ASU Smart Region Summit

Event Details

Arizona State University Technology Office,
October 30, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Armstrong Great Hall - Beau Center
Open to the Public

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As the culmination and exclamation point of a week of exciting conversations, the Smart Region Summit is a day-long event that surfaces the big ideas and highlights the strategic partnerships that will bring our cities and regions into the future. ASU's Chief Financial Offer, Dr. Morgan Olsen, will set the stage by announcing new partnerships and opportunities. Global Futures Group Co-Founder and CEO Jerry Hultin will then kick off the activities/discussions with a keynote address on “The Global State of the Smarter City Movement.”  Lastly, author Ben Green (PhD Candidate, Harvard University) will also speak to his new book, Smart Enough Cities, amid discussions about partnerships, digital equity, leading smart city practices, and more.

Join us for the substance from 8 AM to 4:15 PM, and then for the cap-off reception from 4:15 to 8 PM, to contribute to the movement defining how we interact with our cities and each other. 



7:30 AM - 8:00 AM  Registration + Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast as we get ready for an exciting day.
8:00 AM - 8:15AM Welcome: Duke Reiter, Executive Director of University City Exchange kicks off the day.
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Special Announcements & Spotlight on Partnerships: Part I : Dr. Morgan Olsen will introduce partnerships regarding smart regions and enabling technologies through a special announcement by Consortium Founding Industry Members.
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Keynote: Jerry Hultin, Co-founder and CEO of Global Futures Group, presents  “The Global State of the Smarter City Movement.”
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote: Ben Green: Ben Green, author and Harvard University PhD Candidate presents on the themes in his book Smart Enough Cities. (A crossover event with ASU’s Technology in the Public Interest: An Author Series)
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM  Break
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Digital Equity Panel : 
Traci Morris, Director, ASU, American Indian Policy Institute 
Karen Mossberger, Professor, ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Angela Siefer, Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
11:00 AM - 11: 30 AM Greater Phoenix Smart Cities Consortium Panel:
Diana Bowman, Assoc Dean (ACD) & Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor Law School
Stephane Frijia, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Dominic Papa, Executive Director & Co-FounderInstitute for Digital Progress and Vice President, Arizona Commerce Authority
Amy St. Peter, Deputy Executive Director, Maricopa Association of Governments
11:30 AM- 11: 45 AM Consortium Investors
Chico Hunter, Manager, Salt River Project
Rob Silverberg, SLED Strategist, Dell Technologies
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Leading Smart City Practices Panel: 
Bas Boorsma, Managing Director, Cities Today Institute
Diana Bowman, Assoc Dean (ACD) & Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor Law School 
Aaron Deacon, KC Digital Drive
Andrew Ko, Managing Director of Global Education, AWS
Glenn Ricart, Founder CTO US Ignite, Washington
Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Dallas Innovation Alliance
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch + “Birds of a Feather” activity: Enjoy lunch and connect with smart region changemakers based on shared missions.
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Spotlight on Partnerships: Part II : Smart regions and enabling technologies through a special announcement by Consortium Founding Industry Members.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Facilitated Roundtable Discussions Featuring:
Duke Reiter, Executive Director of ASU University City Exchange and Josh Nisbet, Director, US Government Markets, Deloitte 
  • Recycling/Waste Management
  • Mobility/Air Mobility
  • Water
  • Opp Zones/Smart Cities
  • Broadband/Fiber, Rural Communities
  • Urban Data Exchange
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Closing Remarks: Duke Reiter, Executive Director of ASU University City Exchange
4:15 PM - 7:00 PM Celebration of Smart Regions: Closing Reception: Stay for food, games, and general merriment as we cap off an amazing week together.

For more information and to register for all events in this series, please visit the full calendar of events

The Smart Region Summit and this milestone week of events wouldn’t be possible without the ASU University Technology Office’s incredible partners:

  • Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Arizona Energy Consortium
  • Arizona Institute for Digital Progress
  • ASU University City Exchange (UCX)
  • Center for Smart Cities and Regions at ASU
  • Cities Today
  • Deloitte
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
  • Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU
  • Maricopa Association of Governments
  • Meeting of the Minds
  • Plus Alliance
  • US Ignite