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Jun 9, 2016

The Smart Cities Forum will bring together an exclusive group of leaders who are building cities that minimize resource use and make it easy for residents to live and move. We invite you to join startups, public officials, investors, corporations, and nonprofit executives who are shaping the cities of tomorrow.


The day will begin with a fireside chat featuring Kris Van Cleave, transportation correspondent at CBS News, and Anthony Townsend, author of Smart Cities and advisor to Sidewalk Labs. Then we’ll hear from startups that are re-imagining elements of urban life like searching for an apartment or traveling between cities. Following lunch, we’ll engage with officials from around the world who are positioning their cities to embrace technological change.  Throughout the day participants will have opportunities to engage in group discussions and meet other leaders in the room.

The Challenge Cup Semifinal Competition and Gala follow the Smart Cities Forum, starting at 5:00 pm. Through your attendance at the Forum, you will receive a VIP badge to attend the rest of the week’s events as well as access to the VIP-only areas and special receptions.

Featured organizations attending:

African-American Mayors Association
Arlington County, Virginia
Aspen Institute
Avalon Bay
Bread for the City
City Innovate Foundation
City of Portland, Oregon
District of Columbia Mayor’s Office
Fontinalis Partners
General Motors
Global Automakers
Harvard Business School
Inter-American Development Bank
ITS America
Kiddar Capital
Montgomery County, Maryland
National League of Cities
New Orleans Business Alliance
Radiator Labs
Sidewalk Labs
Urban Land Institute
US Department of Transportation
US State Department
The White House
The World Bank


  • 5/24/16 9:00 am -5/24/16 9:30 am Breakfast
  • 5/24/16 9:30 am -5/24/16 9:45 am Opening Remarks from David Zipper, Managing Director for Smart Cities at 1776
  • 5/24/16 9:45 am -5/24/16 10:45 am Fireside Chat: Anthony Townsend, advisor to Sidewalk Labs & author of Smart Cities and Kris Van Cleave, CBS News
  • 5/24/16 10:45 am -5/24/16 12:00 pm Entrepreneur quick pitches: Hyperloop, SeamlessDocs, and NoAppFee, followed by panel and Q&A
  • 5/24/16 12:00 pm -5/24/16 1:00 pm Lunch
  • 5/24/16 1:15 pm -5/24/16 2:30 pm Lightning talks from city leaders laying the groundwork for the future: Chief Innovation/Digital Officers from Boston, Detroit, and Pittsburgh
  • 5/24/16 2:30 pm -5/24/16 4:00 pm Discussion small groups: Overcoming the obstacles to building smart cities. Led by Jennifer Bradley, Director of the Aspen Institute's Center for Urban Innovation.
  • 5/24/16 4:00 pm -5/24/16 5:00 pm Afternoon Cocktails & Networking
  • 5/24/16 5:00 pm -5/24/16 5:00 pm Transportation to Challenge Cup Semifinals with Cities & Transportation Startups