AGRION Smart Cities Symposium - FULL DAY MEETING

March 22, 2012











When the latest in green building, sustainable transportation, and renewable energy generation come together, we will witness Smart Cities. According to Pike Research, investment in Smart City technology infrastructure will total $108 billion over the next 8 years. Join us March 22nd for the AGRION Smart Cities Symposium 2012, as we highlight some of the work being done to transform the urban centers of the world into data-driven, integrated Smart Cities.





Networking Breakfast

10:30 - 12:00

Smart City Projects: Planning, Financing & Implementation


A discussion between the governmental representatives of pioneering smart city projects that will cover the scope of the projects, the implementation process, and lessons learned.


  Talking Points:

  • Idea Generation:
    • Who brought this project forward?
    • Who were the early champions?
    • Was there pressure to implement these changes?
    • What were the driving factors that led to the implementation of the project?
  • Planning:
    • Who were the project stakeholders that were present throughout the planning phase?
  • Financing:
    • What were the sources/structures of financing employed to cover the costs of the project?
  • Implementation:
    • What were the phases of implementing Smart City technologies, and what steps remain?


City of San Jose - Department of Transportation, Laura Stuchinsky, Sustainability Officer

City of San Francisco - Department of Environment, Melanie Nutter, Director

Glendale Water and Power, Glenn Steiger, CEO  



Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects at Stanford University, Dr. Ryan Orr, Executive Director



12:00 - 1:00


Networking Lunch 

1:00 - 2:30

Big Data Infrastructure for Smart Cities


Talking Points:

  • In cities where machines communicate with infrastructure and users, what are the main challenges in converting data points into actionable levers for city officials? Will machines, users and infrastructure ever speak the same language?
  • Small, Medium & Big Data - how many sensors does a city need to respond & react? What are the impacts Big Data can have on real time crisis management, energy efficiency and tackling emissions targets?
  • How can giant data infrastructure companies engage citizens and protect privacy while building energy neutral cities? What are the necessary partnerships and steps? What role will telecommunication companies play in this shift?
    • Solutions Implemented
    • Performance
    • Return On Investment



Cisco Systems, Inc, Roland Acra, Vice President, Smart Grid

IBM, Dr. Peter Williams, Chief Technology Officer, Big Green Innovations

Lucid Design Group, Vladi Shunturov, CTO and Co-Founder

Screampoint, Paul Doherty, President



Smart Grid Library, Christine Hertzog, Managing Director



2:30 - 3:00


Coffee & Networking

3:00 - 4:30

Transportation Innovation & Smart Transit 


Global investment in smart transportation systems will reach $13.2 billion through 2017*. Join the discussion on the innovative designs and systems in the transportation sector of Smart Cities. 


Talking Points:

  • Transportation systems demand response: software solutions for empowering users
  • Shifting ownership models in private transportation: how is the industry preparing for mobility as a service?
  • What are the opportunities for reducing the energy bill of a city through efficiently designed multi-modal transportation?
  • How can smart transportation improve public health?
  • From technology to political will: what are the barriers to project implementation?


Telvent, Patrick McGowan, President

Gartner, Thilo Koslowski, Vice President & Distinguished Analyst 

Arup, Tony Bruzzone, Associate Principal & Transportation Planner

SF Municipal Transportation Agency, Timothy Papandreou, Deputy Director, Sustainable Streets



City of San Francisco - Department of Environment, Bill Zeller, Manager, Clean Vehicle Programs

*Pike Research

4:30 - 5:00

Keynote -  Cole Roberts, Arup - Energy & Resource Sustainability

5:00 - 6:30 Wine Reception furnished by Parducci




List of Previous AGRION Speakers - March 2012


Arup SF, 560 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105


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