Connecting Cities, Data and Citizens

How will data and technology affect cities of the future?


Think future city and what comes to mind?

Dystopia or Utopia? A bleak and dark environment, like Blade Runner’s Los Angeles, or the fabulous and connected San Francisco of Star Trek and Bicentennial Man? Nearly half of the world’s population lives in a city – three-quarters by 2050 – so it’s critical we get this right.

A truly connected city – built first and foremost with technology in mind – doesn’t have to result in the bleak outcomes depicted in popular media. In fact, a connected city could mean giant leaps forward in operational efficiency, energy usage, security and civic action. Our future city is being influenced, at least in part, by a convergence of technologies: Big Data, the Internet of Things, sprawling sensor networks, autonomous vehicles, new forms of software and communication protocols. 

What would it mean, for example, if every building, vehicle, and device is connected to the same network and can communicate with each other across a common language? Can AI and machine learning be used in the future so a city can manage itselfCould these technologies be wrapped up together in something called “City-as-a-Service”? What kind of innovation will these advancements unlock for new startups and entrepreneurs?

And, ultimately, how will this translate into real value for real citizens? How can city and government create buy-in for their citizens? Come explore the answers to these and many more questions with us on March 15.



Our presenters and panelists explore the impact of technology on the future of our cities and citizens.

Moderator Heather Lewis (Director of the Fast Pitch program for Social Venture Partners) introduces us to the possibilities of life in Connected Cities.

Michael Mattmiller (City of Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Seattle Information Technology Department) discusses how the City of Seattle leverages technologies in innovative ways to create a more connected Seattle.

Stan Curtis (Vice President of Systems for URBAN.SYSTEMS) presents lessons learned from the SmartCITIES pilots in Masdar and Hong Kong, including the last-mile problem and CITIES-as-a-platform.

Loreana Marciante (Project Manager for Smart City Challenge, Vulcan Inc.) presents about Vulcan's Smart City Challenge, what ideas were presented, and how Columbus came together to win.

At the conclusion of the program Heather Lewis leads a Town Hall-style Q&A session to address questions from the audience. Greta Knappenberger (Director of Smart Cities for iSoftStone North America), and Clare Hegg (Senior Product Marketing Manager for Socrata) join our presenters on the panel.

Join us March 15 for a peek into the technologies that will shape everyday life in tomorrow’s connected city.


Event Schedule

5:30p – 6:15p  Networking / No-Host Bar / Light Snacks

5:40p – 6:10p  STEM presentation for students

6:15p – 6:30p  Opening Remarks by Jimmy Jia

6:30p – 8:00p  Presentation

8:00p – 8:30p  Town Hall-style Q&A


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Heather Lewis

Heather will be moderating this event, as she has successfully done for MIT Enterprise Forum in the past. Heather has her hand in many programs, holding a position on UW Bothell's Pacific Northwest Cybersecurity Business Leadership Council, the Thriving Communities Network, and the chair for the city of Seattle's Community Technology Advisory Board. In short, if you need someone knowledgeable on policy, confidently leading the push for smarter infrastructure, look no further.

Michael Mattmiller

Michael Mattmiller is the Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Seattle Information Technology Department for the City of Seattle.

In this role Michael is responsible for connecting the City to the public, providing the City’s workforce with productivity enhancing technology solutions, and ensuring the public can equitably participate in the City’s high-tech economy.

Since joining the City in 2014, Michael has focused on delivering solutions that optimize the City’s use of technology resources, build trust in how the City uses the public’s information, and increased the availability of gigabit broadband service to homes and businesses across Seattle.

Prior to his work at the City, Michael was a senior strategist at Microsoft focused on data privacy and protection practices across the company’s enterprise cloud solutions and a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Michael received his MS in Information Systems Development from The George Washington University.

Stan Curtis

Presenter Stan Curtis
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Stan Curtis is VP of Urban 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).

Loreana Marciante

Loreana is the Project Manager for Smart City Challenge, Vulcan, Inc.

Smart City Challenge is a cooperative effort between Vulcan Inc.'s Climate and Energy philanthropic initiatives and the USDOT.  

Over the last 15 years Loreana has worked on multiple urban transportation infrastructure projects such as the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica and the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle, WA, as well as several commercial real estate development projects in the Seattle region.

Loreana holds a Licenciatura in Industrial Engineering from the University of Costa Rica, a M.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University with emphasis in urban sustainability and transit oriented development, and several professional certificates from the University of Washington.

Clare Hegg

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Clare Hegg is the Senior Product Marketing Manager for Socrata, the market leader in cloud-based data democratization solutions for government. Socrata allows them leverage their data to dramatically impact the effectiveness of their programs, allowing it to be discoverable, usable and actionable for both government workers and the citizens they serve.

She does this by bringing a near cultish zest to cement the voice of the customer into every aspect of the organization, and that voice ranges from the Chief Data Officer to the constituents of a city like Seattle. Prior to Socrata, Clare was with the digital team at T-Mobile developing an initiative to promote IoT focused hack-a-thons, she launched Plesk 12 at Odin (formerly Parallels), and was on the product marketing team at Oracle (via RightNow Technologies).

In her spare time you can find Clare traveling, biking, being a home-cook, partaking in Pacific Northwest fancy offerings, or listening to music spanning from old school country western to hip hop.

Greta Knappenberger

Presenter Greta Knappenberger
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Greta Knappenberger is a 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 Verizon as 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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

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