Connected Cities Northwest

Using Technology to Connect Society

This event will explore how social interactions can be improved through Connected Cities Northwest. The past decade has seen a rise in the number of different communication outlets. Many of these outlets were founded on the premise of increasing the quality and the connection of human interaction. In short, many of these outlets were designed to strengthen human bonds. Yet, it is uncertain if these solutions have delivered on this promise. We will also explore family lifestyles and peer to peer business interactions to better understand how the next wave of technology innovations will strengthen social interactions, increase family bonds, and reunite neighborhoods around human interaction.


Greta Knappenberger

Presenter Greta Knappenberger
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Greta Knappenberger is Smart Cities Leader for Verizon.

Greta drives the strategy, alliances, solution and technology advocacy, as well as go-to market efforts for Verizon's smart city offerings. Greta has worked in Smart Cities for nearly a decade, joining iSoftStone as North American Smart Cities Director, and has managed large smart city initiatives, bridging both the public and private sectors.

Greta brings with her over sixteen years of experience in the IT industry, having consulted for several Fortune 500 organizations, including Microsoft, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

Stan Curtis

Presenter Stan Curtis
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Stan Curtis is VP of Systems

Stan Curtis is a senior business development executive, with experience in process modeling, performance assessment and change management. As a strategy consultant for IBM and Accenture, Mr. Curtis led practices in technology strategy, open innovation and platform-based development. Most recently with IBM, Mr. Curtis is still an advisor in their Smarter Cities research and continues his work with Accenture and White House Fellows on sustainability models and wellness management.

With a systems engineering background, a graduate degree in operations research from Berkeley, and research with MIT, Mr. Curtis is a founding member of IBM's Open Innovation Council and advisor to New York and Silicon Valley startups.  Stan facilitated several IBM Global Innovation workshops. Recent workshops were featured in IBM Smart Cities research, GOSCON, CEOs for Cities, The Competitiveness Institute, the Congress for New Urbanism and a Masterclass with CK Prahalad. Mr. Curtis is active with Portland/Metro planning experts and is an advisor on Eco-Districts and CIB Task Force on Smart Cities (TG88).

Robert Monster

Robert is the CEO of , which helps people search, connect, and buy local in over 22,000 cities globally. Their innovative search technology is branded with the identity of each and every city.

DigitalTown creates discoverable online communities where residents and visitors take part in local economic success on a global scale. DigitalTown makes civic pride a call to action and inspires people to co-create solutions together in communities across the globe.

Event Details

Program starts at 7:00pm, and ends at 8:30.

Social hour from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

Impact Hub Seattle

220 Second Ave South
Seattle, WA 98104

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