NYC Leaders Plan for Local Impact, Global Reach

Smart Cities present a lot of opportunities - and a lot of risk. How can governments, businesses, investors, and innovators plan effectively for the smart cities digital transformation to focus on local impact and global reach?

Venture Smarter's NYC Smart City Leadership Summit Speakers & Sponsors

On Tuesday, December 12th at the New York Bar Association, leaders from all different backgrounds will come together and explore how governments, businesses, investors, and innovators can plan effectively for the smart cities digital transformation to focus on local impact and global reach.

Collaboration will focus on connectivity, mobility, and resilience, and how we will leverage IoT and advanced technologies to optimize or replace our infrastructure and digital systems.  

NYC leaders from government, business and academia will break down barriers and share their experience at what has been formally titled, NYC Smart City Leadership Summit.

Featured speakers include:

  • Brian Platt, Chief Innovation Officer for Jersey City, NJ
  • Rhonda Binda, Co-Founder and Vice President of Policy for Venture Smarter
  • B.J. Mahal, Vice President of Urban Innovation & Smart Cities for Mastercard
  • Lara Croushore, Vice President and Director of Smart and Sustainable Cities for NYCEDC
  • Mitchell Kominsky, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Venture Smarter
  • Chris Rezendes, Founder and Managing Director of IoT Impact Labs

The goal of the summit is to facilitate conversation and draw awareness to the opportunities in the community that will drive social mobility and economic development while using technology as a tool to improve outcomes for people.  Jersey City's Chief Innovation Officer, Brian Platt attests saying “smart city initiatives must be designed with our communities in mind.  Technology is only effective at improving quality of life if it solves a relevant and important local issue.”

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Join experts from government and business in this thought leadership summit, as we explore setting Smart City Development Goals in New York City, throughout the region, and beyond.


about the speakers

Brian Platt

Brian Platt is the Chief Innovation Officer for Jersey City, NJ and helped create the Jersey City Office of Innovation in 2015 (thanks to a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies).

The office focuses on addressing Jersey City's most complex challenges utilizing a data driven, collaborative, community-based approach to problem-solving. Major projects include initiatives seeking to better support small businesses and mitigating local flooding and pollution of waterways through better stormwater management.

Brian previously worked for McKinsey & Company and as a kindergarten teacher with Teach For America. He completed his Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University and was recently included on the 2017 “Traeger List” as one of the top 100 local government leaders in the United States. Brian is extremely involved in the Jersey City community and is also the founder of Factual Uprising, a research and education tool providing easy access to information about key national issues.

B.J. Mahal

B.J. Mahal leads Smart Cities & Urban Innovation initiatives for Mastercard in North America. His efforts focus on working with municipalities, corporations, start-ups, academia, and non-profits to develop and bring to market solutions to help cities improve capabilities in areas such as: mobility, economic development, travel & tourism, digital payments and inclusive growth.

Previously, B.J. worked with global companies and governments as part of Monitor Deloitte’s Strategy practice helping organizations in the areas of: M&A, go-to-market, organizational design, and business unit strategy.  His earlier experience at Microsoft involved business development with states, cities, and the federal government to integrate cloud and advanced analytics technologies.

B.J. began his career serving in the U.S. Navy leading teams around the world in multiple combat theaters.  He holds a MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

LARA CROUSHORE

Lara Croushore is the Vice President and Director of Smart and Sustainable Cities for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She leads a 13-person team, developing strategy and implementing programs to promote job creation and economic growth in NYC’s sustainability, resiliency, and industrial sectors. Key programs include: Urbantech NYC, Futureworks NYC, and RISE : NYC.

MITCH KOMINSKY

Mitchell Kominsky is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Venture Smarter. Mitchell is leading the company's effort to build a platform, based on artificial intelligence, to help cultivate the Internet of Things ecosystem. 

Mitchell has served as a senior counsel for U.S. Senate Leadership on emerging technology, a Cybersecurity Counsel for U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and is the author of various cybersecurity laws. Additionally, Mitchell is a mentor at Matter.vc, a media-focused venture capital firm and accelerator based in San Francisco, California. Mitchell enjoys working with innovative teams and advises high-tech startups from seed stage to venture-backed companies with more than $30M in funding.

RHONDA BINDA

Rhonda Binda is VP Policy for Venture Smarter and Director of their Regional Smart Cities Initiatives. She has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division, and in the West Wing of the White House, under two administrations respectively. In between her government tours she practiced technology law with Alston & Bird. 

Binda most recently returned to her hometown and served as the Executive Director of the Jamaica Business Improvement District. Under her tenure, Governor Cuomo awarded Jamaica the #1 award state-wide for downtown revitalization, Jamaica was named #1 hottest neighborhood in NYC by the Wall Street Journal and won NYC’s SBS Neighborhood Challenge Grant. 

In 2016, she was Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year and named Community Leader of the Year by QCYD. Binda attended Duke and Oxford and received her JD from Georgetown.