen and smartLINK
  • Mark Barclay, All Secure Group
  • Mark Schnitter, Centric Consulting


    Public Safety in Smart Cities (Homeroom)

    By 2050, 75 percent of world’s population will live in urban areas. The challenges this presents for law enforcement and other emergency responders is unprecedented. Smart cities provide new, effective tools to help with allocation of resources that proactively stop crime and reduce response times.

    • Mitch Kominsky
    • Mark Barclay
    • John Begley  Hitachi Data Systems

    Smart InfrastructureConference Room 201 (Second Floor)

    Building bridges and laying roads are the mechanisms that built our cities a century ago. Now it’s time to look ahead. Crumbling infrastructure isn’t a local or regional problem — it’s a national problem. Our local leaders are among those fighting to simply maintain our local infrastructure, while our budgets constrain the ability to explore better options.

    • Daryl Oster, Founder,  ET3 Global Alliance
    • D Worthington LoopGlobal CEO    
    • Mike Stanley  TransitX CEO
    • Caroline Duffy, 143 Engineers


    Connected Campuses and Advanced FacilitiesConference Room 402 (Fourth Floor)

    Connected communities are smart cities on a smaller scale. From Lawrenceburg, Ind, to the city of Hamilton and on both shores of the Ohio River in Newport and Cincinnati, municipalities have begun deploying smart city solutions, but those solutions have applications in the private sector, as well.

    • Jack Illes, Principal, Urban Strategies
    • Tim Hertel, JLL
    • Russ Middleton, Nexigen
    • Bill Salyers, Towne Properties
    • Jill Henry, Northern Kentucky University
    • Lisa Dankovich, Director, University External Relations, Miami University

    1:45pm - Panels and Round-tables

    Smart Cities are Sustainable Cities: Main Hall (Second Floor)

    When we talk about sustainability in smart cities, we aren’t just talking about green technologies (although they certainly qualify). Sustainability in smart cities also means putting practices in place that are sustainable from a financial standpoint.

    • Chris Lawson, Executive Director, Hamilton Mill
    • Colin Hicks, ET3
    • John Putnam, VP Sales, Powernet Global

    Breaking Down IoT ConnectivityHomeroom (Fourth Floor)

    Conversations that revolve around the Internet of Things can be chaotic and overwhelming without structure, standards, and support. Planners need solution providers to agree upon standards for interoperability, without which progress can’t be made effectively.

    • Jack Hanley, Telensa
    • James Sullivan, IoT Solutions Group, AT&T
    • Ryan Prestel, CEO, JadeTrack
    • Debbi Young, Centric Consulting
    • Nicholas Dale, Venture Smarter

    Smart City Profit CentersConference Room 201 (Second Floor)

    Cut costs, generate revenue, or create value. Depending on the value exchange, public-private partnerships may allow smart city solutions to act as profit centers in smart regions.

    • Larissa Sims  
    • Jon Salisbury
    • Daryl Oster


    Smart Cities are Healthy CitiesConference Room 402 (Fourth Floor)

    Data collection is the prescription for a healthier population in smart cities. This applies to monitoring the quality of our water and air, as well as the overall health of individuals and the region’s population. Putting this data to use allows us to react better and stay more prepared. Improved quality of life and extended life expectancy are natural outcomes for residents of smart cities.

    Moderator: Glenn Lawyer, Ph.D; Founder, Healthcast

    • Michael Schmidt, Founder, Meta Matter LLC
    • Jack Illes, Principal, Urban Strategies
    • Michael Fulton, Associate Vice President, IT Strategy & Innovation, Nationwide Insurance
    • Colin Hicks, ET3


    2:30pm - Speakers

    Trey GraysonMain Hall (Second Floor)

    Rhonda Binda: Main Hall

    3:00 pm - Awards and Recognitions

    Main Hall

    3:45pm - Closing Remarks

    Main Hall 

    4:pm - Media Reception

    Rooftop Patio (Fourth Floor)

    5:00pm - Innovation Showcase and Happy Hour

    Living Room (First Floor) and Main Hall (Second Floor)

    7:00pm - Event Close