A Look Inside the Second Annual Smart Regions Conference #SRC18


Join leaders from across the United States for the Second Annual Smart Regions Conference at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus on October 25th and 26th, 2018. The day-and-a-half event is designed for urban, suburban, and rural communities of all sizes to connect directly with trusted partners, discover and explore new ideas, and identify available resources. Attendees will also learn directly from industry experts who are actively working to research, plan, fund, and deploy smart technologies, strategies, and policies to create better places to live, work, and visit.  

The event is unique in that each stakeholder -- from researchers and decision makers to project managers and citizens -- is invited to attend and play an active role in the regional collaboration and multi-jurisdictional cooperation that is required to navigate the ever-changing social, financial, environmental, and technological challenges we face today.

Community members will tune-in to watch Shark Tank-style pitches - and arguably more important - VOTE for their region’s leading public-and-private-sector partners competing in the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge. Federal agencies, such as DHS S&T (Science and Technology) and Department of Commerce’s NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration), and private capital partners, such as Smart City Capital and Smart City Infrastructure, will be represented with $50 million in project financing, funding, and other valuable resources readily available.

Worldwide standard development organizations, such as IEEE, NIST, and GCTC, will deliver presentations on tools and processes for best practices. Research Institutions, universities, and laboratories - who are looking for partners to collaborate on potential projects - will share the latest findings in their active studies.

End users, such as municipal agencies and first responders groups, will share challenges, hurdles, and stories about how they handle everyday operations, and finding ways to utilize technology and empower community collaboration to solve challenging problems, like the opioid crisis. There will be a diverse balance of solution providers who offer various products and services and grass-roots organizations, who will share problems they’ve identified and innovative ideas to ensure smart city solutions create new opportunities for all people, regardless of socioeconomic or physical barriers.

What is your role in building smart cities, regions and industries? Which stakeholders are you looking to connect with at #SRC18? Register today and get to know them well ahead of the event!

Several media partners will be covering the event and programming including Scoop Media Group, Industry dive, American Inno, etc. If your affiliated media group is interested in free media passes or connecting with leaders at the event, please let our Program Director, Jamie Sordo, know by sending a brief note to hello@smartregions.org.