Quest for a Smart City Framework: A Conversation with Mayors, Technology Experts and CIOs
12:00 - 1:00 pm | Seminar CTE3
Connected Tech
Architects | City Managers / Urban Planners | Energy Consultants | Engineers | Facilities Managers | IT Managers | Lighting Designers | Security Managers | Smart Home Installers | Sustainability Managers | Systems Integrators
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced
George Burciaga
CEO & Managing Partner – IGNITE CITIES
Miguel Gamiño
EVP Global Cities – Mastercard
Richard Ng
VP Strategic Business & Smart Cities – VT Systems Inc.
Joanna Wadsworth, PE
Program Manager, IT Dept, Emerging Technologies Division – City of Las Vegas
Chris Johnson – MODERATOR
Founder & CEO – IoT Frames

The digital transformation of people and place has accelerated given the increasing and dynamic set of technologies, sensors, gateways, connected devices and more for gathering important data. Framing an IoT journey is done by first creating an IoT business strategy and then building a framework for expectations and the purpose of the data. Knowing the purpose identifies the technologies, analytics, appropriate architecture and applications a city is going to need in order to monetize the IoT initiative. Because each municipality will have their own unique requirements and goals, business cases will need to be identified, validated and prioritized. Learn the four criteria for exploring use cases for IoT and hear from some of those cities that have taken the journey.

  • Interview and conduct facilitation workshops with business leadership in your city.
  • Capture, document, and develop a succinct description of each use case including business potential, the impact on the city or county’s key financial drivers, the implementation risks and a rough estimate of the financial value of the use case over the next 12 to 18 months.
  • Publish and corroborate the use case details with other business leaders and the general public. One way to help validate the use case is to create a persona for each type of community participant who either impacts or is impacted by the use case.
  • Prioritize the use case and value from the perspective of 'ROI versus implementation' feasibility. This process is critical because (1) Not all use cases are equal from a business value and implementation feasibility perspective and (2) Some use cases may be prerequisites for other use cases.
George Burciaga - speaker
George Burciaga
CEO & Managing Partner

In 2018, George Burciaga launched IGNITE CITIES, a global consulting practice designed to architect relationships with mayors, CIOs and leading tech firms. IGNITE is redefining the connected city focus and developing solution that scale, replicate and are profitable. Profitability is offered as new revenue, measurable efficiencies and sustainability after deployment. Most recently, George’s software firm, elevate DIGITAL, was recently acquired by CIVIQ Smartscapes, the industry and global leader within IoT and SMART City technology. George launched elevate DIGITAL in 2012, to transform citizen engagement at street-level with its “Citizen Mobility Experience” – a platform connecting devices, processes, data and messaging across SMART Cities.

Miguel Gamino - speaker
Miguel Gamiño
EVP Global Cities

Miguel Gamiño Jr. joined Mastercard as its executive vice president for global cities in 2018, and leads the scaling of urban tech solutions pioneered by Mastercard and shape new partnership models to address cities’ most pressing challenges. Most recently, he was the chief technology officer of New York City. Prior roles include being the CIO for the City and County of San Francisco and the CIIO for the City of El Paso. Before that, he was an entrepreneur, developing some of the earliest cloud-based services and launching two companies based in El Paso, TX and Silicon Valley, CA, operating nationwide.

Richard Ng - speaker
Richard Ng
VP Strategic Business & Smart Cities
VT Systems Inc.

As the Vice President of Strategic Business and Smart Cities in VT Systems, the US Regional Headquarters of the Singapore Technologies Engineering Group (ST Engineering), Richard Ng is responsible for reaching out to and helping the US Cities further their Smart City vision by leveraging on the resources and experience across the entire ST Engineering Group. Richard started his career with the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, and worked on the development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems, which managed Singapore’s urban traffic control to incident management.

Joanna Wadsworth - speaker
Joanna Wadsworth, PE
Program Manager, IT Dept, Emerging Technologies Division
City of Las Vegas

Joanna Wadsworth is a registered professional engineer and serves as a Program Manager in the Information Technology Department, Emerging Technologies Division at the City of Las Vegas. Focus area includes working across city departments to develop a smart city strategy as well as developing and implementing technology projects to support the City’s strategic goals. In 2017, she was involved in the launch of the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle to be deployed with Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication on a public roadway. A native of Las Vegas, Joanna earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in civil engineering. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Chris Johnson
Founder & CEO
IoT Frames

Chris Johnson is a Strategic Partner for enterprises in software development, with a passion for connective solutions and economic development around the globe. During 2018, he has engaged in speaking events at the Harvard Club NYC and other digital innovation initiatives covering IoT and Blockchain. He collaborates with PTC, Plantronics, TeleSource, IoT Frames, Planar, Mersive, and other global thought leaders to define connective software and create advanced business solutions. He serves on the Connected TechExpo advisory board and participates in the IEEE, Executive Technology Council, and other technology associated groups. His experience spans the dynamic world of small business innovation, as well as a tenure of more than ten years in emerging technology guiding in one of the world’s largest healthcare enterprises with revenues approaching $30 billion annually.