Smart Regions Conference adds Mayor's Forum and Smart Infrastructure Challenge Pitch Presentations to 2018 event

The Second Annual Smart Regions Conference will take place on Thursday, October 25th (all day) and Friday, October 26th (morning) in Columbus, OH. 

The Second Annual Smart Regions Conference will take place on Thursday, October 25th (all day) and Friday, October 26th (morning) in Columbus, OH. 

SMART REGIONS CONFERENCE - COLUMBUS, OH - What are the biggest challenges faced by governments and technologists in the age of automation? How are they navigating social, financial, environmental, and technological hurdles? The 2018 Smart Regions Conference will bring together hundreds of leaders across agencies and sectors, and at all levels of government from around the country to dive into the intersection of technology, government, and community impact. Last year, more than 700 attendees and 100 speakers and panelists participated in the inaugural event. The conference is presented by Venture Smarter and and co-sponsored by Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, and hundreds of other organizations across agencies and sectors.

The one and a half day leadership conference is happening on Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th in Columbus, OH where collaborators were able to win the infamous USDoT Smart Cities Challenge Grant and where one of the first Smart Region Task Forces in the United States was formed. That very task force is also working to bring to life one of the first live Hyperloop systems in the world in collaboration with local, state, and regional partners that could connect Chicago - Columbus - Pittsburgh. Those leaders and more will share success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to create better places to live, work, and visit at the event dedicated to building the future of cities and regions.

Primary Event Focus Areas

  • Broadband, 5G, Wireless, and IoT

  • Resilient Infrastructure & Systems

  • Data, Analytics, AI, and Automation

  • P3s and Project Financing

  • Future Education and Workforce

  • Hyperloop

  • Smart Mobility

  • Smart Grid

  • Public Safety and Emergency Response

  • Smart Governance

  • Privacy and Security

  • Community and Social Impact

Smart Regions must focus on resilient planning. Resilience is a key pillar in smart planning, and that idea will be put front and center throughout the conference where speakers, panels, and presentations will explore smart city solutions beyond municipal limits and boundaries, where stakeholders are required to focus on multi jurisdictional coordination and collaboration while prioritizing cyber-physical security and privacy in planning. “These efforts won’t happen on their own, and they cannot be developed in silos.” Said Venture Smarter founder Zack Huhn.

In addition, the response teams from the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge will present their project pitches to the challenge judges and interested audience members ahead of award announcements and program features. Live audience and remote polling will happen in real-time as teams are competing for more than $50 million in project funding, financing, and other valuable resources - and of course, all of the glory.

Lastly, Smart Cities are not (yet) scientific. There are not (yet) thousands of use cases for comparison. Local and regional officials are forced to make decisions and plan in a way that has never been expected. They are racing to adapt policies and operations in line with the rapid evolution of technologies while fighting against strained municipal budgets. With these ideas in mind, the Friday Forums during the conference will bring together officials and executives to explore the changing landscape of smart government throughout open discussions.