Smart Cities NYC '17 is ours to create.
May 3 - 6, 2017




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SMART CITIES NYC ‘17 is the first conference and expo that curates the intersection of technology and urban life.

Coming to you from iconic public spaces across New York City and the revitalized canvas of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this unprecedented event features three engagement platforms, world-renowned speakers, and a multitude of public events.

Your ideas and innovations will reach an audience of millions during our four-day event from May 3-6, 2017.

Smart Cities NYC ‘17 is proud to have the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City. Learn more here.

The new Global Smart Cities community starts with you.

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The City is our Canvas


The Navy Yard As Canvas

SMART CITIES NYC ‘17 is your chance to create your own smart city. Build structures, test alternative transportation and mobility solutions, explore technologies, and find new ways to connect and communicate with an audience spanning the city and the world.

From the School to the Street

SMART CITIES NYC ‘17 connects urban influencers and high-tech enterprises with emerging minds in the fields of technology, art, and science. Team up with students from NYC’s world class academic institutions to build and create unique demonstration spaces.

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SMART CITIES NYC ‘17 provides a unique opportunity for exhibitors to give real-life demonstrations for citizens and leaders from NYC, North America, and the world. Socialize technology solutions that matter on a global stage.


Innovation is essential to transforming our urban spaces. From incubating science and technology to redefining the way we use data and re-inventing food security, the city is our living laboratory to learn, to build, and to create real change.


Smart Cities NYC ‘17 is built around 7 key sectors:

  • Energy + Resources
  • Big Data + New Technology
  • Governance
  • Planning + Development
  • Mobility
  • Community + Culture
  • Economic Empowerment


Each of these four days of discourse will target one topic specific to building safer and smarter urban environment:

May 3 - Growth
May 4- Sustainability
May 5 - Resilience
May 6- Equity


Brooklyn’s favourite concert series throws a special party to celebrate the culture, community, and connections that define smart cities.


Bridging cutting-edge technology and the classroom, year long programming connects NYC students with opportunities to hone their teamwork and technical skills while tackling real world problems.


Bringing together NYCHA, nonprofits, and local artists in a no-holds installation art competition means more beautiful and interesting public spaces for everyone.





Christopher Cavanagh

Principal Program Manager – New Energy Solutions at National Grid


Christopher Cavanagh is a Principal Program Manager in the New Energy Solutions team at National Grid and is responsible for developing programs to modernize Nationals Grid’s US natural gas distribution services. He was recently responsible for implementing a process for the development of new electric and gas technologies for customers to support National Grid’s goals. Mr. Cavanagh has twenty nine years experience in product development at National Grid and its predecessor companies. Mr. Cavanagh previously managed research programs in the areas of alternative fuel vehicles, advanced heating & cooling and distributed generation, including fuel cells. Mr. Cavanagh was a senior engineer with the New York architect-engineering firm, Gibbs & Hill. Mr. Cavanagh is a licensed professional engineer and a Member of the American Society of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers and has been a mentor and judge in the CleanTech Open and Powerbridge NY programs. Mr. Cavanagh is a graduate of Brooklyn Tech HS and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Cooper Union, an MS from Polytechnic University and an MBA from Dowling College. Mr. Cavanagh resides in Hazlet, NJ where he recently served as Chairman of Open Space Advisory Council and the Planning Board and an environmental commissioner. Mr. Cavanagh is also helped develop a STEM program for NYC Middle School students considering Brooklyn Tech HS and is also the head state judge and Assistant Problem Captain in NJ for the structure problem in the annual international Odyssey if the Mind competitions for school age children and a regular judge at the NYC FIRST Robotics Competition.

David Ehrenberg

President & CEO of Brooklyn Navy Yard Development


David Ehrenberg serves as the President & CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), overseeing its 330 tenants and 2.5 million SF expansion. Prior to joining BNYDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was an Executive Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Transaction Services group at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). While at NYCEDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was a senior manager on many of the City’s priority economic development projects including: the Applied Sciences initiative that resulted in Cornell’s new campus on Roosevelt Island; the redevelopment of six acres of vacant land on the Lower East Side known as Seward Park; the Atlantic Yards project; as well as the creation and implementation of hundreds of millions of dollars of programs to support small businesses after Hurricane Sandy. In addition to marquee projects, he supervised dozens of industrial and manufacturing projects across the City and supervised the operations of the City’s Industrial Development Agency. Before joining NYCEDC, Mr. Ehrenberg worked at South Brooklyn Legal Services as the coordinator for a microenterprise program. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he majored in government and urban studies, was a Fulbright Fellow in Zimbabwe, and received dual Masters Degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in Public Policy and Urban Planning.

Ben Flanner

President of Brooklyn Grange


Ben Flanner is the CEO, Director of Agriculture, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange. A pioneering urban farm operation, the business farms rooftops, builds green spaces, and promotes sustainable living and local ecology through food, education, and events. The business includes over 2 ½ acres of intensive green roofs, and sells its produce via restaurants, farmer’s markets, and CSAs. Brooklyn Grange is widely recognized as a world leader in urban agriculture, with an unwavering drive to develop the concept with an exceptional green and community minded business. Prior to founding the Brooklyn Grange, Ben co-founded and managed the Eagle Street Rooftop farm in 2009. He has a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and prior experience in management consulting and marketing. Ben was born and raised near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Grange received the LICBDC Green Business Award in 2010, the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence in 2011, the Queens Community Business Award from Mayor Bloomberg’s office in 2012, and the New York Environmental Champion award in 2015 from the EPA.

Jason Green

CEO - Cofounder of Edenworks


Jason Green is CEO + Cofounder at Edenworks, a Brooklyn-based indoor agriculture company.Edenworks grows salad greens and fish in indoor aquaponic farms. Edenworks’ microgreen personal salads are 40x more nutrient dense than traditional salads and are presently available at Whole Foods Market in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with a larger rollout coming in mid-2017.Prior to Edenworks, Jason developed virtual reality-based neurorehabilitation technologies and served as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow. Jason graduated with high honors in biology from the University of Maryland and was recognized as the 2011 undergraduate researcher of the year.Jason is a tinkerer. Recently, he’s been on a fermentation kick. He bakes a mean sourdough loaf.

Brad Hargreaves

Founder & CEO of Common


Brad is the founder and CEO of Common. Common is dedicated to making housing better by providing convenient, community-minded shared homes. Previously, he co-founded General Assembly, a global education institution with campuses in more than 15 cities worldwide. As part of the General Assembly founding team, Brad led the growth of the company's education business from its launch in 2011 into a global institution with over a dozen campuses. Most recently, he was a Venture Partner at Maveron, General Assembly's lead investor.Brad has been named to Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment”, Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100”. He writes about entrepreneurship, New York City and life at bhargreaves.com.

Deborah Jackson

Founder and CEO of Plum Alley


Before Deborah Jackson founded Plum Alley, she spent two decades working with clients to raise capital in the public and private market starting at Goldman Sachs. In the early 1990s, she focused on health care software, hardware and internet companies. Deborah has personally invested in companies at the intersection of technology and the transformation of business. Her personal portfolio spans cloud technology, consumer internet, and mobile disruption technologies. Deborah judges competitions: CNBC’s Power Pitch; Startup Weekend; Columbia Social Entrepreneurs; and Harvard Business School New Venture Competition. She is recognized in various publications: Fast Company's 2012 cover story naming 60 women to the “League of Extraordinary Women"​; Forbes'​ “Women Changing the World VCs/Entrepreneurs"​; and Tech Crunch's 2014 "People Who Are Proof You Can Make it in Silicon Valley Over 40"​.In the June 2015 cover story, Entrepreneur Magazine named Plum Alley one of "100 Brilliant Companies"​. Her personal story is in the 2014 book: "Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology"​, and in a 2014 feature story in the Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Fortunes'​ Broadsheet have recognized Plum Alley. Deborah has spoken at the: International Women's Forum World Leadership Conference; Wells Fargo Women Investors; Women Investing Summit in Silicon Valley; C200; the Texas, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania Conferences for Women; Harvard Business School; Columbia Women in Business; BlogHer Entrepreneurs and Women Investing in Women in Stockholm.

James Meeks

President & CEO of MOVE Systems


James (Jim) Meeks is the Chief Executive Officer of MOVE Systems. James has extensive leadership experience internationally and within military, non-profit, and private sectors. Prior to joining MOVE Systems, he was an Advisor to Aspiration Partners, where he guided several start-up and growth companies, as well as previously serving as the Senior Vice President for Operations at Swissport Americas, a 10,000-person global aviation logistics company operating in seven countries. James is a combat veteran, having served two tours in Iraq as an armor officer with the US Army, receiving a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He is also the Co-founder and Chairman of an international non-profit, the 2Seeds Network, which deploys college graduates to lead economic development projects with subsistence farmers in East Africa. James graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received an MBA in global management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Andrew Right

Former Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Executive Director of the Build America Transportation Investment Center


Andrew Curtis Right is the founder and Managing Partner of Cherry Lane Capital. Founded in 2012, Cherry Lane Capital is a holding company focused on making control/significant governance investments in operating businesses as a partner with founding families and owner-entrepreneurs.From 2015 through January 2017, Mr. Right served as a Presidential Executive Fellow, Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Acting Executive Director of the Build America Bureau (the “Bureau”) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Prior to serving as Executive Director of the Build America Bureau, he served as Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Executive Director of the Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC).Prior to founding Cherry Lane, Mr. Right was a Vice President in the Infrastructure Investment Group, within the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in New York. At Goldman, he was part of the founding team that formed the Infrastructure Investment Group and raised $6.5 billion for GS Infrastructure Partners I (GSIP I), which closed in December in 2006 and $3 billion for GSIP II which closed in 2010.

Anand Shah

Vice President of Albright Stonebridge Group


Anand Shah is a Vice President of ASG’s India and South Asia practice, where he helps clients manage both short-term challenges and long-term growth opportunities. Mr. Shah brings over 15 years of experience working across the private and social sectors and has significant experience building and growing businesses in India. Before joining ASG, Mr. Shah led global strategy for new ventures at BMW Group on urban impact and autonomous mobility. He also was an Advisor and Manager at Audi AG in the Social Innovation department, where he applied engineering, design, and manufacturing techniques to sustainable, urban innovation. Mr. Shah founded and served as CEO of Saravajal, a technology and market-based provider of clean water to rural villages and urban settlements in Gujarat, India and he holds several patents in drinking water distribution technologies. In addition, Mr. Shah helped establish Ahmedabad University and has worked extensively in India on policy in higher education, solar energy and urban infrastructure. Mr. Shah was the founding CEO of the Piramal Foundation and a co-founder of Teach for India. He also was a co- founder and Executive Director of Indicorps, a non-profit organization that connects the Indian diaspora with opportunities to contribute to India’s development. Mr. Shah also serves as a TED fellow and an Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network fellow. He holds an A.B. in evolutionary biology from Harvard University and studied science, ethics and society at the California Institute of Technology. Mr. Shah is proficient in Hindi and Gujarati. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Gregory Treverton

Former Chairman of the National Intelligence Council


Gregory Treverton just completed service as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which provides both strategic intelligence and more immediate intelligence support to the senior foreign policymakers in the U.S. government. Earlier, he directed the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security, and before that its Intelligence Policy Center and its International Security and Defense Policy Center, and he was associate dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has served earlier in government for the first Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, handling Europe for the National Security Council and as vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, overseeing the writing of America's National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs). He has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities, in addition to RAND, been a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He holds an A. B. summa cum laude from Princeton University and an M.P.P (Master's in Public Policy) and Ph.D. in economics and politics from Harvard. His latest books are Dividing Divided States, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014; and Beyond the Great Divide: Relevance and Uncertainty in National Intelligence and Science for Policy, (with Wilhelm Agrell), Oxford University Press, 2015.

Robert Wolf

Chairman and Co-Founder of Measure


Robert Wolf is Founder and CEO of 32 Advisors, and the Chairman and Co-Founder of Measure, a company offering Drone as a Service. Prior to forming 32 Advisors, Robert spent 18 years at UBS where he was Chairman and CEO of UBS Americas and President & Chief Operating Officer of the Investment Bank. He joined UBS in 1994 from Salomon Brothers. Robert served on President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board from 2009-2011, the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness from 2011-2013, the Homeland Security Border Infrastructure Task Force in 2012, and currently serves on the President’s Export Council and on the Board of the Barack Obama Foundation. In 2013, Robert was named as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance by Worth Magazine. Robert is currently engaged with numerous corporate and nonprofit organizations including: the Robert F. Kennedy Center, the Wharton School’s Undergraduate Executive Board, the UPenn Athletics Board, the Partnership for NYC and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a 1984 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a B.S. in Economics. While at UPenn, Robert played on the varsity football team that won IVY League Championships in 1982 and 1983.

Richard Park



Dr. Richard Park is board-certified in emergency medicine and completed his medical studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Park studied emergency medicine in the Long Island Jewish Medical Center's residency program, where he served as chief resident. He then worked as the Associate Program Director of the residency program in NS-LIJ's emergency department and was awarded the Teaching Attending of the Year Award by his residents in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Dr. Park was recognized as an expert educator, receiving a system-wide award in 2007. He then taught in the "Teach the Teacher" fellowship program.

Dr. Park is the author and co-editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill's Intensive Review of Emergency Medicine. He also educates both residents and attending physicians as the co-director of the NS-LIJ's Manhattan Board Review for Emergency Medicine. Dr. Park holds expertise in all facets of urgent care delivery and operation. His unparalleled education combined with his vision for delivering highly accessible, top-quality medical care has made CityMD the top urgent care in the NY metro area. Dr. Park lives on Long Island with his wife and two children.

Micah Kotch

Managing Director at URBAN X


Micah Kotch serves as the Managing Director for Urban-X: an accelerator by MINI and SOSV that makes equity investments in early-stage startups shaping the future of cities through technology, passion and design. Headquartered within A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Urban-X is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs turn compelling ideas into viable solutions for urban life. Micah previously served as the Director of NY Prize and Strategic Adviser for Innovation at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), where was responsible for the design and execution of the nation’s first community microgrid competition and worked to transform the electric utility business model and help commercialize new clean energy technology. He is the Founding Director of the Urban Future Lab and New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Resilient Economy (NYC ACRE), which is a critical axis for innovators to connect and develop new technologies essential to meet both city and state energy and environmental goals, as well as the demands of climate change adaptation and mitigation. During his time at NYU he also served as the Founding Director of the ‘Powerbridge NY’ proof of concept center, helping commercialize University research using the NSF i-Corp ‘Lean Launchpad’ methodology.

Toni Townes-Whistley

Corporate Vice President Worldwide Public Sector and Industry Microsoft


As corporate vice president of Worldwide Public Sector and Industry at Microsoft, Toni Townes-Whitley leads company strategy for driving digital transformation across public sector and commercial industry customers and partners in support of our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Her organization is responsible for defining industry-specific needs with engineering teams, including industry solution maps and reference architectures; defining industry solution selling go-to-market, supported by a robust first- and third-party portfolio; and cultivating a thriving ecosystem for partner-led industry solutions globally.

James Thurston

Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, G3ict


James Thurston is an international technology policy leader. As G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, he leads the design and implementation of new worldwide advocacy strategies and programs to scale up G3ict’s global impact. He has experience applying both technology and public policy to important social and economic challenges. He has led efforts ranging from using technology to promote the inclusion and human rights of people with disabilities around the world to using technology to increase the economic competitiveness of aging industrial centers in the United States. He has broad policy and management experience in both the private and public sectors and at the federal, state, and international levels of government. Prior to joining G3ict, Mr. Thurston was Director of International Accessibility Policy at Microsoft, where he developed and executed a worldwide strategy to expand the company’s outreach on disability and technology issues to governments and NGOs around the world. He has also served as a standards leader for an international technology industry association, an economic and technology advisor to a U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate, and a senior manager for a national technology and economic development initiative of the U.S. government. Mr. Thurston holds both a Master of Public Administration and an M.A. in East European Studies from the University of Washington, as well as a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Maine.

David Rothkopf

CEO and Editor of the FP Group


David J. Rothkopf is CEO and Editor of the FP Group, where he oversees all editorial, publishing, events, and other operations of the company, which publishes Foreign Policy magazine. David is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books, including Power, Inc., Superclass, Running the World, and National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear. His newest book, The Great Questions of Tomorrow, will be published in April 2017. He writes a weekly column for foreignpolicy.com, and is a frequent contributor to leading newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, CNN, Newsweek, Time, and many others. He is also the host of The Editor’s Roundtable (The E.R.) podcast, a weekly program that triages the big issues of the day. Additionally, David is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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The Brooklyn Navy Yard embodies the innovation, inspiration, and ingenuity transforming urban spaces around our city. Exhibitors have the rare opportunity to promote their technologies and services in a unique space ideal for crafting custom structures and creating participant experiences. The Yard has a number of exciting potential venues and potential tenant partners:


35,000 sq.

Capacity: 100-3,000 people. 

Waterfront performance and event space.


30,000 sq. ft.

Capacity: 100 - 800 people

Industrial event space with conjoined access to Duggal and Smart Cities NYC.


5,737 sq.

Cafe, terrace, multipurpose room & forecourt with picturesque views of Brooklyn and the Navy Yard.


35,000 sq.

Capacity: 100-3,000 people. 

Waterfront performance and event space.


30,000 sq. ft.

Capacity: 100 - 800 people

Industrial event space with conjoined access to Duggal and Smart Cities NYC.


5,737 sq.

Cafe, terrace, multipurpose room & forecourt with picturesque views of Brooklyn and the Navy Yard.

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