Workshops

May 3rd

  • Collaborative Governance Towards a Fossil-Free Bay Area

    Stanford University: Sustainable Urban Systems + City of Palo Alto

    Location: Building 92

    11:30am - 1:00pm

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  • Governance and Civic Engagement: Intercity Collaboration

    Cities for Life: Let´s Co-Create

    Location: 1776

    11:30am - 1:00pm

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  • IDNYC: The transformative power of municipal ID

    IDNYC

    Building 92

    11:30am - 1:00pm

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  • Data-driven Insights on Urban Water Infrastructure

    Harvard School of Design: Zofnass

    Location: Building 92

    1:30 - 3:00pm

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  • Growing up Smart in NYC

    The NY Academy of Sciences

    Location: Building 92

    1:30 - 3:00pm

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  • Staying Dry Under the Point Cloud: How Communities Can Digitally Map Their Own Resilience

    BASF + Terreform ONE

    Location: Building 92

    1:30 - 3:00pm

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  • Anticipatory Urban Design for the Age of Autonomous Vehicles

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Design X

    Location: 1776

    1:30 - 3:00pm

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  • Using Behavioral Insights to Improve Public Policy

    The Behavioral Insight Team

    Location: Building 92

    3:00 - 4:00pm

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  • Pursuing Global Opportunities: How to Get Started

    International Trade Administration

    Location: Building 92

    3:00 - 4:00pm

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  • How Cleantech Enables Smarter Cities

    Urban Future Lab

    Location: Building 92

    4:30 - 6:00pm

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  • Urban Horizons: Visions for the Future City

    Civic Hall

    Location: Building 92

    4:30 - 6:00pm

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  • IGNITE NYC: Business Strategies for the City of Tomorrow

    Capalino + Company

    Location: Building 92

    4:30 - 6:00pm

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Collaborative Governance Towards a Fossil-Free Bay Area

DESCRIPTION
This workshop will present a series of regional and local urban systems challenges in the Bay Area, from housing and transportation to climate change and resilience, and introduce an analytical framework for holistic, accountable, and collaborative decision-making in municipal government. Participants will explore rich geospatial and historical datasets collected and prepared by the City of Palo Alto and evaluate the City’s progress towards sustainability goals. Then participants will roleplay as citizens of a local neighborhood and test collaborative governance tools, such as neighborhood dashboards and participatory budgeting, to experiment with community-led development, all the while reflecting on opportunities to replicate these results around the country.

FACILITATORS
Peter Pirnejad (City of Palo Alto)
Dr. Peter Pirnejad is Development Services Director at the City of Palo Alto. He is an award winning community development professional with over 18 years of experience in local government related to land use and is best known for leadership in civic technology, performance measurements, civic-engagement, leading policies around green and energy efficient buildings, implementation of data-driven lean government practices, and an ability to foster cross-jurisdictional teams with a focus on collaborative governance. Peter also serves in, and was formerly the president of, the League of California Cities Planning Department. Prior to Palo Alto, his career included work in the cities of Daly City (San Mateo County), Lodi (San Joaquin County), and Westlake Village (Los Angeles County). Peter currently holds a Doctorate in Planning, Policy, and Development and a Masters in Planning and Development Services both from the University of Southern California; his dissertation was on Collaborative Governance.

Derek Ouyang (Stanford University)
Derek Ouyang graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with dual Bachelor´s in Civil Engineering and Architectural Design, and in 2015 with a Master’s in Structural Engineering. He was project manager of Stanfords first-ever entry to the U.S. DOE´s 2013 Solar Decathlon and has been featured as an up-and-coming designer in the Los Angeles Times, in Home Energy magazine´s 30 under 30´s, and at TEDxStanford. He is Founder of Cloud Arch Studio, Co-founder of City Systems, and teaches design and engineering at Stanford’s Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative and architecture at the Nueva Upper School.

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Governance and Civic Engagement: Intercity Collaboration

DESCRIPTION
How can we collaboratively develop processes, capabilities and tools for citizen-centered co-creation initiatives, building on open innovation processes and intercity collaboration

In this co-creation session we seek to learn more about Cities for Life – the Open Innovation programme based on Citizen Co-Creation and City Collaboration. It was started by Ruta N and the municipality of Medellin in 2015 with the goal to address pressing urban challenges in an open and co-creative way. It is designed around three main pillars. 1) Co-Creation 2) Experience & Solutions 3) Collective Intelligence . The aim is to put citizens in the center of an open innovation process, and to explore ways to involve them throughout the entire process, from challenge identification, ideation, project formulation and experimentations.
We will be exchanging experience with Innovation and Open Data Labs from Medellin, Envigado (Colombia), Quito (Ecuador), Zapopan (Mexico, Guadalajara); Los Angeles among others.

FACILITATORS

Paola Pollmeier, Coordinadora Innovación Abierta, Ruta N, Municipio Medellin, Colombia

Andrés Aristizabala, Líder de Proyectos, Secretaria de Planeación, Municipio Envigado, Colombia

Giovanna De la Mora Gomez, Líder MiCiudad y Cities for Life Zapopan 2017, Municipio Zapopan, México

Enrique Crespo, Director LINQ, Laboratorio de Innovación, Municipio Quito, Ecuador

Felipe Arboleda, Diector Inspira Lab, Medellin Colombia

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IDNYC: The transformative power of municipal ID

DESCRIPTION
Join our workshop to learn about IDNYC, the innovative, record-breaking program offering free identification cards for all New York City residents. With over 1 million cards issued to date, IDNYC is the largest municipal ID program in the country. It benefits every City resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated—by offering peace of mind, access to City services, and exciting benefits. IDNYC is transforming how New Yorkers experience the City.

In this workshop we will cover:
· Purpose, structure, and successes of the program
· State-of-the-art technology used by the program
· Discussion of how the program enhances access, public equity, and cultural equity

FACILITATORS
Colette Samman
Colette is the Executive Director of IDNYC, overseeing all aspects of the program and ensuring its continued success. Before her appointment as Executive Director, Colette Samman, LCSW, was the Deputy Director of IDNYC and played an integral role in the program’s launch in 2015. Prior to that, she worked for 15 years with the homeless and criminal justice populations, most recently as Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health at Palladia, Inc. a large multiservice nonprofit organization. Colette has been an adjunct professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, and currently is a faculty advisor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

Jennifer Tavis
Jennifer joined the NYC Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS) in 2014 as Executive Director of IDNYC and is currently serving the agency as Senior Advisor for External Affairs. Jennifer directed the launch and oversaw the first year of operations for the IDNYC program. Prior to joining HRA/DSS, Jennifer worked as a consultant at Public Works Partners and Experis, project managing strategic initiatives in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Jennifer also worked for five years at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, starting as a project manager and later becoming the Assistant Commissioner in charge of operations for the Workforce1 Career Center system. Jennifer received a Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration from NYU Wagner and a B.A. from Barnard College.

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Data-driven Insights on Urban Water Infrastructure

DESCRIPTION
This workshop will present an analytical framework for data-driven insights on urban water infrastructure. Based on research developed at the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard GSD, participants will be introduced to a geospatial simulation tool for urban water systems, the use of drones for mapping infrastructure, and comparative sustainability analytics. The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to brainstorm similar applications in NYC and other cities. Priority will be given to discuss urban water challenges concerning the participants, and potential sustainable urban solutions. The goal is to introduce a framework that enables informed decision-making for stakeholders, including city officials, policymakers, real estate developers, and the general public.

FACILITATORS
Yannis Orfanos
Yannis focuses on the intersection of cities, infrastructure, and computation. He is a researcher at the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University, and the real estate & urban development curator at MIT Sloan’s Sustainability Initiative. Before Harvard, Yannis worked in international practices in London, Barcelona, and Athens, and successfully delivered large-scale urban projects, such as the new DHA City Karachi for 600,000 people. He has co-authored publications, and his most recent contribution is in Planning Sustainable Cities: An Infrastructure-based Approach (ed. Spiro Pollalis), published by Routledge. Yannis is an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP).

Judith Rodriguez
Judith is Research Associate and Program Administrator at Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University. She researches sustainability and resilience in developing contexts and landscapes through mapping and benchmarking large-scale infrastructure in the transportation, sanitation, and energy sectors. Ms. Rodríguez holds dual Master’s degrees from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and a Master in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) accredited by the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure, and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Cristina Contreras
Cristina is currently a Research Associate in the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University, where she oversees and coordinates the IDB Infrastructure 360º Awards in Latin America. Her work focuses on promoting sustainable practices in infrastructure projects on a global scale. Having been involved in sustainability for over a decade, before coming to Harvard, Ms. Contreras worked in large-scale construction projects. Ms Contreras is an accredited Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), she holds a Diploma in Technical Architecture and Building Engineering, both from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and a Master in Sustainability by Harvard University.

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Growing up Smart in NYC

DESCRIPTION
By 2050, 70% of the world’s children will be living in cities. Many urban children grow up with poverty, poor health, inadequate nutrition and “toxic stress” – all of which disrupt early brain development. The speakers will describe how cities, parents and communities can partner to address these problems, and how cities must coordinate services across sectors to improve the lives of their very youngest citizens. We will explore the science of early childhood development, NYC’s efforts to reach the most vulnerable children, and a new global network of cities created by the New York Academy of Sciences.

FACILITATOR
Gilles Bergeron
Gilles, PhD, Senior Vice President at the NY Academy of Sciences, and Executive Director of The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science — Dr. Gilles Bergeron has worked in international nutrition for more than 25 years. He combines his extensive experience in nutrition in the life cycle, food security, agriculture/nutrition linkages and monitoring and evaluation with a passion to translate scientific advances into field practice, and to travel the distance “from discovery to delivery” so that nutrition interventions are impactful and cost effective. Before joining the Sackler Institute, Gilles acted as founding member and Deputy Director of the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) project, where he spent 18 years overseeing work in policies and programs; nutrition and infectious diseases; maternal and child nutrition; and emergency nutrition response. Prior to joining FANTA, he spent 6 years as Research Fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and 3 years with the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama (INCAP) in Guatemala. He has operated in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and his work has been published in leading scientific journals such as The Lancet, Advances in Nutrition, World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, and Food and Nutrition Bulletin. He received his PhD in development sociology from Cornell University in 1994.

Sherry Cleary
Sherry is the Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at the City University of New York. She leads the work of a dynamic, intelligent, and passionate team dedicated to building systems to insure a highly effective early childhood workforce and programs known for their excellence. Sherry also co-chairs the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. Ms. Cleary has worked as a classroom teacher, a program administrator, and as both a faculty member and higher education administrator for 40 years. Sherry has served on several Boards of Directors and College Advisory Boards and has presided over national, regional, and state organizations.

Abigail M. (Jewkes) Velikov,
Abigail, PhD, is the Senior Director of the Early Childhood Health and Development Unit in the Division of Family and Child Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she is leading work focused on a holistic set of supports beginning at birth to ensure all young children thrive in nurturing environments. Previously she was faculty in early childhood and child development for over 10 years, and her research has been published in scholarly books and journals. She is an author of The Ounce Scale, a former journal editor and has served on the executive boards of national early childhood professional organizations. Dr. Velikov earned her PhD from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Staying Dry Under the Point Cloud: How Communities Can Digitally Map Their Own Resilience

DESCRIPTION
Five years after Hurricane Sandy, top-down flood resilience remains elusive for Red Hook, Brooklyn. This workshop looks at a new bottom up approach which combines social and technical methods to achieve community based resilience design.

The goal of this workshop to demonstrate a globally scalable, locally replicable method for communities to develop, test and ultimately advance their own flood resilience adaptation strategies. The first step is to engage members of a community to generate a point cloud of PHODAR data along with social surveys to create a realistic, virtual three-dimensional Digital City Model (DCM) of their neighborhood and its drainage infrastructure. Next, a hydrology model is applied to the DCM in order to identify drainage problem areas under a variety of weather and social scenarios. This information will be used by the community to identify the most pressing risks and hypothesize locally actionable solutions as adaptation designs.
Prof. Alex Washburn of the Stevens Institute of Technology and Research Associate Jason Beury are working with young adults from Red Hook to develop the model of drone mapping for community based resilience design. The project is funded by the Autodesk Foundation.

We will also have a panel presentation of the Red Hook Houses from Kohn Pedersen Fox, Olin Landscape, and Arup Associates.

FACILITATORS
Alexandros Washburn (Brooklyn Capital Partners)
Alexandros is president of Brooklyn Capital Partners LLC and the former Chief Urban Designer of New York City under Mayor Bloomberg. A community developer and expert in resilience, he is the author of The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience. His full career stretches from federal to local planning, combining equal parts politics, finance and design, the three forces that must be brought into alignment to change a city. Previous roles include staff to US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Partner of W Architecture, and President, Penn Station Redevelopment Corporation. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the winner of NY AIA Public Architect Award.

Joel W. May (BASF)
Joel W. May – Manager, Disaster Durable Solutions by BASF
Engineer, LEED Green Associate, FORTIFIED Evaluator, Disaster Durable Solutions™Program Manager, BASF Corporation. A multi-disciplined construction subject matter expert, engineer, constructor and building materials manufacturer who holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Development. In 2012, Joel created Disaster Durable Solutions for BASF’s Performance Materials Business. He is currently working on the front lines of mitigation with a world-class network of scientists, manufacturers and other experts who solve real-world building failures and produce solutions with finite, quantifiable results in the infrastructure, commercial and residential markets.

Vivian Kuan (Terreform ONE)
Vivian Kuan is Executive Director of the award-winning smart cities design group, Terreform ONE, and part time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design. Terreform ONE’s mission is to advance the socio-ecological future of cities. Vivian is dedicated to improving the future of our urban environment through ecological design, innovation, and interdisciplinary education. Previously working as an architect for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Vivian became interested in urban development and its connection to nature. Winning the Eidlitz Travelling Fellowship, she studied landscape design in Japan and China, where she later managed large-scale urban development projects in Hong Kong for real estate developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties. Vivian joined Terreform ONE to build upon the group’s design research work in smart cities and long standing commitment to environmental education. She earned an MBA/MA at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and B.Arch. from Cornell University.

Maria Aiolova (Terreform ONE)
Maria Aiolova is a leader in interdisciplinary education focused on smart cities and ecological design. She is the Co-Founder of Terreform ONE where she created ONE Lab, an experimental school that combines design and science in a singular curriculum. Maria was the Academic Director for Global Programs at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), where she created programs in Berlin, Barcelona, Prague, Shanghai, Cape Town and New York. She is an institutional adviser to New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She won the AIA NY Award for Urban Design. Most recently, she taught at University of Applied Arts Vienna, Pratt Institute and Parsons the New School for Design.

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Anticipatory Urban Design for the Age of Autonomous Vehicles

DESCRIPTION
Technological breakthroughs are rapidly advancing autonomous vehicle technology: prototypes are on the road today, new companies are forming, and novel car designs are emerging. Your current car may even be enabled with some degree of self-driving functionality. With these advances, society is warming up to the fact that driverless, electric, and (ideally) shared cars will be part of our mobility landscape sooner than we once thought. Carmakers, ride-sharing services, real estate operators and retail distributors are creating the technology to deploy and charge fleets. The ‘age of autonomy’ is fast approaching… but are cities ready?

This workshop will present technologies, trends, dangers and opportunities. We will challenge participants to collaboratively design their future: one where autonomous mobility systems augments urban design, planning, and civic life.

Participants will reimagine the city of the future in anticipation of autonomous mobility systems. They will brainstorm and collaboratively build rapid prototypes of new and smarter streetscapes, systems, building typologies and services that will accompany the biggest shift in urban mobility since the advent of the automobile.

FACILITATORS
Matthew Claudel
Matthew is a designer, researcher and writer. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the Sudler Prize – the highest award for creative arts. He has continued to work on applied research in architecture, innovation science, technology and art. He has been published widely, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow. Matthew has taught at MIT and the Politecnico di Torino e Milano, lectured at the Harvard Business school, was featured in the BBC Future series, serves on United Nation’s Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, and is an active protagonist of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89plus. Matthew is currently affiliated with the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science & Policy as a PhD student, and is a founder of DesignX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates innovation for the built environment.

Gilad Rosenzweig
Gilad is an architect and urban planner with almost two decades of experience in community development, public policy, technological innovation, and the design of things big and small. He is the executive director of DesignX – a new accelerator for ventures in design and the built environment in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. Gilad also founded Smarter in the City, a non-profit accelerator for high tech start-ups in Roxbury, an inner-city neighborhood of Boston. The mission of the accelerator is to connect more people from underrepresented communities into the tech sector and help spur economic development in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. He has worked on urban design and planning projects across the country, including district and master plans in Memphis, Reno, and in the greater Boston area. As an architect, he designed residential and commercial projects in Canada, Israel and the UK. Gilad is a graduate of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

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Using Behavioral Insights to Improve Public Policy

DESCRIPTION
The Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) is an international organization working on achieving social impact. Originally set up in the heart of the UK government as the world’s first policy unit dedicated to applying behavioral economics and psychology to improve public policy.

BIT is active across a wide range of areas at different levels of government in the US and around the world, BIT devises new ways to make the public service work better for the people it serves. Typically, we tackle small components of large issues—often involving ‘touchpoints’ or concrete interactions with the public—to drive change incrementally but quickly. For example, by making small changes to tax letters requesting payment, we brought forward an additional $300 million for the tax agency in the UK. By modifying SMS text messages sent out by a US city, we increased the number of low-income residents signing up for a free doctor’s appointment by 40%. By modifying an email invitation to prospective job candidates in the UK, we eliminated the race-based attainment gap in a police recruitment test.

This 2-hour workshop offers Smart Cities NYC´17 participants an introduction to BIT as well as a hands-on opportunity to use our methods to directly address a real-world policy challenge with insights drawn from the science of decision-making. Our workshop begins with an engaging 45-minute introduction to behavioral science and past examples of BIT’s work. The workshop will then transition to an interactive series of group activities focused on a specific policy challenge (e.g., how can get high school seniors from low-income households to apply to college?). Simulating our in-house creative process and our belief that people actually learn by doing, we facilitate group activities to brainstorm and assess ways to apply behavioral science to redesign a specific policy touchpoint with testable real-world implications.

FACILITATORS
Joanna Weill
Joanna is an Advisor with the Behavioral Insights Team, a social purpose company that draws on ideas from the behavioral sciences to redesign public services and empirically test those designs. Joanna works with mid-sized cities around the country through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Works Cities” initiative. Within this project she currently manages the “”Public Safety Cohort,”” a group of cities who are interested in increasing the diversity of their police forces. Previously, Joanna worked in the University of California, Santa Cruz’s office of Institutional Research and Policy Studies, conducted market research, and provided direct services to currently and formerly incarcerated men and women. She holds a PhD and MS in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she conducted research at the intersection of psychology and the law.

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Pursuing Global Opportunities: How to Get Started

DESCRIPTION
Join the U.S. Department of Commerce for an informative workshop on exporting Smart City products and solutions. Dr. Sokwoo Rhee, Associate Director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will address the critical topic of selecting an effective international business model. Next up, Susan Hettleman, Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, New York, will outline key steps to developing a successful export strategy. Ms. Hettleman will also review U.S. Commercial Service programs to help Smart City exporters connect with buyers around the world.

FACILITATORS
Sokwoo Rhee (NIST)
Sokwoo is Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is leading the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) which aims to create a replicable and scalable model for collaborative incubation and deployment of advanced technologies for smart cities including Internet of Things (IoT). He previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow on CPS, a program by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Susan Hettleman (USTDA)
Susan is a Commercial Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce. She currently serves as the U.S. Commercial Service liaison to the United Nations, advising US companies on UN procurement opportunities and procedures. Additionally, Ms. Hettleman sits on the International Trade Administration’s Smart City Task Force and provides export counseling to New York City companies in multiple industries including architecture, energy, engineering, construction, and environmental technology. Previously, she managed marketing teams at Time Inc, Random House, and American Express. She received her Master of International Affairs at Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts at Dartmouth College.

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How Cleantech Enables Smarter Cities

DESCRIPTION
Cities are at the center of a major transition to a more sustainable energy system. With high density comes inherent efficiencies but brings with it concurrent challenges to systems design and quality of life. This facilitated discussion will examine how new and emerging clean technologies are supporting and enabling a cleaner, more connected, and more equitable city. Teams will form around different cleantech verticals and workshop solutions around the challenges to urban growth and its impacts on energy and the environment. These include issues such as: LMI access to renewables; grid constraints and peak demand; resiliency; transportation and mobility; connectivity and data; and building efficiency and the construction industry.

FACILITATOR
Pat Sapinsley (Urban Future Lab @ NYU Tandon)
Pat is the Managing Director of Cleantech Initiatives at Urban Future Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. A LEED AP architect, Pat holds a Master’s in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has served on their Alumni Council. She is Co-Chair of the Committee on the Environment of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Board of Building Energy Exchange, a frequent lecturer and industry panelist, and an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council and Urban Green. Prior to joining UFL, Pat worked in venture capital at Good Energies and consulted with start ups in the building energy efficiency space. She was CEO of Watt Not a LED lighting consultancy. She brings 15+ years of experience in the industry, connecting start-ups to sources of funding, customers, and business mentors.

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Urban Horizons: Visions for the Future City

DESCRIPTION
One of the most effective ways to create change is to envision how the steps we take today will affect our future selves, our cities, and our planet. Join us to engage in rapid-fire brainstorming sessions as we break into teams and design a bold shared vision of the future of urban life 5, 10, and 20 years from now.

Participants will lend their unique strengths, contributing everything from artistic visualizations and designs to personal narratives that help us imagine a brighter, more sustainable and resilient future.

FACILITATOR
Peter Shanley
At Civic Hall, Peter’s team is responsible for connecting the dots within our community and curating meaningful and authentic opportunities for collaboration. Prior to joining, he spent a decade as a serial entrepreneur and strategic leader both inside of large companies (Yahoo! Brickhouse + HP Labs) and successful startups (Federated Media, Betable, Neo Innovation).
Before joining the private sector, Peter worked for TNDC.org in the trenches of the affordable housing movement. He combines a passion for social justice, deep experience across non-profit and Fortune 500 open innovation environments & expertise in modern methods and practices like Lean Startup and Agile/XP and helps leaders walk the path from Ideas to Impact.

Erin Simpson
Erin Simpson, Director of Programs at Civic Hall Labs. Erin Simpson joins Civic Hall Labs from a Fellowship on Microsoft’s Civic Team, where she ran community organizing efforts around open data and digital equity in the Chicagoland area. Prior to Microsoft, Erin founded and directed a volunteer-run digital strategy and web development consultancy for Chicagoland nonprofits and local government. Her past work includes civic innovation with the Clinton Foundation and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and policy interning for the White House Domestic Policy Council. Erin has advised on the execution of hackathons and venture challenges for Microsoft, the Chicago Innovation Exchange, the New York City Economic Development Council, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Her award-winning thesis on digital inequality investigated user experience in public computer centers in Chicago libraries and community centers. Erin is a Truman Scholar and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy with an emphasis on issues of inequality from the University of Chicago, where she graduated with top honors.

Howard Chambers
Howard Chambers is the Design Director at Makeable—focusing her work on the intersection between digital, place and people. Previously, she taught Visualizing Urban Change and Design Thinking at Parsons. Her projects have helped the Hudson River Park, Montreal UNESCO, Nissan, and Neo Innovations among others. She is the co-founder of the urban project that is Softwalks, began the mobile app, Micromoment. Her work has been featured in Architizer, PSFK, Inhabitat and won Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award in 2012. You can often find her biking in Brooklyn and over the Manhattan Bridge with her husband and daughter.

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IGNITE NYC: Business Strategies for the City of Tomorrow

DESCRIPTION
Whether you’re an established company or young innovation firm, doing business in New York’s public and private sector marketplaces can be extremely lucrative, but wrought with pitfalls. Join us for a workshop that encourages critical thinking about business-driven solutions to address urban development issues and explore how to compete and succeed in the New York market. Teams will identify, sell and/or launch a product or business that will disrupt incumbent industries in NYC and challenge existing public policy.

Participants will decide whether they go to market with, or without, the permission of local government, and learn about the risks and rewards of both strategies. Your approach will be discussed and critiqued by New York’s leading government relations consultants.

FACILITATORS
Tom Gray, Senior Vice President at Capalino+Company
Tom uses his experience in city government to assist clients in business development, procurement and RFPs. From 2011 to 2013, Tom Gray served as the Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. During his time with the Chamber, he was credited with leading the team that revived the sixty-five year old organization. While running the premiere business organization in the heart of Silicon Ally, he worked hand-and-hand with companies like Google, Foursquare, Tesla and other start-up technology firms to promote their missions.
Tom also helped give a voice to the business community and shape important public economic development projects like: NYU 2031, The Chelsea Market Expansion and the revitalization of the St. Vincents campus.

George Fontas, Executive Vice President at Capalino+Company
George has earned a reputation as an innovative public policy and government affairs strategist during his nine years at Capalino+Company. George’s work ranges from managing and advising on ULURP strategy, policy advocacy, and budget lobbying. During his tenure he has secured in excess of $60 million in public sector funding for various not-for-profit clients and successfully advised on more than 45 land use projects including: the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, the Chelsea Market Rezoning, Thor Equities’ Coney Island Rezoning, and Starrett Corporation’s citywide development portfolio.

Jeanne B. Mullgrav, Executive Vice President
Jeanne brings significant experience in both City and State Government and non-profit management to Capalino+Company. In her role as Executive Vice President, Jeanne oversees Capalino+Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group. In 2002, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Jeanne as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Youth And Community Development (DYCD). As New York City’s lead agency for administering youth and community programs, DYCD funds experienced community-based organizations that provide after-school programs, train young people for jobs and supports immigrants, among other goals. Previously, Jeanne served as Vice President for the After School Corporation and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the NYS Attorney General.

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May 4TH

  • Future-friendly Cities: Design, Co-creation, and Challenges

    NUMA and C40

    Location: Building 92

    9:15 - 10:45am

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  • Smarter Edtech: Making Connections in NYC

    Department of Education

    Location: Building 92

    9:15 - 10:45am

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  • Microsoft Digital Transformation Showcase Tour: Experience the Art of What´s Possible

    Microsoft

    Location: Duggal, Expo Floor, Booth 102

    9:15 - 10:45am

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  • Open-source Analytics for Today’s Smart Cities

    Mayor's Office of Data Analytics

    Location: Building 92

    11:00am - 12:30pm

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  • Managing the Rapid Proliferation of IoT and New Technologies

    Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation

    Location: Building 92

    11:00am - 12:30pm

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  • Leveraging Innovation Ecosystems to Scale Urban Tech

    CIV: LAB and City Digital

    Location: Building 92

    4:15 - 5:30pm

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  • When Smart Meets Human: The Nordic Model in Urban Development

    Nordic Innovation

    Location: Building 92

    2:00 - 3:30pm

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  • Smart(er) NYC: The City as an Incubator for Innovation

    Columbia University: School of International and Public Affairs

    Location: Building 92

    4:15 - 5:30pm

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Future-friendly Cities: Design, Co-creation, and Challenges

DESCRIPTION
How can cities accelerate urban problems solving with open innovation? How to become a future-friendly incubator of green business? C40 and NUMA are joining their forces to create open innovation programs gathering cities, citizens, startups and corporations, to solve cities of tomorrow issues.

In this workshop, you will learn how to get from an idea to an impact-driven urban challenge, using design thinking and startup acceleration methodologies. Join us to listen to startups learnings and experience, come with your ideas and co-create with us!

C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. Acting both locally and collaboratively, C40 cities are having a meaningful global impact in reducing both greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. C40 offers cities an effective forum where they can collaborate, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.

NUMA´s mission is to help mission-driven tech entrepreneurs solve the global challenges of 2030. In this respect, NUMA believes that the collaboration between cities, private organizations, entrepreneurial communities and citizens is key to create and accelerate innovative solutions towards smarter, more sustainable and more efficient cities.

FACILITATORS
Jonathan Walter, Head of Programs, C40
Eric Ast, Manager – Research Special Projects, C40
Clémence Fischer, Head of Smart City programs, NUMA
Margaux Salmon-Genel, Smart City Innovation Program Manager, NUMA
Aviva Markowicz, NUMA NY Director

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Smarter Edtech: Making Connections in NYC

DESCRIPTION
The Smarter Edtech panel will bring together the city´s most talented edtech entrepreneurs and their respective investors & collaborators. The panel discussion will highlight how these entrepreneurs leveraged unique assets of the local New York City ecosystem to address the country’s most pressing social impact challenges. Panelists will also share ideas on how we can think smartly about connections across communities and sectors to improve education.

FACILITATORS
Moderator: Preeti Birla

Miriam Altman, CEO & Co-Founder of Kinvolved
Miriam is the co-founder of Kinvolved, which has launched a movement to elevate student attendance by including families in education. KiNVO by Kinvolved, an app, enables K-12 school staff to access informative attendance data and to engage families through real-time, translated, text messaging. Miriam is co-leader of the preK-12 Collective Action Network for South Bronx Rising Together. She holds an MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, an MA, Ed., from Lehman College and a BA with Honors from Brown University. She was named Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2015 and received the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges in 2012

Alex Rappaport, CEO & Co-Founder of Flocabulary
Since co-founding Flocabulary in 2004, Alex has been responsible for defining the company’s strategic vision and building the business from the ground up. Founded on a mission of making learning engaging, relevant and accessible for students of all backgrounds, Flocabulary is currently used in more than 20,000 schools around the world. A regular author, speaker and mentor, Alex is also the creator of Big Idea Week, a community-driven STEM program for elementary and middle schools. Alex has a degree in music from Tufts University and lives in Brooklyn.

Chris Anzalone, NYC School Principal at Concord High School
Christopher began his work in education as a teacher of students with disabilities and then became assistant principal and program administrator of the Staten Island Young Adult Borough Center, a program for over-age & under credited students. He then transitioned to the principal of Concord High School, one on NYC’s Transfer Schools, that works to re-engage students in school, assist them in earning high school diplomas, and instilling college and career skills required of a 21st century graduate. Christopher holds a B.S. in Accounting, a M.S. in General and Special Education, and a M.S. in School & District Leadership.

Brandon Avrutin, Partner at Rethink Education
Brandon Avrutin is a Partner of Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on educational technology. He joined Seavest Investment Group in 2011 as an Investment Associate working on private equity and venture capital deals focused on technology investments in the education sector. Brandon received his B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from Middlebury College.

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Microsoft Digital Transformation Showcase Tour: Experience the Art of What´s Possible

As an attendee of Smart Cities NYC’17, be one of the first to experience a guided tour of the Microsoft Digital Transformation Showcase with hands-on demonstrations of technologies and solutions that are helping government and business leaders tackle some of society’s toughest challenges – improving the quality of transportation, making healthcare more accessible, boosting graduation rates, protecting citizens, and much more!

During this guided tour by Microsoft experts, you will explore several innovative solutions in action:

Safety: Empowering public safety and national security organizations to deliver a safer, more secure world.
o It’s all about connection – see showcase solutions that connect citizens and businesses to law enforcement, connect data in new ways to gain deeper insights and create actionable intelligence, and connect new devices that capture new kinds of data. Microsoft is leading a digital transformation to help law enforcement agencies drive safer citizens, communities, and responders.

Health: Empowering people everywhere to achieve optimal health, live healthier lives, and create value in their communities
o Experience AI-powered conversation health care tools that leverage conversational intelligence for smarter self-triage and information discovery with health bot technology and the Healthcare NExT initiative.

Government: Empowering Governments to realize economic growth, broaden social inclusion, promote environmental sustainability, drive good governance and achieve better citizen and business outcomes through digital transformation.
o We care about how people get from one place to the next – how that impacts their lives, their fellow travelers and their cities – and how it feels along the way. See how Cubic Transportation Systems are helping cities solve problems in transit revenue and transport management by providing integrated and open payment fare collection platforms, flexible and real-time transport management platforms, real-time passenger information, and analytics capabilities to build better, open, and scalable transit networks.
o Try on Microsoft HoloLens and experience HoloMaps™ – the first app of its kind for navigating through a holographic 3D model while simultaneously overlaying real-time data in a solo or shared experience. HoloMaps displays topography, infrastructure, and buildings in 3D while integrating data sources to bring contextually relevant information into the map.
o Cyber threats are all around us. From hackers causing mischief, to organized crime syndicates employing sophisticated financial ruses against institutions, businesses, and individuals. During this demonstration, experience how the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit is collaborating through public and private partnerships to track and trace the cybercriminals more efficiently.

Education: Empowering teachers to create immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, stimulating development of essential life skills and enable students to achieve more.
o During the tour you will experience first-hand how personalized student learning is engaging students, increasing student’s 21st century skills and meeting the needs of diverse learners. Learn how to create, organize and share dynamic notebooks rich with interactive content that provide multiple means of representation, engagement and expression. Use Microsoft Tools to make every learning experience personal by encouraging peer collaboration and interaction; scaffolding individual learning with student notebooks; and providing support, feedback, and encouragement from one simplified location.

Today, the speed of innovation is setting a new pace for progress and the wheel of advancement is picking up momentum. But continued progress depends on leaders, policy, and technology that can meet the critical needs of today and drive the innovation that will lead to what’s next. Working side by side with those who can drive powerful advancements for global good, Microsoft delivers the technologies they need to fulfill their missions. That way, they can serve as catalysts for real societal change. Our goal at Microsoft is to empower every individual and organization to achieve more. And at the core is digital transformation supported by a trusted, responsible, and inclusive cloud. When we unite to help all our communities reach their full potential, we all achieve more.

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Open-source Analytics for Today’s Smart Cities

DESCRIPTION:
Cities have been collecting data since the dawn of modern government administration in the form of tax bills, inspection records, fines, and violations. The past decade has seen a revolution both in the ways cities make use of data to improve the lives of their residents and the degree to which residents themselves can use data to explore and change their own communities.

In this workshop, the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) will show what’s “under the hood” when we work with City data. We will use open source tools and Open Data to showcase how to better understand New York City through the data it produces, and how MODA uses the very same methods to make City operations faster, more efficient, and more equitable. As part of the workshop, MODA team members will facilitate a group case study in participants will collectively explore New York City’s buildings using data available on the NYC Open Data Portal.

Case Study: How many ways can you count buildings in New York City?

There’s more than one way to count a building. If you work for a municipal government, it depends who you ask – or rather, how you ask the question. Several New York City government agencies collect and act on data about buildings across the city. Depending on an agency’s operational need, a building can be represented in elevator inspections or air rights; emergency exits or construction permits; tax lots or tenant demographics.

MODA is New York City’s ideas incubator for operational analytics. Its mission is to promote creative analytical thinking across City government and improve how data is used in government operations. MODA partners with City agencies to create, test, and improve models that deliver measurable value to services.

FACILITATORS:
Simon Rimmele – Analytics Associate, MODA
Simon spent several years in the financial sector, focusing on multi-asset market risk management at McKinsey & Company’s Investment Office before joining the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. His role as an analytics associate can also be described as a “data therapist” for agency partners and their operations. Simon holds a BA from Columbia University and is currently working towards his MA in Quantitative Methods.

Mitsue Iwata – Project Manager, MODA
Mitsue joined the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics in late October 2016. In her role as project manager, she has engaged with citywide agencies in developing common data sharing tools and practices. Before joining MODA, she worked as a fellow for the Mayor’s Office of the City of Chicago where she worked with their Department of Innovation and Technology and on the City’s language access policy. She holds a BA from Hunter College and an MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

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Managing the Rapid Proliferation of IoT and New Technologies

Description:
By 2020, it is estimated that the number of connected technologies, commonly known as the Internet of Things, will exceed 50 billion.
When used effectively, these devices—like sensors that measure air pollution or lights that only turn on when someone is in the room—can produce cost savings, bolster civic engagement, and strengthen public health and safety. As cities move towards the future, municipal leaders must also be cognizant of—and actively mitigate—the challenges and risks raised by these technologies, most notably in areas of public privacy and security.
This workshop will showcase efforts by NYC, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Chicago and leading cities to responsibly manage and accelerate adoption of IoT and new technologies.

Presenters:
Jeff Merritt, Director of Innovation for the City of New York
Jeff Merritt helped establish the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation and coordinates NYC’s smart city efforts, including the testing and deployment of IoT and new technologies. He holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University and more than 15 years of leadership experience driving social change in the public sector. Highlights include helping organize the first entirely online public election in U.S. history, laying the groundwork for the world’s largest, fastest municipal Wi-Fi network, and leading the creation and adoption of new guidelines and tools to promote the responsible and equitable expansion of the Internet of Things.

Ger Baron: Chief Technology Officer for the City of Amsterdam
Ger Baron’s professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM), specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Mr. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr. Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.

Ruthbea Yesner Clarke: Global Director of IDC’s Smart Cities practice
Ruthbea Yesner Clarke is the founder and Global Director of IDC’s Smart Cities practice which provides research and consulting on the strategy and execution of emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, and mobility, and best practices such as governance, innovation, Open Data, partnerships and business models essential for Smart City development. Ms. Clarke joined IDC following work at Internet start-ups in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, she worked in state social services as a director of programs serving young adults diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Andrew Watkins: Former ‎Managing Director of Strategy at Chicago’s UI LABS
At UI LABS in Chicago, Andrew Watkins led the standup of City Digital, a public-private partnership focused on data and the built environment. Working with industry, universities, startups and the cities, City Digital focuses on piloting new technology and business models to solve the most pressing urban problems. Prior to UI LABS, he worked at Accenture focused on enterprise transformation.

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Leveraging Innovation Ecosystems to Scale Urban Tech

DESCRIPTION
The Urban Innovation Workshop will convene the world´s best talent currently supporting, incubating, and accelerating urban technology startups. The workshop will center around Urban Innovation Hubs (UIHs) defined as urban technology accelerators, incubators, proof-of-concept centers, and innovation ecosystems. It will highlight successful urban innovation strategies and convene urban innovators from around the world to discuss best practices and provide deal flow opportunities for a range of global stakeholders.The Workshop will leverage the successes of the NYCEDC´s UrbanTech NYC and system of innovation along with Chicago´s UI Labs and City Digital. These ecosystems support early stage urban tech companies at the Urban Future Lab, later stage hardware at the New Lab. later stage software Grand Central Tech.

This workshop has the goal of providing a forum for discussion and knowledge sharing, catering to the urban innovation community, ultimately leading to dealflow opportunities for participating startups. The Workshop will end with the discussion around a virtual incubator network, connecting each UIH participant and further discussing the opportunities for private sector companies to partner with incubators and early stage startups.

FACILITATORS
Steve Fifita, Executive Director, City Digital

Sander Dolder, NYCEDC

Katie Olson, City Digital
Katie Olson is the Director of Program Design at UI LABS. Part of UI LABS’ founding team, Olson helped the company grow to over 50 staff and 200+ corporate, civic, nonprofit and academic partners in under two years. She led the launch of City Digital, UI LABS’ urban infrastructure innovation program, which now features a portfolio of cutting-edge technology solutions such as underground infrastructure mapping and smart green infrastructure monitoring.
Prior to UI LABS, Olson implemented the Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s coordinated effort to assess and expand Chicago’s economy, at World Business Chicago. As the Plan’s “Neighborhood and Place-Based Assets” Strategy Manager, she developed initiatives to accelerate small business growth, increase broadband access and adoption, leverage recent transit investments for economic development, and build the capacity of anchor institutions’ supply chains. Olson also served in the Mayor’s Office as a Fellow in 2011. Before coming to Chicago, Olson worked for The Reinvestment Fund, a Philadelphia-based community development financial institution.

Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri, Civ:Lab and Global Futures Group
Simon is a Managing Partner and the Chief Innovation Officer at Global Futures Group spearheading products and programs driving urban innovation. He is a Strategic Advisor to the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration on Smart Cities. Simon is an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. He is the Founder of Urban Data NYC – NYC’s largest smart city Meetup (+1,000 members). Simon served on the founding group of the UN’s Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network. Simon earned an MS in Global Affairs from NYU where he was the O’Mara Energy Fellow. He holds an MSc in International Business Economics from the Westminster Business School.

Eric Verkerke, Civ:Lab and Emergence Creative
Eric is Global Futures Group´s Communication Director. He is also Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Emergence Creative. Eric brings entrepreneurial and scientific insight to create strategies to engage a modern global audience. Eric led innovative strategy and accounts for Coca-Cola and other major clients while at McCann Global Health. He helped found and build a startup medical device company which delivered affordable technology to the developing world. Prior to venturing into social enterprise, he worked in science journalism for National Public Radio and Cal Tech, agricultural research for Oxford University, and consulted on new media, business, and research. Throughout his career, Eric has distilled complex scientific and business ideas into clear and powerful stories.

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When Smart Meets Human: The Nordic Model in Urban Development

DESCRIPTION
Nordic Built Cities Challenge is one of the most ambitious Nordic urban development competitions ever held, focusing on innovative solutions to some of the greatest urban challenges. In this session, the top-3 winners from the competition will be presented.

Co-op City creates public spaces acting as catalysts for economic activity, social interaction and sharing. It present innovative, and yet realistic, solutions for circular economy, joint building ventures, co-creation and communal living.

Eyes of Runavík creates a strong architectural typology where steep landscape is a crucial living condition. The concept is based on groups of houses forming a circle around a central space, generating a protected microclimate on the inside.

Soul of Nørrebro is applying climate adaptation as a lever for holistic solutions of excellent architectural quality, based on the hydrological and biological conditions. Rainwater is used as a resource to create urban nature that everyone can use and relate to.

FACILITATORS
Jussi Murole is CEO and partner of B&M Architects Ltd, practising contemporary architecture, urbanism and development. The office in Helsinki, Finland, employs architects and urban planners and collaborates with consultants on engineering, landscape architecture, traffic planning and sustainability. B&M Architects has had projects in 17 countries and won prizes in more than 30 international architectural competitions.

Mette Skjold is CEO of SLA, creating modern, adaptable cities that inspire community and diversity through innovative use of nature, design, sustainability and technology. The projects solve some of today’s hardest urban problems while creating genuine amenity values for all. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, SLA forms a multidisciplinary architectural lab that constantly strives to challenge and expand the boundaries of urban space, city planning and landscape architecture.

Mikkel Thams Olsen is Creative Leader at White Architects, one of the leading architectural firms in the Nordic countries. As pioneers in the environmental area, White’s projects are visionary examples of sustainable architecture. Innovative solutions can be delivered thanks to the proprietary White Innovation Process (WIP), a method to attain the best and most sustainable solutions in interplay with all stakeholders.

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Smart(er) NYC: The City as an Incubator for Innovation

DESCRIPTION
The Smart(er) NYC Research Group, composed of scholars from 11 different universities and research institutes, is developing a series of case studies to map the ecology of innovation across New York City management agencies. More specifically, these case studies highlight four cross-cutting themes: (1) inter-agency connectivity and collaboration, (2) technology and real-time data collection, (3) responsiveness and decision-making, and (4) results and impact. The cases will be published by Columbia University Press and in this workshop we’ll use our new Vision Zero case study to discuss how the city administration is innovating from within and how lessons learned can be replicated to other cities.

FACILITATORS
André Corrêa d’Almeida
André, Ph.D., M.Sc. is the creator of the “”Smart(er) NYCitywide Research Group”, co-directs the School of International and Public Affairs’ and Earth Institute’s Master of Public Administration in Development Practice where he created and leads the Development Practice Lab. He is also the author of “”Smart(er) New York City: Data, Technology and Life in the City” (Columbia University Press, 2018). He has twenty years of entrepreneurial, management, academic, and leadership experience with applied multidisciplinary programs, teaching, research and consultancy carried out in the U.S., Europe, Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and China.

Find him at @AndreCdAlmeida.

Arnaud Sahuguet
Arnaud, Ph.D., is a technologist and entrepreneur with a passion to invent, architect and build products that leverage technology to solve meaningful problems and have a large social impact. He is currently Director of The Foundry at Cornell Tech. He has more than 15 years of experience doing research and product development at NYU Governance Laboratory (GovLab), Google, and Bell Labs.

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May 5TH

  • The Innovators Forum: Innovation Models for Smart Cities

    Harvard University: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Location: Building 92

    9:30 - 11:00 AM

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  • NYC BlueTech

    Department of Environmental Protection

    Location: Building 92

    9:30 - 11:00 AM

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  • Toward a Low Carbon Future: Tapping Our Urban (Bio)Gas Supplies

    Energy Vision

    Location: Building 92

    11:45am - 1:15pm

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  • Geothermal for Commercial Buildings: 40% heating and cooling energy reduction

    Consulate of the Netherlands

    Location: Building 92

    11:45am - 1:15pm

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  • Smart Cities in Emerging Markets: Structuring a Successful P3

    US Trade and Development Agency

    Location: Building 92

    1:15 - 2:45pm

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The Innovators Forum: Innovation Models for Smart Cities

DESCRIPTION
Most Smart City discussion start with a discussion about a new technology or a new insight to a source of data. Rarely do they start with the idea, “”How do cities innovate.”” This workshop leverages the work of the Technology and Entrepreneurship at Harvard and city CIOs and CTOs to understand what innovation models are possible, what is working and what the future holds. In this workshop we will hear from leading experts and cities on their innovation models for Smart Cities and examples of what has worked, and also of what hasn’t. The workshop will be a guided discussion with short presentation, panel and open questions for all participants to engage in the discussion. An understanding of the role of innovation in smart city space and a deeper understanding of the state and opportunities for innovation in Smart Cities.

FACILITATOR
Dr. David S. Ricketts, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard
For the past decade, Dr. Ricketts, together with his colleagues at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (TECH) at Harvard, has taught the next generation of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerbergs how to create disruptive innovations. David has partnered with some of the world’s leading organizations, such as General Motors, Disney Research and the U.S. Military, to create breakthrough innovations. These innovations have been featured in: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News as wells as ESPN, Smithsonian Innovation and Popular Science. He has held appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and North Carolina State University. Today, David shares his insights in to how you can create disruptive innovations and accelerate innovation in your career and your organization.

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NYC BlueTech

DESCRIPTION
The “NYC BlueTech” panel discussion, led by industry experts at the local and international level, will take a deep dive into current innovative water initiatives and the concept of integrated water management. Integrated water management promotes increased operational efficiency of urban water systems, enhanced livability for our communities, and resiliency against climate change, improved land use practices, and greater protection of public health. Specific focus areas will include demand management and projections, climate science and resiliency, land use assessment for stormwater management, and development of associated policy, public communication approaches, partnership, and peer-to-peer learning to bring global innovators together and promote new, cross-sectoral approaches to water management in New York and in the world’s urban areas.

The mission of NYC BlueTech is to develop, adapt, import and export sustainable water management ideas and technologies through coordination across government, private sector, non-profit and academic leaders. The NYC BlueTech Panel Hub is intended to start the conversation about why New York City should strive to become a center for the incubation and deployment of sustainable water management technologies by bringing together water experts from multiple sectors of the water industry to discuss prominent water management topics, opportunities and challenges.

FACILITATORS
Alan Cohn | NYC DEP
Alan is Climate Program Director at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, where he develops cost-effective strategies to advance resiliency and prioritize investments in water resource management. He leads efforts on flood protection, coordinates national and international climate resiliency initiatives, promotes green approaches to drainage and water quality improvement, and advances studies of climate change impacts on water supply, storm water management, and wastewater treatment.

Klaus Lehn Christensen | Danish CleanTech Hub
Klaus is the Project Director of Danish Cleantech Hub and responsible for partnerships and outreach, conferences, workshops, delegation visits and market analysis. Mr. Christensen has a public and private sector background with a focus on cleantech. Before relocating to New York in 2014, he worked with Smart Cities for Denmark’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, and was co-founder of an export consultancy focused on Danish public-private cleantech solutions for the US market.

Carter Craft | Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
Carter is a Senior Economic Officer at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. He is an urban planner with more than twenty years of experience specializing in water, transport, and land use issues in and around New York City. Carter’s efforts include a range of innovations in public policy and project, including the creation of the New York City Council Waterfronts Committee and a “”water use”” plan for the East River along Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Kristin Bell | NYC EDC
Kristin works at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where she develops and manages ecosystem-building programs that support urban innovation in cleantech, waste systems, and water management. By leveraging NYC’s position as a global hub for tech and innovation, Kristin believes the transition to make our urban systems more sustainable and resilient can lead to impactful local economic opportunity and quality of life improvements.

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Toward a Low Carbon Future: Tapping Our Urban (Bio)Gas Supplies

DESCRIPTION
More and more cities across the world recognize that the organic “waste” we generate is in fact a valuable renewable energy and nutrient resource. As these materials break down, they produce a potent mixture of methane and carbon dioxide known as “biogas”. If unmitigated, biogas emissions are a major climate liability, but if captured, biogas can be used to generate power, heat homes or — if refined and compressed — fuel vehicles. Moreover, if separately collected and processed at wastewater treatment facilities or dedicated anaerobic digesters, the remaining “biosolids” can be used as nutrient-rich compost and soil amendments.

This Smart Cities workshop will address the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for sustainably managing municipal organic waste, with a special focus on the two valuable products that can be created from this waste stream: carbon-neutral biogas and nutrient rich compost.

FACILITATORS
Matt Tomich, Moderator
Matt is president of New York-based environmental research group Energy Vision. Since joining the organization in 2012, his focus has been on the advancement of emerging commercial non-petroleum transportation options. His work has included research and outreach on major biogas-to-vehicle fuel initiatives in the North American dairy, landfill gas, wastewater, residential and commercial waste sectors. He has co-authored five Energy Vision reports and his research and writing have been featured in numerous publications.

Pam Elardo, Panelist
Pam joined the New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment (BWT) in May 2016. DEP is responsible for the largest municipal wastewater utility in North America, protecting public health and the environment for over 8.5 million customers primarily through operating and maintaining 14 wastewater treatment plants and associated facilities. Pam has also worked on water and sanitation issues with Asia Development Bank, the World Bank, the Living Earth Institute (LEI), and other non-profit organizations.

Chris Cavanagh, Panelist
Chris is Director of New Markets at National Grid

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Geothermal for Commercial Buildings: 40% heating and cooling energy reduction

DESCRIPTION
In its 80by50 vision New York City focusses to fully utilize geothermal heating and cooling to reduce (peak) energy consumption by buildings. To lower the barrier for adoption New York City is launching a web-based screening tool that gives a first assessment of feasibility on a building and block level. These tools have been very effective in other urban areas, such as the Netherlands, which has fully commercialized renewable heating & cooling. In this interactive workshop we combine the City efforts with the real-life commercial experience of both Dutch and US based property developers.

FACILITATOR
Gerwin is the founder of Over Morgen, a consultancy firm focused on using Big Data to solve Urban problems. Over Morgen developed the Heat-Cold map for multiple European and North American cities as an effective tool for cities and developers to implement heating and cooling technologies.

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Smart Cities in Emerging Markets: Structuring a Successful P3

DESCRIPTION
By 2050, 70% of emerging market populations are expected to live in cities. How will smart cities in emerging markets prepare for and fund this growth?

In this session, expert facilitators will present a case study of an ongoing smart city infrastructure project in India. Participants will provide recommendations on structuring the project to ensure a net gain for the city and a profit for industry. Input from participants will be featured in USTDA´s feasibility study analysis, as well as presented to the city.

The goal of the workshop is to foster long-term commercial and knowledge-based partnerships to advance India’s smart city development. We invite you to join us to meet new partners and lend your expertise to an ongoing smart city project!

FACILITATOR
Ms. Enoh Ebong serves as Acting Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which helps U.S. businesses create jobs through the export of goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. Ms. Ebong has served in a number of positions at the Agency including, Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa, Deputy General Counsel, General Counsel, Deputy Director, and now Acting Director.

Prior to joining USTDA, Ms. Ebong practiced law at the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in the area of business and finance.

Ms. Ebong received her undergraduate degree from The University of Edinburgh, her Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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